On August 12, 2019, a whistleblower filed a complaint against President Donald J. Trump. The complaint contained a phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. This phone call took place on July 25, 2019. In this conversation, President Trump pressured the Ukrainian President to investigate Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s activities. President Trump also requested that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy claim that the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential elections came from Ukraine.
I believe that absolutely no man or woman is above the rule of law. When I say that no one is above the law, this means that even if you’re part of the social elite, you still need to be held accountable for your actions. So, as stated in Article 2, Section 4 of the United States Constitution, “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” This means that when the President, Vice President and all politicians commit a crime, they still need to pay for their actions.
President Trump is currently going through the process of a possible impeachment. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the first public hearings for the impeachment inquiry began. These public hearings would continue until Friday November 15, 2019. During Marie Yovanovitch’s public testimony, she said that she was targeted by the president and his allies.
She also claimed that she felt threatened by President Trump. Yovanovitch was previously a United States ambassador to Ukraine. While Yovanovitch was publicly testifying, President Trump was on Twitter. While on Twitter, he tweeted, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors… They call it ‘serving at the pleasure of the President.’ The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.”
From my point of view, it seems that Trump is trying to intimidate Yovanovitch. Witness intimidation is a crime; it is classified as witness tampering. Depending on the circumstances, witness tampering can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If President Trump is charged with witness tampering then he could ,theoretically, be removed from office because, like the Constitution stated he could be removed from office for committing a misdemeanor or other high crime.
In my opinion, President Trump should be impeached for the fact that
He blatantly tried to intimidate a witness who was testifying against him. Even if Trump is not convicted because of the phone call incident, he should still have to answer to the law for the fact that he publicly attempted to intimidate a witness.
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