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US President Donald Trump impeached

On December 18, 2019, Donald Trump became the third President to be impeached by the US House. He was accused of enlisting foreign government to investigate political rival before 2020 election.

Highlights

The House called for voting process alleging that the President pressurized Ukraine to announce investigations against his political rival Joe Biden ahead of 2020 elections.

The Democrats had majority in the house to impeach the President. It is necessary to prove the charges at the senate as well, where a voting process with two-third majority is essential for conviction.

Impeachment in American History

So far only two American presidents have been impeached. In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached on charges of sexual relationship with his intern. However, the senate acquitted him. Before him, in 1868, President Andrew Johnson was impeached. He was acquitted by one vote in the Senate.

In 1974, President Nixon resigned over water gate corruption charges. The judiciary committee approved the articles of impeachment before the house could even pass them.

Impeachment in the US

Article 2 of the US constitution lists the procedure of impeachment of US president. Impeachment does not remove the president from power. It is an accusation, when proved the Senate should decide whether to convict the president of the charges contained.

The impeachment process in the US begins with an investigation by House Committee. When the committee finds out enough evidences to prove the accusation of the president, it enters the house. The house votes and if the majority agrees, the proceedings is taken to the senate. The trial at the senate is overseen by the Chief Justice of Supreme Court. If two-thirds of the senators find the president guilty, he is removed and the vice president takes over.

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US President names Robert O’Brien as USA’s new National Security Adviser

US President Donald Trump has named Robert C. O’Brien as his new National Security Adviser (NSA). Robert currently serves as special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department and will be succeeding John Bolton, who departed the NSA post recently amid differences with President Trump and other top advisers.

Key Highlights

Robert C. O’Brien is appointed to high-profile White House role at a time when President Trump faces a number of foreign-policy challenges, particularly as administration determines how to respond to recent attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry (Saudi Aramco), which some U.S. officials have blamed on Iran.

As President Trump is scheduled to attend the United Nations General Assembly in late September, the new adviser’s debut on world stage comes quickly after his appointment.

About Robert C. O’Brien

He currently serves as Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at US State Department and has a long history in Republican foreign policy circles.

He will be President Trump’s 4th national security adviser.

He also served under George W. Bush administration at State Department and U.S. mission to United Nation.

He was a senior foreign policy adviser to former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and a senior adviser to Gov. Mitt Romney in his 2008 as well as 2012 presidential campaigns.

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