A guide to the impeachment inquiry

Gabriel Colman, Reporter

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The house of representatives quarrel about the impeachment inquiry.

What has been occurring in the D.C. lately? Why is everybody talking about impeachment? What even is impeachment? These are just a few questions that many Americans are asking right now, and a lot of people are not fully informed on what is happening and the amount of  time and importance that this process has.

 Let’s break it down.

  1.   What is impeachment under the United States Constitution? 

Impeachment in the United States is the process by which the legislature, usually the House of Representatives, brings charges against a civil officer of government for crimes allegedly committed. After this, the grand jury takes all the information they can find and analyze it until they come to an indictment. Analogous to the bringing of an indictment by a grand jury. Then, if the impeachment inquiry is passed in the House of Representatives, the Senate holds a trial against the official being accused. This is where the senators vote on whether to remove the official from office or not. But what does this mean? This is basically saying that the House of Representatives in Congress have the power under the constitution to formally charge a person in office of criminal charges, and if passed in the House, the Senate has their own trail.

An impeachment inquiry is a rare process due to how long the process takes. However, there have been two presidents that have been officially impeached. The process of charging a high official in the government has happened many times, but the actual charging of the crimes to that official has only been fully processed two times. It happened against former president Andrew Johnson and president William J. Clinton.

 

  1. So, who is the impeachment inquiry about? And when is it happening? 

Current President Trump and his time in office is being analyzed by the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives voted yes on moving forward with the impeachment inquiry on October 31.

Now, the House is moving forward on public hearings and interviewing special people that have worked in the Trump administration to try and pull some crucial information that would be used to prove President Trump of wrongdoing during his administration and impeach him.

It’s important to keep on reading the news on this topic; it is an essential topic that affects everybody in the United States and will keep appearing in the newspapers and news shows until it is over.

 

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