Is Impeachment For President Trump Even Possible?

Is Impeachment For President Trump Even Possible?

Recent contexts bring the speculation of collusion and the talks of impeachment towards the president.
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Is it possible to lead impeachment for President Donald Trump? The Trump Administration and the House of Representatives failed on Healthcare reform on March 24. After undermining and wanting to remove Barrack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, it looks like it will be sticking around for now.

Trump’s hundred days are almost up, and he has not prevailed so far, not appealing to U.S. citizens, being unethical, unprofessional and in some cases politically immature. Will impeachment be ruled in the following days to come?

To remind you what impeachment is, Congress has the powers that the Constitution grants for a formal charge brought to a civil officer in the government for crimes elegy committed. Against a president, vice president and other civil officers, they can be removed from office if under the convictions of treason, bribery, or other higher crimes and misdemeanors.

If Trump needed to get impeached, it would be up to the House of Representatives who have the power of impeaching. The Senate has the power to try the proceedings regards of the impeachment, going forth into a form of trial and cross-examination.The House members are the ones who present the prosecution and the Senate conducts the trial.

How can he be impeached?

The Russian scandal with Trump has been ongoing since the presidential election.The ordeal with Russian’s intelligence tampering with the elections, which allegedly has officials and citizens skeptical on believing it levied to Trump’s victory, has gotten members in Congress to throw out the words "treason." California Representative Maxine Waters tweeted “Get ready for impeachment.”

The speculation is not about Trump himself, but that his people were in contact with intelligence officials. It’s common for American candidates or officials to talk to foreign officials or heads of state; Obama did with the Germany’s prime minister in 2008.

VICE News asked an expert on constitutional law Carlton F.W. Larson if it’s possible for Trump and Moscow to reach an impeachment trial:

VICE: So how could the alleged contacts between Trump people and the Russian government go from being unusual or untoward to outright criminal?

Larson: The conversation itself would have to violate some other statute. Like, you revealed American classified information. Our intelligence officers, I assume, talk to foreign intelligence officers all the time, sometimes deliberately giving them misinformation. So if Michael Flynn was talking to Russian intelligence, maybe that could be part of his job—that he's trying to get something from them. Where it crosses the line is when he would be actually revealing classified information, which would violate an independent statute against government officers doing so.

To those who are unaware, Michael Flynn was first national security advisor appointed by President Trump, but had to resign after information got out that mislead Vice President Mike Pence about his communication with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He was security advisor for only 23 days.

This past Friday, Michael Flynn is requesting immunity in exchange for telling information regarding Trump’s campaign ties. The Senate Intelligence Committee rejected his request. This testimony is still on-going for now.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is also under scrutiny ever since sworn into the Trump administration. There was confirmation Sessions met with Kislyak in 2016, twice. Sessions has disqualified himself with any information regarding Trump’s campaign, Russia, or any other affiliation. The big issue is that he lied under oath stating he never had any affiliation nor contact with Russia. Lying under oath is a federal crime and can serve at least five years in federal prison.

It’s these contexts that brings the speculation of collusion and the talks of impeachment towards the president.Trump even tried to make accusations to the Obama administration for wire-tapping, which concluded to be completely false.These context clues can only make this debacle prolonged until, hopefully, the Trump administration is found guilty.

The difficulty to reach impeachment is that the House of Representatives and the Senate is ruled by the majority of Republicans; the party that Trump is affiliated with. Ties within the party can provide Trump to cling position and keep this conspiracy uncemented. If it’s not evident how the Republican side of Congress takes supreme, when removing Obamacare failed, Trump made another executive order to dismantle environmental protections, which was another establishment from the Obama-era. Contradictive, since there’s no proper health insurance.

It’s been 19-years since a President has been impeached (Bill Clinton) and only two presidents have been removed from office (Andrew Johnson). Hopefully, there will be a third for the history books.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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A Florida House Committee Is Undermining Your Vote On Amendment 4

Before felons can regain their right to vote, they must pay court fines, fees, and take care of any other "financial obligations." Essentially, this is a poll tax.

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Amendment 4, also known as the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, was added to the Constitution of Florida after being passed this last midterm election on November 6, 2018.

Amendment 4 restored the voting rights of Floridians with prior felony convictions after all terms of their sentence have been met, including parole and probation. This amendment only applies to felons who have not been convicted of murder or sexual offenses.

On January 8, 2019, an estimated 1.4 million ex-felons regained their right to vote. This is monumental. Prior to this amendment, Florida was one of four states that used felony disenfranchisement. Amendment 4 gives voice, and rightfully so, to felons who have served their time. Amendment 4 is also putting to rest, finally, years and years of disenfranchisement and suppression.

Now, only two months after its passage, the House Criminal Justice Committee is trying to water down this piece of legislation. This is a direct violation of the will of the 64% of Floridians who voted for the legislation as is. This amendment was not to be "clarified," as Governor DeSantis put it, but rather to be self-implementing.

However, the House Criminal Justice Committee proposed a bill that would tack on some extra qualifiers in order for felons to be enfranchised. The bill will require court fines, fees, and other "financial obligations" (in addition to fees administered in a judge's sentence) to be paid in full before a felon's voting rights are restored. This seems awfully similar to a poll tax to me. Obviously, this is going to affect people without a lot of resources rather than white-collar criminals who can afford a $500,000 bond.

This new qualifier will prevent felons from voting based on the money that can be coughed up as if they don't have to worry about their finances long after they leave prison.

Some may argue that these felons shouldn't have committed a crime in the first place. However, I would argue that holding a felon's vote hostage on the basis of money is unconstitutional.

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