Democrats have turned impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump into a political maneuver, holds Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review. The main issue is that their case is not strong enough. There is no clear case for the president having abused his power. Democrats argue that he threatened to withhold aid in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden, but the aid was given and Ukraine's leader said he wasn't pressured. They seem motivated by hurting Trump's reputation in the eyes of the public in order to decrease his reelection chances. This is no way to run a presidential impeachment investigation. Such partisanship only hurts American Democracy and furthers polarization.
The impeachment process is necessary to hold President Trump accountable for his transgressions, writes Robert Reich in The Guardian. First, he has violated the Constitution by abusing his power when trying to get a foreign country to get dirt on his political opponent, among other offenses. Additionally, the American public needs to understand the full extent of what Trump has done. Polls have shown that moderates, Democrats, and those who didn't vote in 2016 increasingly agree that impeachment is warranted. Additionally, even if Trump isn't forced out of office, impeachment would make it impossible for him to be pardoned, ensuring that he can't escape any future punishment.