On July 25, President Trump had a phone call with Ukraine’s President. A rough transcript of the phone call revealed that Trump allegedly asked Ukraine’s President to investigate former vice president, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the persecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.” Trump said, according to the released White House transcript.
The phone call was brought to light by a whistleblower, who listened in on the phone call. A large percentage of the whistleblower’s complaint has been confirmed by U.S documents, including the transcript of the call, witness statements, and independent investigative reports.
“I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” According to the whistleblower’s complaint.
On September 24, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, gave a speech on the official Impeachment inquiry proceedings, but what would an impeachment mean?
An impeachment proceeding is a formal process where a sitting U.S president may be accused of wrongdoing. This process begins in the U.S. House of Representatives, where any member of the House may suggest to launch an impeachment proceeding. The Speaker of the House will then determine whether or not to proceed with an inquiry into the alleged wrongdoing. However, impeachment doesn’t mean a president is kicked out of office. A president can continue governing even after they have been impeached by the House of Representatives. The Senate is then tasked with handling the impeachment trial. A higher percentage of the Senate has to vote in favor of conviction than in the House of Representatives. In the House, a simple majority is needed, and in the Senate, a two-thirds majority is needed. The president can face later criminal charges.
Trump responded in a tweet, “The Whistleblower and others spoke BEFORE seeing the Transcript. Now they must apologize to me and stop this ridiculous impeachment!” Trump tweeted.
Since the rough transcript of the phone call has been released, another whistleblower has come forward. This whistleblower has first-hand knowledge of the Ukraine phone call. This now complicates what has been the President’s go-to defense, that the complaint was second-hand.