Impeachment Inquiry Hearings: What an FSU Professor Says You Should Watch For
On Wednesday, the public will be hearing testimony in the impeachment inquiry for the first time. An ambassador and a national security official will testify about calls President Trump made this summer to the President of Ukraine.
President Trump is accused to threatening to withhold military aid if Ukraine didn’t investigate Joe Biden and his son. Congress will be deciding if the decisions made by the president were an abuse of power and enough to vote on articles of impeachment.
David Takitaki, coordinator of the political science and political engagement project at Ferris State University, says the hearing is going to be controversial.
“The sticky point for everyone at this point of time is that it appears during that phone call the president attempted to leverage the president of Ukraine to open some investigations, specifically into Joe Biden’s Son Hunter and affirm that he worked for a firm called Burisma,” says Takitaki.
He also says it’s potentially the largest constitutional crisis of his time.
“Were going to see a lot of political theater, is the very, very short answer and this is all building up to whether or not the house is going to create formal articles of impeachment,” says Takitaki. “That is essentially an indictment, it says we believe the president is guilty of X Y and Z.”
However, not everyone agrees that the president’s actions were wrong.
Haley Johnson, a middle leaning political science student at FSU, says she does not believe the actions of the president will lead to impeachment. “I see this going to the Senate, which is controlled mostly by Republicans and I see it not passing,” says Johnson. “I see this kind of a battle of ideologies a battle of right of left, a battle of partisanship.”
Philosophy senior at Ferris State Zachary Beubel says although he believes the actions of the president were not a crime, he should be impeached. “I do think, while not breaking the law he has been immoral enough for grounds of impeachment.
If the democratically controlled House of Representatives does find the evidence enough to impeach it will be brought in front of the republican controlled Senate for trial. It’s not clear how long all of this could take.