Indictments and More: How Congress Could Actually Impeach Donald Trump

With every day passing and more and more information coming out of the Russian probe, it’s starting to look like Trump is going to end up on the chopping block. Indictments are starting to be handed out like hot cakes around Washington and the question on everyone’s mind is, “how is this all going to play out?” Well, here are a few ways that Donald J. Trump will be hearing the words “you’re fired.”

1. What power does impeachment actually have?

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The Constitution is our only weapon. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Impeachment is “a formal charge of misconduct levied against a public official by the House of Representatives.” This could prove to be challenging since the majority of the House and Senate is controlled by the Republican party. It’s also important to know that a verdict against the public official may not necessarily be proof of criminality. Meaning that if that person is impeached, they may not go to prison for their actions.

Next: How does the process work?

2. How will the impeachment process work?

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The process could be long and not actually get him in jail. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Once those charges are brought by the House, an investigation into the charges of impeachment will begin and a vote will be taken. If a majority of the House of Representatives votes that the charges are founded, then the official is considered impeached. That doesn’t mean they are fired, the just will have to deal with the Senate now. The Senate will then hold a trial and vote whether or not that official should be removed from office. It does take a supermajority of 2/3s for it to happen.

Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton are the only presidents to have been impeached. However, none of them were formally impeached. Clinton and Johnson were exonerated by the Senate, and Nixon resigned before the process could take place.

Next: What are the ways Donald Trump could be impeached?

3. Trump still owns all of his own business, and that could pose a huge problem for him

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Trump’s businesses are going to be the number one thing getting him impeached. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Upon taken his office as President of the United States, Donald swore to uphold the constitution of the United States. Unfortunately, for him, he has not been doing that since day one. In the constitution, there is a foreign emoluments clause under Article 1, section 9, clause 8, that restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states without the consent of the United States Congress.

Essentially every business he owns is in violation of that when it receives money from any member of a foreign government. So every time a diplomat, attache or dignitary stays at a Trump Hotel like Mar-a-Lago, that’s a violation of the foreign emoluments clause.

Next: He flat out broke the law.

4. Obstruction of justice

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Firing James Comey should have been the smoking gun that Republicans needed to start impeachment proceedings. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Trump allegedly broke the law on multiple occasions while in office, by obstructing justice. On February 14, Trump asked James Comey to stop the investigation into Mike Flynn so that a “cloud could be lifted” off his administration. Any time a superior tells you not to do your job when an investigation into that superior and associates is still active, it’s bound to raise some legal eyebrows.

Many say he blatantly obstructed justice again when he fired James Comey. He claims that it has nothing to do with the Russian investigation, but he told Russian officials not worry about the investigation now that Comey is gone.

Next: He definitely worked with Russia, knowingly or unknowingly.

5. Colluding with Russia

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Putin got his dream president. | Photo by Alexsey Druginyn/AFP/Getty Images

Not to beat a dead horse, but the smolder turned to smoke a few months back, and now that the first round of indictments have been handed out and convictions made, there is a fire. That fire is right at the White House. It’s only a matter of time before all of Trump’s allies start to distance themselves from him, or flip on him in the Mueller investigation.

Next: He has found creative ways to put down the constitution.

6. Suppression of the First Amendment

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A free press is vital to the American way of life. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump is known for constantly undermining the press. He consistently calls anything that is written about him that is true “fake news.” In fact, fake news has become so synonymous with Trump now that it may be more recognizable then “you’re fired!” But being critical of the press doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re trying to inhibit a free press under the constitution.

Violating the first amendment would be doing something like favoring certain news outlets over others during public meetings, or visits from foreign leaders. You know, like he did on May 10, 2017, when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came to the White House. Or like he’s been doing by doling out an overwhelming majority of his one-on-one interviews to Fox News.

Next: More emoluments violations

7. Trump’s trademarks in China

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President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) to the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Last year, Trump had about 40 trademarks get approved in China. This wouldn’t have been an issue if he had placed his businesses into a blind trust. However, he still runs all of his own businesses. It’s one thing to have businesses domestically, but when your businesses operate internationally, there is far more risk to favoring foreign powers for the success of your own business.

What’s more curious is the speed at which those trademarks were approved in China. It has been said that the experience of those trademark approvals could be for Trump jumping on board with the “One China Policy.”

Next: Let’s just sprinkle some good old fashioned treason in there for good measure.

8. Sharing top secret information with a foreign official

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a black suit and grey tie.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov | Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

During a meeting on May 10, 2017, Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House. During their meeting, Trump shared highly classified information with the both of them. What’s more, they didn’t even ask for it; he just blurted it out. To add insult to injury, the information he shared with them came from another nation that trusted us with the confidential information.

For a government that wants to crucify Edward Snowden for conspiracy, espionage, sharing state secrets, the government is really slow to react to this one. That said, there are a whole mess of catalysts Congress could cite to begin an impeachment process should they feel it necessary.

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