At the end of 2019, there was political news that might surprise many parties in the United States, even in the world. The news is President of the United States (POTUS) Donald Trump impeached. This process is not easy and short. Impeachment, which was ratified on 18 December 2019, was not yet the end of the process. Even though it is still ongoing, the impeachment of Trump has shattered the opinions that are pros and cons. How is the impeachment process in the USA? What was Trump doing that he was impeached and highlighted political news of the United States?
The impeachment process in the USA
The impeachment process in the USA is not easy and short. In short, the impeachment process is carried out through 3 stages of the procedure, namely Congress investigations, voting at the House of Representatives, and trial and voting at the Senate level. The first stage, namely Congress investigates, is carried out to find evidence and support what happened POTUS made mistakes so that it is feasible for impeachment. Typically, this stage is carried out in collaboration with the House Judiciary Committee.
The second stage is voting at the House of Representative level. At this stage, majority voting is needed so that impeachment can proceed to the next stage. At least, at least 51% of the votes required to support impeachment run smoothly. If successful, this has not yet become the end of the impeachment process. POTUS is still working as a leader but the process continues to the Senate stage.
It is at this Senate stage that the final stage is about the final impeachment decision. At least two-third votes (about 67%) are needed to finalize articles of impeachment. If the threshold is met, POTUS will be demoted and his position replaced by the Vice President. However, if the votes collected are less than the threshold, POTUS will remain at the White House.
Impeachment of Donald Trump
Impeachment of Donald Trump can be said as the kiu kiu online political news of the United States that received the most attention during December and 2019. This impeachment arises due to 2 main causes, namely the abuse of authority and hindering the performance of Congress. The two causes are 2 articles submitted as the article of impeachment.
This impeachment was initiated by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives who is a politician from the Democratic Party. This initiation was revealed on September 24, 2019. The legal process of article drafting for impeachment was set on December 5, 2019, by the Judiciary Committee.
After the drafting process is completed, a meeting process is carried out to develop and adjust the contents of the article. After being done, proceed to the voting process at the House of Representatives. At this stage, 230 votes approved the impeachment article 1 about the abuse of power. For impeachment article 2 about blocking Congress’ performance, get 229 votes. With the number of votes, the impeachment process will continue the trial in the Senate and proceed with voting.
Abuse of power by Donald Trump
This impeachment process arose because of Trump’s abuse of authority, especially regarding the USA’s relations with Ukraine, which also became political news of the United States. Trump is suspected of stopping military aid to Ukraine as a «threat».
The termination of aid is intended to make Ukraine’s elected president help Trump in investigating US presidential candidate Joe Biden in the upcoming 2020 elections. Also, this incident was intended to make Ukraine as a guilty party for the interference in the USA Election in 2016 (things where Russia is intervening).