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How To Impeach a President

Paola Hernandez Olvera, Reporter

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Impeachment is the process that a legislative body undergoes to charge the president of the United States, with one or more criminal offenses. Contrary to popular belief, when a president is impeached it doesn’t mean that they have been removed from office, it simply means that the president has been charged with a crime.

Since Donald Trump became president in 2016, the word “impeachment” has been heard more and more often. As the 2020 election nears, candidates have started to announce their entrance into the presidential race. Whether Trump is reelected or not, talk of impeachment continues to grow on social media and in the democratic section of the house of representatives. Junior Jose Carrillo said he hopes to see a different president in office for 2020.

“Personally I don’t want [Trump] to win again,” Carrillo said. “But the way the electoral college is set up, and realistically, he most likely will win the next presidential election. I really hope I’m wrong though.”

According to The Telegraph, a British broadsheet newspaper distributed everywhere in the United Kingdom and internationally, there has never been a president to be fully impeached throughout the entire history of the United States. However there have been three presidents who were close to being impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998 and Richard Nixon in 1973.

“From what I know [of] Bill Clinton’s close impeachment, congress or a sort of level of authority must all come to a decision as to whether a president should be impeached,” Carrillo said. “It’s usually because they committed a crime or theft.”

In Article Two, Section Four, the Constitution states that “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.” Forty-fifth President Donald Trump is currently under investigation for bribery. Trump was accused of bribing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their affair in 2006.

“I honestly believe [Trump] has committed acts which would get him impeached,” Carrillo said. “Because of his interference with Russia since the elections, calling out federal agencies like the Justice Department, and the biggest, lying about everything he’s said after taking oath to his presidency, for example, affairs with Stormy Daniels.”

The FBI started to investigate President Donald Trump in 2016 following his election into office and although the investigation is ongoing, Trump has not been officially charged by Congress. With past impeachment cases, presidents were put on trial for replacing a government official without notifying Congress, perjury and obstruction of justice, presidential power abuse and the famous Watergate Scandal. Senior Alejandra De La Cruz Lerma believes that President Trump should be impeached.

“He is not doing anything good for this country and it’s just going to bring the country to a downfall,” Lerma said.

Following the end of the 18 day government shutdown through the Democrat agreement, Trump declared a state of national emergency to fund the wall he wishes to build between the US-Mexico border. By declaring a state of national emergency, a situation usually resulting from a danger or threat of danger to the nation from foreign or domestic sources, without there being a real and threatening danger to the United States, Trump could be accused of abuse of his presidential power, much like Nixon.

“Trump has hurt the country, and because of his actions many people live in fear,” Lerma said. “This is not a way to live.”

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