By Ivan Cazares
The word “impeachment” has been thrown around since President Donald Trump was elected, but there were no official proceedings until U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry yesterday. This isn’t a guarantee that the president will be impeached, but rather the start of an investigation into a conversation between Trump and the president of the Ukraine.
Article 2, section 4 of the U.S. Constitution says impeachment is a political process in which any U.S. officer “shall be removed from Office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Pelosi’s announcement came in the wake of mounting pressure by house Democrats and Trump’s admission to having spoken with Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, about corruption allegations aimed at former Vice President Joe Biden.
“(The conversation) was mostly about corruption, all the corruption that’s going on (in the Ukraine,) and that we don’t want our people like (former) vice president Biden and his son, (contributing) to the corruption in the Ukraine,” Trump said.
The allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden date back to the former vice president’s term in the White House. Biden began visits to the Ukraine in 2014 following the ousting of former Ukranian president Viktor Yanukovych. His son took a position on the board of Ukraine’s largest gas provider soon after. Questions of a possible conflict of interest were raised publicly given that the younger Biden was reportedly making thousands while his father worked closely with the government.
President Trump announced on Tuesday that he authorized the release of the transcript of the conversation with Zelensky following Pelosi’s announcement.
“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the constitution, especially when the President says Article II says I could do whatever I want,” Pelosi said. “This week the president has admitted to asking the president of the Ukraine to take action that would benefit him politically. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the President’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.