Impeaching a President isn’t an easy process for our country, but after President Trump has flaunted the law so many times, it’s hard not to be excited that he’ll be held accountable in some way.
So, on Tuesday, September 24, when Stephen Colbert announced on The Late Show that Nancy Pelosi had opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the audience responded with unrestrained enthusiasm.
Watch the reaction here.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) September 25, 2019
After hearing the news, the audience gave a 40-second standing ovation as Colbert laughed joyfully.
— Lauren Scott (@LaurenAlexS) September 25, 2019
The inquiry has all come after news broke that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian President to investigate Vice President Joe Biden on a call ahead of the 2020 elections, though it’s worth noting the inquiry’s scope isn’t limited to that one instance of corruption.
The released transcript is enough to impeach and remove a president from office. And this is the part of the picture the White House thought was least damaging to its cause.
Trump needs to go and he needs to go now.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) September 25, 2019
On the morning of September 25, President Trump released a memo confirming exactly what earlier reports claimed.
He asked a foreign government, specifically Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to interfere in the 2020 election for his own personal gain.
The first time the Trump administration got off largely for “not knowing any better.”
Just read the transcript.
Trump has committed a crime.
He pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen.
That abuse of power undermines our national security and the integrity our elections.
No. One. Is. Above. The. Law. pic.twitter.com/RVyBzqbqkg
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) September 25, 2019
"I would like you to do us a favor…”
Folks, I am surprised the White House even released this transcript. It’s worse than we thought.
The President sought to use the powers of the United States government to investigate a political opponent.
We have no choice but to impeach. https://t.co/teZ8p83GXL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 25, 2019
There’s a lot of understandable concern about whether Democrats will be able to stay on message throughout impeachment.
Well, today’s is an easy one:
“I would like you to do us a favor, though.”
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 25, 2019
Twitter was just as excited about impeachment online.
— Vinny (@Vincool678) September 25, 2019
The new thing must be the thing 👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻Impeach 🇺🇸👏🏻🙌🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/9gvU2YH4yq
— Patricia (@SpicyTricia) September 25, 2019
— Impeachment Go Time! (@HappyNewsinSad1) September 25, 2019
It’s time for Trump to feel some consequences from Congress.
The audience cheering is exactly me when I first heard the news 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— KB Bebop 🥤 (@kbbebop) September 25, 2019
My life during impeachment hearings pic.twitter.com/4VQmh6p1CH
— Chrisella Herzog (@Chrisella) September 25, 2019
Many Americans have been eagerly awaiting some sort of check and balance to Trump’s disregard for laws and norms.
It was the happy day for many of us.
— Pam (@Love_Bluebonnet) September 25, 2019
Loved the list of transgressions at the beginning. Had almost forgotten about the Campaign finance violations hope they hold him accountable for every one of these!!
— Hari Jay (@harijay) September 25, 2019
Let the celebration commence!
— 𝕊𝕔𝕙𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕣'𝕤 ℂ𝕒𝕥-𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕖 (@C_doc_911) September 25, 2019
— Unredacted Zen 💙✌🏼🌊 (@ZenAndHopscotch) September 25, 2019
The House of Representatives currently has 6 committees investigating various aspects of potential wrongdoing including emoluments clause violations and obstruction of justice.
Before long, they will be holding hearings to highlight Trump’s wrongdoing to the American people.
“To End a Presidency addresses one of today’s most urgent questions: when and whether to impeach a president. Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz provide an authoritative guide to impeachment’s past and a bold argument about its proper role today. In an era of expansive presidential power and intense partisanship, we must rethink impeachment for the twenty-first century.”
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