Congress Looks into Trump Impeachment Inquiry: What You Need to Know

Minjun Kim and Noah Neri

What is going on with Trump?

Several weeks ago, an anonymous whistleblower within intelligence circles filed a complaint to the White House, which alleges that President Donald Trump attempted to pressure the Ukrainian government in order to obtain information about political rival Joe Biden. As details about this complaint began to emerge, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal inquiry to impeach the President on Sept. 24.

Is Trump going to be removed from office?

This impeachment inquiry means that Congress no longer believes that the President is able to serve and should be tried in the Senate to vote whether the President should be removed from office or not. 

As of now, Congress is collecting evidence to see if a trial is warranted. After this, Congress (both the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate) would have to vote for the Senate to try President Trump. Then, the Senate would have to vote either to remove Trump from  office or not. 

Hypothetically, even if Trump is impeached and goes to trial, it is not a guarantee that he will be removed from office. Presidents Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson were both impeached yet remained in office because they were acquitted by the Senate.

How does this affect the upcoming election?

There are two possible effects of this impeachment inquiry on the upcoming election, assuming that the president is not removed from the office by the end of his current term. One is that the voters who have supported Trump in the past may be swayed on voting against him. The other is that the impeachment inquiry may backfire for the Democrats and harden the minds of Trump’s voters, increasing his support system. Whatever happens, it is the responsibility of citizens to stay informed about impeachment and what is going on.