A Potential Political Scandal

Anthony Paino and Louden Mazzeo

     On July 25, 2019, President Trump made a phone call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to a whistleblower, Trump allegedly said that he will only send money and American troops to Ukraine if he digs up dirt on Joe Biden, who is running for president against Trump in 2020. This made the Democrats attempt an impeachment inquiry on President Trump. 

     Democrats want Trump impeached because of what he allegedly said during this phone call. Donald Trump wanted dirt on former Vice President, Joe Biden. This would be a very illegal move by Donald Trump, which caught the democrats’ eye. If Trump really did say this, it is an impeachable offense, but there is no real proof he said it. 

     However, the likelihood of Trump being impeached is not high because there is no real proof of Trump saying this. According to the New York Times, “A White House national security official who is a decorated Iraq war veteran (Alexander Vindman) plans to tell House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that he heard President Trump appeal to Ukraine’s president.” What’s confusing about this is that Trump claims he has never even heard of Alexander Vindman. In this investigator’s view, he is trying to explain to the White House officials that Trump was asking the Ukraine’s President for help. Trump’s main concern is that people might believe what Vindman is saying because Vindman has worked his way up the ranks in the government and is highly reliable and trusted by the U.S. government. The Democrats argued that President Trump was asking for a foreign country to potentially interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. 

     Across the aisle, Republicans want Trump to stay as president. Most republicans believe that Trump did not say this during the call, but some republicans are slowly siding with the Democrats. According to Fox News, a survey was conducted about the impeachment inquiry, where 58% of the survey takers agreed with the inquiry. Fox News also said, “Among Republicans, roughly 7 in 10 don’t support the inquiry.” While some republicans are slowly starting to support the inquiry, the majority of them do not. Reason being, most republicans do not believe Trump should be impeached; however, if Trump truly did do this, it is clearly an impeachable offense. 

     Each and everyday new information seems to come to light about this topic. It seems that democrats are still fighting everyday to get justice for what they want and believe in, while republicans are fighting for those same wants and beliefs, just on the flip side of that same coin.