The United States House Democrats passed a resolution last Thursday, officially outlining the rules of the impeachment process concerning Donald Trump and making the impeachment inquiry official. United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presided over the meeting. In the open House debates ahead of the vote, Pelosi stated, “I don’t know why the Republicans are afraid of the truth… Every member should support allowing the American people to hear the facts for themselves. That is really what this vote is about. It’s about the truth.” After her speech, the House members voted.
The resolution passed with all but two Democrats voting against it; none of the Republicans voted for it. What drove the Democrats to issue this resolution started with a whistleblower complaint issued in July 2019 about the president’s misuse of his powers, especially with the country of Ukraine. Donald Trump had a phone conversation in August with the Ukrainian president and its content proved to be highly controversial and consequential.
The transcript of the call between the two leaders has been released to the public, though it is reported to have been highly edited. Nevertheless, it is apparent that President Trump had requested the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to dig up information of corruption concerning the former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and the Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election for Trump’s political advantage in the 2020 presidential election. Moreover, Trump had supposedly assigned surrogates to pressure the Ukrainain government and other foreign powers to abide by his requests. Inviting a foreign power to interfere in the political election of the United States is illegal, especially when the sitting president abuses his power to do so.
It was reported that many of the White House staff have tried to cover the contents of the phone call and wipe away its occurrence. After the success of the resolution, Trump conveyed his frustration and told the Washington Examiner, “At some point, I’m going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it. When you read it, it’s a straight callweeted, .” Despite what his staff believe, Trump believes the phone call to be harmless and completely legal, even exonerating him from these claims.
Others, such as Pelosi, disagree and condemn what the president has done. With the passing of the resolution, the impeachment inquiry has taken its second step in revealing the truth about Trump’s use of his presidential powers to the American people.