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Should Donald Trump be impeached?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the House will be moving forward with an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Most lawmakers were hesitant to take the dramatic step after special counsel Robert Mueller's inconclusive investigation. However, far more concrete recent allegations against the president are giving Democrats the motivation to move forward with hearings. Should lawmakers impeach the president?

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Impeachment proceedings are being suggested after reports surfaced that President Donald Trump pushed Ukrainian officials to investigate business dealings Joe Biden's son had in the country. Trump further claimed Biden himself worked to halt an investigation by the country into his son. The Washington Post reports not only did Trump make these requests, the requests came after Trump ordered his staff to withhold millions in aid to Ukraine. 

President Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is said to have pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate the son of former vice president Joe Biden, according to three senior administration officials.
Officials at the Office of Management and Budget relayed Trump’s order to the State Department and the Pentagon during an interagency meeting in mid-July, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. They explained that the president had “concerns” and wanted to analyze whether the money needed to be spent.
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This conversation, which the president has admitted happened, provides a much stronger basis for congressional Democrats to push for impeachment. The Washington Post reports the number of lawmakers in favor of impeachment jumped dramatically in the days since the allegations became public.

Over the past 48 hours, a tranche of Democrats who opposed impeachment have come out in favor of an inquiry, a total that now exceeds 150 out of 235, according to a Washington Post analysis.
Rep. John Lewis, an influential member in the caucus, was one of the latest Democrats to back impeachment. The Georgia Democrat, a staunch Trump critic and close Pelosi ally, had declined for months to weigh in on impeachment out of respect for the speaker.
“There comes a time when you have to be moved by the spirit of history to take action to protect and preserve the integrity of our nation. I believe, I truly believe, the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come” Lewis said on the House floor. “To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.”
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Over the last several years, Democrats have been extremely wary of calling for impeachment, in part because of lingering fears of repeating mistakes made during the Clinton impeachment. Republicans dove headfirst into extremely messy impeachment proceedings, without much legal ground to stand on, and ended their majority rule in the House as a result.

After several years of investigating President Clinton and unending talks of impeachment—filled with salacious but ultimately legally unimportant details—the American public tired of the turmoil. According to the Atlantic, then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pushed for impeachment, thinking it would galvanize American voters. Instead, he lost his seat.

JAMES ROGAN [Representative and member of the Judiciary Committee]: Suddenly the Republicans realized all this talk about impeachment almost cost them the majority. The speaker lost his job because of it. Within a day, I got a call from one of Gingrich’s people, who said, “You’ve got to make this go away. The speaker doesn’t want this to be the last thing on his watch.” Then, within, like, an hour, I got a call from one of Bob Livingston’s guys, who said, “You’ve got to try to make this go away. The speaker doesn’t want this to be the first thing on his watch.”

Many sitting Democrats have been reticent to make the same mistakes. 

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Some pundits also worry that impeachment proceedings will gas up Trump's base while turning off more moderate voters. Impeachment has consistently polled as unpopular with the general public and could sour voters on Democrats mere months before the presidential election. Per the New York Times

[I]f the Democrats impeach him they will be doing something unpopular instead of something popular. Maybe the polls showing impeachment’s unpopularity will alter as the Ukraine story develops. Maybe public hearings will deliver a series of blows that persuades the large anti-Trump, anti-impeachment constituency that his expedited removal from office is desirable or necessary. But the current shape of public opinion is the boring, basic reason that Trump seems to want to be impeached more than Nancy Pelosi wants to impeach him: The Democratic agenda is more popular than the Republican agenda (whatever that is), the likely Democratic nominees are all more popular than Trump, and so anything that puts the Democrats on the wrong side of public opinion may look better, through Trump’s eyes, than the status quo.
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