It is the concept that, for many, has been looming conspicuously on the horizon since the day that Donald Trump assumed the office of the Presidency.
Throughout his campaign, a polarising rhetoric and bombast of personality had raised the hackles of many, both in the United States of America and abroad. His campaign focused largely on divisive issues, as well as attempts to dismantle many policies and achievements of his predecessor, Barack Obama.
The hopes of the more optimistic among Trump’s detractors were that the 72-year-old would temper that rhetoric and focus more on the passing of policies and directives that would align more with traditional Republican views. However, these hopes were promptly trampled into the metaphorical swamp that Trump had promised to drain.
Seemingly without pausing for breath, President Trump signed an executive order to put into place a travel ban that would prevent individuals from several countries entering the United States – a move that was furiously protested before it, and its subsequent redraft, were by blocked by court judges.
Since then, Donald Trump’s Presidency has veered alarmingly from mishap to scandal. Allegations of his campaign and team’s links to Russian officials have plagued the former businessman. Blunders from those closest to him have done little to aid his tenure in the White House; particularly Kellyanne Conway, who referred to a “Bowling Green Massacre” that had not, in fact, taken place.
It will have come as little surprise to vast swathes of Washington and beyond that impeachment had begun a slow clamber. However, it now seems like the impeachment of President Donald Trump is a real possibility.
Congressman Al Green, the representative of the Ninth Congressional District of Texas in the House of Representatives, has taken to the floor to call for the impeachment of the 45th President of the United States.
“This is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached.”
The Hill further reports that Rep. Justin Amash has become the first Republican to moot the possibility of impeachment for the President; citing reports suggesting that the President had forced James Comey out in a bid to end an investigation into team Trump’s links to Russia.
The notion of impeachment has gathered pace this week. After President Trump’s surprising decision to sack the former director of the FBI James Comey, which was derided and roundly criticised, reports emerged suggesting that Mr Trump had passed information to Russian officials during a recent meeting about ISIS. The move could have endangered the original source of the intel; indeed, the information was considered to be so sensitive that it had not even been shared with close US partners.
The consensus among Democrats – and following today’s news on Rep. Justin Amash’s position – appears to be that if the contents of a memo purportedly written by the former FBI Director James Comey are verifiably correct and true, then the motions of impeachment will begin to move with a devastating pace.
One can’t help but feel that, should that course of action begin to unfold in earnest, it would prove the perfectly tempestuous ending to a wild Presidency that has defied convention – and logic – at nearly every turn.