45th President of United States of America
By Alphonsus N. Effi
America has always produced highly focused, and no-nonsense dealing and intelligent presidents from their Republican party. Examples are Ronal Reagan, George W. Bush among others. But it seem that the coming of the 45th President of America coming from the same party (Republican) tend to be more tactical, focus, intelligent, above all very patriotic which he epitomizes by his regular emphasis “America first”.
Recently, he survived an impeachment saga which occurred on December, 18th 2019, when the house of representatives approved articles of impeachment on changes of abuse of power and obstruction congress. Trump’s impeachment came after an official House inquiry alleged that he had solicited foreign interference in the 2020 U.S Presidential Election to help his re-election bid, and then obstructed the inquiry itself by telling his administration officials to ignore subpoenas for documents and testimony..
The inquiry reported that Trump withheld military aid and invitation to the white House to Ukranian president Volodymy Zelenksy in-order to influence Ukraine to announce an investigation into one of Trumps political opponent, Joe Biden, and to promote a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, and not Russia was the nation that influenced the 2016 political election. Likewise, Donald Trump incumbent president was also accused of withholding military aid to pressure Ukranian President Volodymy Zelensky to instigate a probe on corruption charges against Biden and Son (Hunter).
The inquiry stage of Trumps impeachment lasted from September to November 2019, in the wake of an August 2019 Whistle blower. Complaint alleging Trump’s abuse of power. In October, three congressional committees (Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs) deposed witnesses. In November, the House intelligence committee held a number of public hearings in which witnesses testified publicly, on December 3rd, the committee voted 13-9 along party lines to adopt a final report. A set of impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committees began on December 4, on December 13, it voted 23-17 along party lines to recommend two articles of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction congress. The committee released a lengthy report on impeachment articles on December 16. Two days later, the full House approved both articles in a near party line vote, with all Republicans opposition along with three Democrats. This made TRUMP, the 3rd U.S President in history to be impeached and marked the first fully partisan impeachment where a U.S President was impeached without support from President’s own party (through independent representative Justin Amash, who voted in favour of impeachment of both articles had previously been a Republican until 2019.
The articles were submitted to the Senate on January, 16th, 2020, initiating the trial. The trial saw no witnesses or documents being subpoenaed, as Republican senators rejected attempts to introduce subpoenas.
On January, 21, while arranging for trial procedures, and then on January, 31, after debate. On February 5th 2020, Trump was acquitted by Senate, mostly along party lines, with MTH Romney being the only Republican voting TRUMP (only on the article charging war with abuse of power). Romney thus, became the first senator in U.S history to vote convict a president of his party. Donald Trump is the 3rd U.S.A president to be impeached by the House of Representatives, after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999.
Before Trump, Johnson was the only president to be impeached in his first term. The house of Judiciary committee also voted to adapt three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, but he resigned prior to full house vote. The senate voted to acquit Johnson and Clinton in their trials.
Congress first effort to impeach Trump were initiated by Democratic Representatives AC Green and Brad Sherran in 2017, an impeachment resolution failed in the House with a 58-364 vote margin. Following the 2018 election, the Democrats gained majority in the House and launched multiple investigations in to Trump’s action and finances. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, initially resisted calls for impeachment.
In May 2019, however, she indicated that TRUMPS’s continued actions which characterized as obstructions continued actions, which honour congressional subpoenas, might make an impeachment inquiry necessary. Thus, investigations into various scandals in the Trump administration, which might lead to articles of impeachment, were initiated by various house congressional committees, led by Nancy Pelosi, and began in February 2019. A formal impeachment investigation began in July 2019, and several subpoenas were issued, while most were not the Trump administration asserted executive privileges and this led to several lawsuits, that are imminent in the Trumps presidential race in the United States of America.
Donald Trump whose policies against terrorism, economic development of America to stand-out as the economic giant of the world hence providing employment toa large number unemployed Americans, fighting economic battles with China that has remained a major economic rival of U.S via trade war especially Tariffs. Hence, revamping the American might in economics, global power (armament), controlling the balance of power in the middle-east and environs, especially taming Iran by the killing of his recalcitrant war General and controlling her nuclear ambition hence, creating a balance of power in the region to promote a visible oil trade. All these measures are geared towards making “America first ”his popular slogan likewise, being the number one nation/police state of the world, a role she has always held until recently shaken by the Economic growth of China which is being sequeled today.
Even, Nigeria our great nation experienced her own harsh bite of America’spolice stature with the recent ban on Visa issuance to Nigeria based on the level of insecurity in the land as regards the incessant kidnappings, bombings/killings of innocent Nigerians by the Sundry Leftist groups marauding and causing brigandage in some of the Northern/Eastern region of the polity on the most part.
This hoopla achievements among many others are some of the reasons why the U.S today will find it very difficult to unseat this top billionaire president, who from trends is extremely focused to bring America back to her old glory.