Dalila Omerovic, Opinions Editor
It’s an exciting time in American government, especially for the Democratic Party, because President Donald Trump may finally be facing charges for impeachment.
On Thursday, Sept. 19, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve a resolution that outlined the rules of the impeachment investigation which is considered to be the first vote in the Trump’s potential impeachment.
The chairman of the committee, Jerry Nadler, stated that the committee is now engaged in an investigation to allow Congress to determine whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Trump. Other prominent Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are refraining from calling the investigation an impeachment inquiry, but chairman Nadler made clear the exact purpose of the ongoing investigation.
A recent CNN analysis found that the less competitive their district is, the more likely it is that a House Democrat will support an impeachment investigation. Essentially, the more anti-Trump a representative’s district is, the more likely that the representative will support an impeachment inquiry. This is likely to divide House Democrats as the investigation begins and shows how concerned these representatives are about re-election.
Under the new resolution that was passed, the committee has the ability to deem committee hearings as impeachment hearings, question witnesses, collect information in a closed setting, and give the President’s lawyers the ability to respond.
Nadler stated that the investigation will go way beyond the Mueller report and look into matters of corruption, abuse of power and obstruction of justice. The first hearing will be held on Sept. 17.
The committee will likely focus on Trump’s campaign involvement with Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election, hush money payments to the women who claim that they’d had affairs with Trump, Emoluments Clause violations and the use of the presidency for personal profit.
Trump has done a number of questionable things both in and out of office. There have been a number of instances in Trump receiving official business at his private properties. Just a few weeks ago at the G-7 summit in France, Trump openly voiced his wish to host next year’s summit at one of his properties in Florida. Therefore, an inquiry into these is a step in the right direction by House Democrats, especially after the concerning Mueller report was released.
One particularly interesting area of the investigation is the Emoluments Clause violations by Trump. The claim is that his business interests violate the U.S. Constitution because they act as conflicts of interest with his presidency. If the House Judiciary Committee is able to prove this, Trump will most likely be facing impeachment.