Saturday, 12 November 2016

Will Donald Trump be Impeached?


                                                     Mr. Donald Trump


For now, no one can answer that question in the affirmative but the chances are really very high. If as things stand now the American Establishment comes to accept the fact that getting rid of Trump is a veritable way to bring peace and unite the country, they will not hesitate to do so. This is because it will not be too difficult for them to dig up impeachable offenses against Mr. Trump.

What exactly constitute Impeachable Offenses in the United States? According to the US Constitution, "Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors" justify impeachment, although the exact definition of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" is often the subject of debate. Usually, impeachment is reserved for serious offenses and abuses of power, and it is up to the impeaching body to determine whether or not an offense is impeachable. Offenses do not have to violate criminal law in order to be impeachable.



Once impeachable offenses are established, the next step is to commence a trial. Once the House of Representatives impeaches, the Senate tries the accused. Senators are sworn in as jurors and rules for the proceedings are established. When a US President is impeached, the Chief Justice of the United States presides at the trial. A two-thirds majority is required to convict; otherwise, the accused is acquitted.

If a conviction is secured by the Senate, that brings immediate removal from office of the President. If such official is convicted, the Senate may take a second vote to determine whether or not to bar the official from holding any public office in the future. The Senate trial does not constitute a criminal trial and the Senate decision does not have power beyond removal from office and barring of future public office. The impeached official is still subject to criminal prosecution for any criminal offenses, if any, that were included in the articles of impeachment.

Even though fellow Republicans may be in the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, of the United States at the moment, impeaching Mr. Trump will not be difficult. This is because he is clearly not on the same page politically with the power-wielders in his Republican party. These are interesting times indeed for the United States of America.

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