Stephen Colbert is having way too much fun with this. In fact, much of America is revelling in the first day of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. Almost simultaneously with what many on social media has dubbed ‘Happy Impeachment Day’, the country experienced a cold snap and according to The Late Show host, “we’re heading into my favourite season – because it’s Impeachment Eve!”
“I’m so excited, I won’t be able to sleep,” he said as he begun his reel of jokes. “So, like every other night of the Trump presidency.” In turn, the comedian brought out his aptly decorated ‘impeachment tree’ covered with peach baubles, a quid pro snow ornament, finished off with a star made from a printed copy of the “perfect” transcript Trump has insisted we read. This comes after the president tweeted he would release the first transcript and “therefore most important” phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Additionally The Late Show also released an ‘ABC’s Of Impeachment’ video – just in case you needed a quick run-down before the televised hearings.
The hearings come after Nancy Pelosi announced that the House was launching a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, in late September. A whistleblower was reported to make a complaint about Trump’s recent phone call with foreign leader Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump is accused of violating his oath to office for political gain.
As explained by the BBC: The US constitution states a president “shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanours”. If there is sufficient evidence and there is a majority vote within the house, the President will go to trial where the Senate will vote for a conviction. 67 percent or two-thirds of the senate must vote against Trump for him to be removed from office in which case. This result has never been seen in America’s history meaning the events that occur from here on out, will go down in the books forever.