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Impeachment Controversy Over President Donald Trump

President Trump’s impeachment hearing, previously held in the House of Representatives behind closed doors, was held as a public hearing on TV on November 13th. The US public opinion toward Trump’s impeachment battle has been sharply divided between the democrats and republicans in the US. The result of the impeachment process will have a considerable impact on the presidential election next year in November 3rd. Therefore, the controversy over the unconstitutionality of the Trump-Ukraine scandal, which most likely will determine whether President Trump gets impeached or not, is a hot potato in US politics. The Trump–Ukraine scandal is an allegation that President Trump pressured Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky through a phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, in July 25th, 2019. This scandal started in September 2019 with a whistle-blower complaint of an unknown CIA officer. The Democrats argue that Trump’s demands were apparent abuses of power. The Republicans, however, refuted that there was no political pressure on Zelensky by Trump during the phone call on July 25th. Since the republicans constitute the majority of seats in the Senate, it is less likely that Trump will be impeached because the senates must decide whether the impeachment is right by trial. If public opinion, however, leans toward impeachment, the Republicans could give in for more votes. If impeachment gets passed, Trump’s term will be suspended, and Vice-President Mike Pence will take over the presidential office.

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