A decisive step before a historic vote on the probable dismissal of the US President for dismissal. Donald Trump is almost certain to be indicted.
The indictment of Donald Trump was approved on Friday, December 13, by a Democratic Majority Committee of Congress, taking a decisive step forward before a historic vote on the likely referral of the US President to impeachment proceedings.
Two and a half months after the explosion of the “Ukrainian scandal”, the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives adopted, by voting along strictly partisan lines, two charges brought by the Democrats against the billionaire: “abuse of power” and “obstruction of the proper functioning of the Congress”.
It is now up to the House to vote on this text at a plenary session expected on Wednesday, according to media reports.
Almost certain to be charged
Given the Democratic majority in this House, Donald Trump is almost certain to be indicted. However, he should avoid dismissal, as the Senate, which is responsible for judging him, is controlled by the Republicans, who are united around their president.
The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said so on Thursday evening on Fox News:
“There is no way the president will be removed from office. »
Even if acquitted, his return to trial will taint Donald Trump’s record and tarnish his re-election campaign, although he continues to enjoy massive support from his Republican base.
Before him, only two presidents, Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, had been through such an ordeal. Republican Richard Nixon, who was implicated in a political espionage scandal known as the “Watergate”, resigned in 1974 to avoid this impeachment.
Before the vote, the Judicial Committee debated for about fifteen hours. These river discussions, punctuated by numerous skirmishes, exposed two diametrically opposed visions of Donald Trump’s conduct, which reflect the fractures of American society in the face of this atypical president.
The billionaire’s troubles began when a mysterious whistleblower became alarmed at the content of a telephone conversation between the American president and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. In his July 25 appeal, the real estate tycoon asked his interlocutor to investigate possible Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election – echoing a theory in the spotlight in conspiracy circles.
Most importantly, he asked him to “look into” the Democrat Joe Biden, who was well placed to face him during the 2020 presidential election, and the affairs of his son Hunter in Ukraine. However, crucial military aid for Kiev, in armed conflict with Russia, had been blocked a few days before the appeal, without explanation.
From these undisputed facts, Democrats and Republicans draw conclusions from the other side. For the former, Donald Trump committed an “abuse of power” to secure an advantage in the 2020 election, jeopardizing the integrity of the election and the security of the United States.
The Democrats also blame him for “obstructing” the work of Congress by refusing to participate in their investigation.
The White House ruled that the procedure was “unconstitutional” and prohibited advisers to the President from testifying or providing documents requested by the House.
“An attack on all of us”
Donald Trump and his supporters swear that there was “no pressure” on Ukraine and that the requests for investigations were legitimate to fight suspicions of “corruption”.
According to them, Hunter Biden was employed by the Ukrainian gas group Burisma only because his father was then Vice President of the United States.
For them, the dismissal procedure is motivated by the Democrats’ aversion to an unconventional president, and their fear of losing against him again in 2020.
During the river debates, the Republicans endeavoured to present the procedure as an offensive also targeting Donald Trump’s voters. “This is not just an attack on the presidency, it is an attack on all of us,” said elected representative Matt Gaetz.
The impact of the debates on public opinion is uncertain: according to the average survey conducted by the FiveThirtyEight website, 47.3% of Americans support the dismissal of Donald Trump and 45.9% are against it.