It’s time to impeach Trump

Paige Sheppard

Earlier this week, President Trump admitted to bringing up current presidential candidate, Joe Biden, on a phone call with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky in July. During the call, Trump urged Zelensky to work with his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to investigate Biden and his family.
Even more, just days before the phone call, the Trump administration froze $400 million in aid to Zelensky and Ukraine. The president involving foreign officials into the proceedings of our election seems oddly similar to the Mueller Report findings from 2016 and overall unpresidential.
Although Trump argues he withheld the money in order to try and motivate Europe to offer more help to the Ukraine, many democrats are still rightfully calling for impeachment, claiming that this is an act of treason. Treason is the breaching of allegiance to one’s state or any act attempting to overthrow systems established by the government; and treason it certainly is. On Sept. 24, after years of impeachable offenses on Trump’s end, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi finally announced a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump, claiming, “No one is above the law.”
The official transcript of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky was released on Wednesday, Sept. 25. 
Trump is recorded to have said, “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…”  
Whether Trump withheld aid from Zelensky to motivate Europe to get more involved, or he did so in order to motivate the president to investigate Biden, he should not be involving foreign officials in U.S. investigations or elections.
This conversation is not the first instance of impeachment talks. Calls for impeachment have happened in the name of obstruction of justice when Trump fired James Comey then attempted to fire Robert Mueller.
Trump has profited from the presidency by various ways including: inviting foreign officials to stay in Trump Hotels across the country, claims of collusion by involving Russia in the 2016 presidential election, inciting violence against minorities by protecting Neo-Nazis that rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia and his over a dozen sexual assault cases stacked against him.
If Republicans could move to impeach Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky in 1998, we have more than a long enough list of reasons to move forward and do the same with Trump.
In times like this, it’s important to remember why the founding fathers included an impeachment clause in our Constitution to begin with. Impeachment ensures the power of checks and balances within our democracy and limits the amount of influence any one person can have within our nation.
It is well within our rights as citizens to point out the flaws and injustices within our society and our government and demand change. We have to ask ourselves, “What are we allowing to happen in our politics?” and “Are the standards we are setting standards we want to continue living with?”
The answer is no. If we allow this man to twist our democracy around his finger, we are no longer a country that values honesty and integrity. We teach our children lessons of fairness and responsibility, yet do not hold the highest office in our land to those very same principles. Defend our Constitution or let our nation’s most valued documents muddy beneath the wake of men who believe they are above them.
If we do not hold our politicians accountable then we do not hold ourselves accountable. It takes people willing to make change to make change. We the people — we are those people. America, it’s time for a change.