A protest in favor of the impeachment of Donald Trump, in Boston, on Tuesday. In video, the keys to the case. PRECIOUS JOSEPH (AFP) / VIDEO: EPV
Resolution 755 to judge the president of the most powerful country in the world saw the light after eight o'clock at night, already early in Spain, after a Wagnerian day at the Capitol. They were more than 11 hours of debate, pure train crash, about the so-called impeachment articles. The abuse of power went ahead with 230 votes in favor and 197 against (195 Republicans and two Democrats) and the obstruction to Congress, with 229 in favor and 198 against (three Democratic defections and one abstention). These are centrist legislators, in hinge territories, where a vote in favor can pass a political invoice.
Some began to applaud after the first vote, which did not please the president of the House, veteran Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who raised her hand and cut them dry with a stern look. Third authority of the country and leader of the Democrats in Washington, Pelosi had come dressed in dark and spoken with a serene and serious tone, trying precisely to convey an idea of institutional solemnity that counteracts the criticism of Trump and the Republicans, who accuse the opposition of acting for political revenge.RELATED
The case broke out in September as Trump's pressures transcended the Kiev government to initiate investigations that favored him electorally. In his initial intervention, Pelosi described the president as "continuing threat to national security." "We are here to defend the democracy of the people," he added.
It was a day of grandiloquent phrases and also rude phrases, of demonstrations in the street and on social networks. Lawmakers reminded the founding fathers and the president asked the citizens to pray. American politics was about to write an important chapter in its history. And yet, a strange sense of calm has dominated this process since it began, despite the usual astrakhanas of the president. It is not only because his acquittal is considered safe in the Senate, given the Republican majority, but because his presidency has been installed in the storm since the day he arrived at the White House.
Only a leader as unusual as Trump can make an impeachment look like another day in the office. Before even swearing in office, the scandal of the Russian plot broke out and began to talk about initiating a process of dismissal, something very unusual in the history of the United States. The independent investigation found no evidence of his collusion with the Kremlin, but revealed his attempts to torpedo the investigations, laying the groundwork to accuse him of obstruction. He is also suspected of a crime of illegal campaign financing for payments to a woman to silence his alleged sexual relations a few weeks after the 2016 elections and is in the spotlight for accepting money from foreign governments through his hotel empire .
All these conflicts have been shaking three years of Administration that, in itself, has broken all imaginable protocols and has turned the president's attacks and insults into the usual tonic.
The Ukrainian crisis quickly combusted. An anonymous informant, employed in the US government, denounced in the summer that Trump was pressuring the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, blocking even 391 million dollars in military aid, to get him to announce two investigations that would benefit him electorally in the 2020 presidential elections. He also used an invitation to the White House as a hook.
Specifically, Trump claimed inquiries about Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate, and his son, Hunter, who was paid by a gas company in that country when his father was vice president. The other inquiry he was asking for was a discredited theory that there was an interference campaign launched from Ukraine in the 2016 US presidential elections to favor Democrats. Trump is now accused of abuse of power for these maneuvers and obstruction of Congress for boycotting this process, denying the delivery of 71 documents or a statement from 12 members of the Administration.
Doug Collins, a pastor from Georgia, was one of the first to speak on Wednesday and insisted that Democrats seek to dismiss Trump from day one and don't care about the facts and evidence. "Today is a day for impeachment, but it is not a day for truth," he emphasized. The argument of Trump and the Republicans is that he worried about corruption in good faith and that there was no quid pro quo. This Wednesday, in full debate, Trump He wrote on his Twitter account, in capital letters and several exclamation points: “What a heinous lies of the radical left! (…) This is an attack on America and the Republican Party! ”
At the trial, which will take place in the Senate after the green light of the House of Representatives, legislators are obliged to review the testimonies, call new witnesses if they see it necessary, examine the documents, the evidence and decide whether, in effect, the president of the United States has committed some "crime or serious offense", as the Constitution says, that makes his removal necessary. The dates are not clear, since Pelosi informed the dam that he will not transfer the items until the basis of what the trial will be like. For the White House, this Wednesday has meant "the culmination of one of the most shameful political episodes of our nation."
Senators are obliged to make their decisions regardless of the political color of the president they are judged, but the deliberation seems like a pantomime. The bulk of Democratic lawmakers see Trump guilty and all Republicans consider him innocent. For the White House, this Wednesday has meant "the culmination of one of the most shameful political episodes of our nation." In the Senate, with 53 Republican senators out of 100, absolution is tied, since a guilty verdict requires a two-thirds majority.
One of the great conclusions of this process is that the Republican remains the party of Donald Trump. The formation has closed ranks with the president. However, in the impeachment of Bill Clinton, initiated on December 19, 1998 – almost 21 years ago – by the Lewinsky scandal, 31 Democrats voted to initiate the investigation of the Democrat. Another Democrat, Andrew Johnson, who submitted to the political trial in 1868, surpassed him in the Senate by a single vote.
Trump's moment of truth will arrive in November 2020. His base, for now, does not seem affected by this scandal. Its approval rating, despite the low, has improved six points since September, up to 45%, according to Gallup. At night, there was a mass bath at a rally in Michigan. On the street the rain of the last days gave a truce in Washington and under an intense sun, but an atrocious cold, the protests against Trump in the morning remembered that other part of America.