The House of Representatives impeached President Donald J. Trump last Wednesday, charging him for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
The impeachment articles will be sent to the Senate to hold a trial to determine if Trump should be removed from office or be acquitted. The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t send the articles of impeachment because she is waiting for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to first decide on the rules that will direct the trial.
“I support the impeachment because we need to set a precedent for successive presidents,” said Ethan Sykes of Butterfield, 19, and student at MSU Mankato studying political science with a planned law degree after undergrad. “We should hold people occupying the highest position in the U.S. government and arguably the most powerful individual in the world, to the highest standard. Holding aide from Ukraine to assist his re-election is a cut and clear abuse of power. Having members from his cabinet refuse to comply with subpoenas is an obstruction of Congress and also an impeachable offense in my eyes.”
In regards to the transcribed call to Ukraine, "The only thing he says is, 'We would like you to do 'us,' not 'me,' but 'us' a favor. This is the big bone of contention,” said Kevin Jence of St. James, 51, over the road truck driver. “They can't get him on anything. He hasn't actually broken the law...This past week [the democrats] have done just what they've been trying to accuse him of, abusing their power."
As the House holds the articles of impeachment until the Senate agrees to be unbiased while trying the president, “Mitch McConnell has said he will be working closely with the White House to fight impeachment,” said Sykes. “He should not be working with the person who is being charged.”
Sykes is still expecting the Senate to vote down both articles of impeachment due to the Republican majority.
“I would like them to have this trial,” said Jence, “because in that case, the Republicans have a chance to call on the Whistleblower, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and some of these other people that they did not get a chance to look at before."
President Trump is the third president to be impeached after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. The impeachment hearings lasted a little over two months.
McConnell isn’t expecting any progress on the trial until next year, while House Democrats privately prepare for the trial to begin as early as January 6.