Should Trump be impeached?

Owen Bargar, Journalist

On July 25th, President Trump was on the phone with Volodymyr Zelensky allegedly negotiating a quid pro quo. Websters’ Dictionary defines a quid pro quo as “something given or received for something else”. President Trump allegedly stated on the call with Mr.Zelensky that he withheld  four-hundred million dollars for military aid in exchange for “dirt” on his competition in the 2020 election: Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. This call with Mr. Zelensky led to a nationwide scandal debating whether the President should be impeached. Many people wonder if this is something that the president should be impeached for, but many still do not even know how the whole process works. An impeachment is a very long, drawn-out process with many different checks between different parts of the government. 

For instance, the president can be removed from office for treason, bribery, or higher crimes. Once the House of Representatives investigate the situation, they send the information to Judiciary committee who drafts the article on impeachment. Next, the Judiciary committee would send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for the President to be tried. Two-thirds of the Senate must now vote for President Trump to be impeached. To answer the lingering question of many is whether the President has a chance to be impeached or not; the answer seems to be no. In the Senate there are fifty-three Republicans, forty-five Democrats, and two Independents. This would mean both members from the Independent party and 12 Republicans would have to vote for the President to be impeached. While it is nearly impossible for the President to be impeached due to the Republican-Democrat ratio, there’s technically a possible way.

 On November 14th, a poll on the Hamptonian had students answer the question “Should Trump Be Impeached?” Fifty-nine percent of respondents answered “No” and forty-one percent “yes”. Students were also interviewed during lunch and many had things to say. Michael Beraducci, a junior at Hampton, said, “Adam Schiff knows who the whistleblower is, but won’t disclose him”, while Alex Polk, a sophomore, said, “He had it coming”. When I asked Polk about this, he went on a rant about Trump who “is always doing bad things”. Although, many students at Hampton believe Trump should stay; the decision is ultimately up to Senate. Previously stated in the second paragraph, the senate will most likely vote for Donald Trump to stay president and finish his term.