Why We Shouldn’t Impeach Trump

S. Talekar, Staff Writer, Special Topics Coordinator for Science, Tech Support Team

President Trump’s impeachment is a widely discussed topic in today’s politics. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced the formal investigation against Trump on Tuesday, September 24th. 

President Trump responded to this impeachment inquiry with numerous tweets stating that this was a “Witch Hunt” and even said that this was “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!”.

Contrary to much public opinion, there are many reasons why we shouldn’t further this investigation.

According to Timothy J. Lynch, Associate Professor in American Politics at the University of Melbourne, an impeachment inquiry against Trump would be ineffective. President Trump is a Republican and the Senate has a Republican majority. To be able to vote President Trump out of office two-thirds of the Senate has to vote him guilty, and there are only 46 Democrats.

According to the US Constitution, the President can only be kicked out of office for these offenses: treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors. So far, President Trump has not done anything that fits into these criteria. 

According to numerous respectable news sources, President Trump if impeached has a better chance of winning the 2020 election. President Trump gains leverage in the upcoming election when he paints himself as a martyr. 

President Trump should not be impeached as it is almost the end of his term. Launching a formal investigation now would be a waste of time and resources. Not to mention, a wider focus on the President would mean a more narrow focus on more important issues. An impeachment inquiry would be ineffective and wasteful.