The vote for impeachment was a vote for democracy.
The House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump, making him only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. The vote was along party lines, but the vote to impeach was not partisan, but patriotic.
Trump’s schemed to coerce a vulnerable foreign nation to publicly announce an investigation into a political rival. In doing so, he turned U.S. foreign policy into a means to further his personal interests. That was a clear breach of Trump’s fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the American people. The vote to impeach was a statement of strong disapproval of such misconduct.
While impeachment is necessary to hold Trump accountable for his high crimes, the primary reason impeachment is necessary is because he is a clear and present danger to democracy, and removal from office is necessary to protect this nation’s security and elections. His misconduct shows he cannot be trusted to wield the vast powers of the office, especially the power to conduct sensitive foreign relations.
Trump also deserved impeachment for his systematic obstruction of Congress’ investigation into his misconduct. Trump ordered his aides and officers to ignore Congressional subpoenas to testify and turn over documents. He stonewalled at every step in the impeachment inquiry, aggressively seeking to cover up his misconduct.
A president who refuses to abide by the rule of law is a president who cannot be trusted to uphold the rule of law.
The process now shifts to the Senate for trial. Two-thirds of senators present must vote to convict Trump in order for him to be removed from office. It is imperative that a full and fair trial be conducted. A sham trial orchestrated by the GOP Senate majority to facilitate an acquittal would seriously undermine the integrity of the impeachment process. The House has done its job. It’s now the Senate’s turn.