Public Impeachment hearings against Trump have begun

Photography courtesy of – National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, left, and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 19, 2019.

The impeachment of President Trump might actually be a possibility in the near future. Talk of impeaching Trump started before he even took office back in 2016, however until this point impeachment didn’t seem likely.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the House Intelligence Committee began holding public hearings in order to gather evidence to help determine if there are grounds to move forward with the impeachment process.

Trump is accused of withholding military aid from the war-torn nation of Ukraine unless high ranking politicians of the Ukrainian government helped him dig up dirt on political opponent Joe Biden. So far there have been several witnesses testifying for both sides.

These hearings are the fourth presidential impeachment hearings in our country’s history. Several news sources are streaming the hearings live online and highlight clips can be found on YouTube.

Impeachment is a long drawn out process, and this is only one of the first steps, but depending on what the hearings uncover the next step will be a vote with the Democratic controlled House of Representatives.

The final decision however will rest with the Republican owned Senate, which presents a huge barrier for those in favor of impeachment.

Some people are not happy with the impeachment hearings. Chad Keys, political science major, told Island Waves, “Impeachment is being used as a partisan political weapon to keep Trump from winning in 2020.

“Democrats have rigged the process and are excluding Republicans from asking questions and calling witnesses,” Keys went on to say. Though it should be noted that there are nine Republicans on the committee running the public hearings.

For many students, the impeachment hearings are not something they are concerned with. Elena Erhardt, nursing major, said, “I have heard of it but I’m just not really interested in it. I just don’t really feel like it affects me any.”

Stay tuned with Island Waves as we continue to bring you updates on the current attempts to impeach Trump!