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September 25, 2019

Origins of the impeachment inquiry

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Directions: Check out the latest updates below. Read the summary, watch the video above which discusses the House starting an impeachment inquiry (transcript here) and answer the discussion questions.

Summary: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally announced the beginning of an impeachment inquiry Tuesday after a whistleblower alleged that the president tried to influence a foreign leader to aid his reelection. At the United Nations, President Donald Trump faced questions about his own actions, and he seemed to confirm and defend the fact that he withheld hundreds of millions of dollars from Ukraine.

Discussion questions:

  1. Essential question: Why is impeachment a part of the political process in America?
  2. What do you know about the previous cases of impeachment in U.S. history? Why has impeachment rarely been used? (check out the AP and Vox links below)
  3. Why did Nancy Pelosi announce an official impeachment inquiry?
  4. What was President Trump’s reaction to news of the impeachment inquiry?
  5. What was the allegation made by the whistleblower regarding Ukrainian aid?
  6. Why did Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Thurs., Sept 26th, regarding an intelligence community whistleblower’s complaint?
  7. Watch the video to answer the questions about the memo released on Wednesday: What lawmakers learned from Trump’s Ukraine call memo
    1. What did the memo say?
    2. Were there parts of the memo that concerned you? Which parts and why?
    3. Why is it against the law for U.S. leaders to pressure another country’s government for information on their political opponents? How does this action undermine democracy?
    4. What is Trump’s reaction to the memo? Democratic leadership?
  8. Do you think an impeachment inquiry is warranted? Why or why not?
  9. Media literacy: Congressional reaction to the impeachment hearing has largely fallen along partisan lines. What can you do to make sure you understand various opinions?

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