There are few United States presidents that have caused as much controversy as Donald Trump. It seems as if from his very first day on the campaign trail, disapproval has plagued him in one form or another. But now, with ever more stories emerging of various alleged wrong doings, the word impeachment is becoming more common, and tensions are growing across the country in equal measure.
Two of the latest scandals involve a guilty plea from Michael Cohen in light of the fact that he paid money to two adult film stars to silence them over their affairs with Trump prior to the election campaign, as well as an incoming probe into Trump demanding that an investigation into potentially questionable links with Russia be halted. If this wasn’t fuel enough, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty of 8 separate fraud charges.
It almost reads like the script from a political thriller, with the inevitable chaos hovering just on the horizon. But what would happen if Trump were impeached?
Trump – “Markets Would Crash”
Impeachment of a president is no small matter and it can be as complicated as a winning blackjack strategy if the timing is off. However, if done correctly, it’s a process that generally leads to the desired outcome.
In an interview, the president was quick to make clear that if he was impeached, he believed that the United States’ economy would collapse, and everyone would be very poor. Many scoffed at this, claiming it was nothing more than a threat, but the words are probably not far from the truth, at least in some regard.
But how likely is it to actually happen? Rumours have been spreading like wildfire that Trump’s legal team has been shrinking of late, and is about a third smaller than it once was, and significantly weaker. Why? Because, rumours claim, well-respected experts in law have been jumping ship, afraid to be associated with a man that now has a growing 64% disapproval rating.
A Witch Hunt?
The matter of Cohen pleading guilty to paying hush money to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels is where much of the focus is at the present time. The act was a felony, given that speculation is Trump himself ordered the payments to be made. This situation, however, is now being compared to the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal that broke over 2 decades ago, which resulted in the impeachment of Clinton in 1998.
The words witch-hunt were thrown around frequently during the chaos, with the democrats stating that the love life of the president had no bearing on his ability to hold office. In contrast, it has now become a point of focus from the Democrats, leading many to raise an eyebrow and mutter at the hypocrisy. Either way, it is a scandal that is not going away any time soon, and one that will have to be dealt with.
If Trump were to be impeached, he would be the third United States president to lose his position of power, with both previous men having been acquitted of the charges later. Clinton and Andrew Johnson, who was impeached in 1868, were acquitted post-impeachment by the US senate, and Richard Nixon, who was also in line for impeachment resigned before the process could begin.
No matter how likely, or unlikely, it is that Trump is ever impeached, the question that should be on everyone’s mind is; who would replace him if it did occur? The answer to that question, in accordance with The Succession Act of 1947, is current Vice President Mike Pence.
At present, all the world can do is wait with bated breath and watch the situation unfold. Should Trump be impeached, the mop-up operation in the US could have far reaching socio-economic effects that may last for several years. However, judging by the ever-increasing disapproval rating, it seems that a growing number of citizens and politicians think it is worth the risk removing the man from the Oval Office once and for all.