Opinion: Trump’s impeachment acquittal does not absolve him of all unethical wrongdoing


The House of Representatives approved articles of impeachment for the third time in United States history against President Donald Trump, on Dec. 18, 2019

Donald Trump was charged with abuse of power; he was accused of soliciting the help of Ukrainian authorities to influence the 2020 United States presidential election in a bid to improve his chances of reelection. Furthermore, he was charged with obstruction of Congress as a result of allegedly instructing his administration officials to disregard subpoenas for documents and testimony.

Former businessman Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 despite losing the popular vote, becoming the fifth American president to take office this way. For the past three years, his presidency has caused a laundry list of controversies and disputations. While Trump has created almost 4 million jobs, signed the VA Choice Act and grown the economy by 4.2 percent, it is still worth questioning: do his ethical wrongdoings override his accomplishments?

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Since the 1980s, Trump has been accused of sexual assault by at least 23 women, one of which was his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, who later recanted. During the 2016 election, the Washington Post leaked an unedited recording of a conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush from 2005, wherein Trump recounts an attempt to seduce a married woman. He also suggests that he may kiss a woman whom he was expected to meet. «You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful. I just start kissing them…I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,» said Trump in the recording.

In 2019, E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of sexual assault in the mid-1990s in a clothing store dressing room. Trump’s response was distasteful. «She’s not my type,» he said. Sally Yates, former United States Deputy Attorney General, commented on Trump’s response via Twitter.

«‘She’s not my type.’ Our country’s president defends against an allegation of sexual assault by essentially saying that his accuser is not attractive enough for him to rape. Let that sink in. President Trump, you’re not America’s type,» she said.

The Senate shortly acquitted Donald Trump of all charges. The first article, abuse of powers, was rejected by a vote of 48 to 52, while the second article, obstruction of justice, was rejected 47 to 53. Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote Donald Trump guilty on the first article of impeachment. 

“I swore an oath before God to apply impartial justice ..and so I looked at the evidence in a very unbiased manner and concluded that that the president had done as was alleged—that he did ask a foreign government to interfere in the election, that he did pressure that government by withholding aid. That’s as egregious an assault on the Constitution of our country,” he said. 

While Utah Sen. Mitt Romney voted to find Donald Trump guilty on the first article of impeachment, he voted to acquit the president on the second. Romney has faced adverse backlash due to this decision, including from the president himself.

At a White House business event, Donald Trump made a fractious comment to Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert regarding the Senator. “How’s Mitt Romney? You keep him. We don’t want him,» Trump said. Gary Herbert did not respond to the barb.

Although the Senate has acquitted Trump of all charges, Trump’s impeachment speaks volumes. Trump has evaded justice for decades, and it has finally caught up to him.

Lea este artículo en español aquí: https://laplaza.press/2020/03/02/trump-esta-liberado-de-todas-las-cargas/

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