The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

The lead-up to Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry, what you should know, why you should care

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The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

Bianca Fairchild, Editor In Chief

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KNOW:

A timeline of the events in the impeachment inquiry.

   The issue of Donald Trump and his alleged crimes in the 2016 election starts all the way back in the nineties with the President working with Russia in his business affairs, however, the true issues that affected the election more directly began in 2014. Surprisingly though, Trump and his corporation have been working business with Russia’s government since the eighties. 

   True suspicion of Russian involvement with the Trump Campaign began all the way back in 2016, not too long before the election. As whispers of secret Russian hacking, funding, and meetings with the Trump Campaign continued to flourish, the FBI launched two investigations that eventually lead to Robert Mueller’s investigation that ended with the mysterious “Mueller Report”. Trump, who was only a candidate at the time, hinted at having “dirt” on Hillary Clinton that lead to his iconic and ironic use of the phrase “Crooked Hillary”. All of this Trump claimed to be “fake news”, and he still won the election. 

   However, there are confirmed records of consistent meetings between Trump, his officials, his own children, and Russian and Ukrainian operatives for the last four years. On multiple occasions, such as records from the Mueller Report from 2016, there is proof that Russia did plan to intercept in the American election and conspired to hack into members of the Democrat Party’s emails. As everyone knows, WikiLeaks released a whole slew of emails that incriminated, Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton only days before the election. 

   The Trump Campaign also hired conservative advisor and social media experts Cambridge Analytica that focused solely on manipulating “sway-able” voters who would be able to vote for Trump with a certain amount of propaganda and advertisements on their Facebook page. 

   Despite the ongoing allegations of collusion in the election, corruption, manipulation and even treason, the issue of President Trump’s impeachment was never seriously considered until recently. 

   With the release of audio from a call between President Donald Trump and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine revealed some information that lead to Democrats in the U.S. to consider impeachment. On July 25, 2019, President Trump, after stating the favors the U.S. government has done for Ukraine told Zelenskyy: 

   “I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.” 

   President Trump then went on to ask Ukraine’s President to arrange further investigation into a trial involving Joe and Hunter Biden, who will likely be his competition in the 2020 election.

   Following this release, House Democrats are now looking into getting the votes to start an impeachment trial on the President. 

CARE: 

   First and foremost, this issue should be important to every person living in the United States because our President has the possibility of being impeached. This would be a monumental, historical shift that has not occurred in the U.S. since President Nixon’s impeachment. Simply discussing this matter is of serious importance and every single American should be paying attention. 

   This issue with the President could be highly problematic for the next general election in 2020. On one hand, if the Democrats fail to impeach Trump, they could face losing the election again. Joe Biden, who has been viewed as the one candidate who could beat Trump, could lose credibility and have his reputation ruined if what President Trump said about him and his son is true. On the other hand, President Trump could be impeached, which would easily be a loss for him and any Republican that has supported him in the past. In addition, this kind of change could lead to a highly divisive political climate in the near future between conservative and liberal groups. This kind of division could lead to an extremely hostile and slow governmental system that is distraught with conflict. 

   The other problem here, is that if all of the evidence against Donald Trump is true, then this means that our President has used other countries’ power, social media, and our nation’s susceptibility to propaganda and gullibility to manipulate our population into distrusting journalism, distrusting each other, and this would force us to distrust our government. All around, an impeachment trial in this country likely would be seriously or permanently damaging. 

   Everyone should be watching the following events carefully and stay educated on this issue because it could lead to intensely confusing and anger-filled reactions from everyone involved. This will easily affect our nation for years to come. 

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