Donald Trump: Once Drawn | Opinion

Once the weapon is drawn, caution and expertise are paramount. The target is difficult, due to its elevated and distant position, the obstacles that cross between the shooter and the target, and even the mobility and maneuverability of the piece to be shot down. Also for the short and unique history of the lethal artifact: on three previous occasions it has been wielded, only in two it has been launched and in none has hit the target. It is true that its mere existence has had dissuasive effects, although it is not certain that the same will happen in the future.

The weapon of parliamentary impeachment or impeachment, already drawn by the United States Congress and now in the hands of the Senate, is highly unlikely to serve to end the presidency of Donald Trump, but if its use is unfortunate, it may be unusable for a long future, and even harming those who have used it has not achieved the desired result.


An entire month has let the House of Representatives run between the vote in which the two accusations were launched – one for abuse of power and another for impeding the investigation of the congressmen – and their solemn remission yesterday to the Senate, which acts as a jury to from the allegations argued by the lower house. There are reasons to try the presidential impeachment since the day Trump entered the White House, but the Democrats, aware of the double edge of the weapon, preferred to hold back until it was impossible to miss their last stumble.

The persistence of the president in his suspicious behavior is surprising. The body of the alleged crime was a telephone conversation more typical of a mafia boss than a president with his Ukrainian colleague Volodímir Zelenski, who asked “the favor” to investigate his electoral rival, former vice president Joe Biden, for alleged corrupt activities in Ukraine, under threat of retaining substantial military aid. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giulani, is still now with his mission in Ukraine in search of Biden's involvement and on Monday it was learned that the Ukrainian company where Biden's son worked was hacked by Russian spies in search of evidence that Trump needs to.

It has also persisted in the second crime under investigation, the impediment to the work of Congress, with the veto to the appearance of witnesses and the contribution of official documents of his government, and now in the Senate with the intention of converting the procedure into a mere procedure of exoneration thanks to the blockade of the republican majority. This is the part of the greatest constitutional substance, because in it the right of parliamentarians to control the executive power is settled. If the weapon gets stuck or only serves to spend gunpowder on salvos, the balances between powers in favor of a presidency of authoritarian vocation will be broken. All for the benefit of Trump, who will seek in the November 2020 election the referendum against his dismissal by the Democrats.

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