Debate of the Month

October 2019

STYLE 

Speed Chess: Similar to a Gavel debate, the pro and con speakers will both stand up and give their speeches simultaneously, but neither can talk over each other. Instead of the speaker tapping their gavel to interrupt the opposing speaker, the speaker that is talking will tap their gavel to indicate that they are finished with their speech and then the opposing speaker will respond.

 

DEBATE

 

Resolved, that Congress’ pursuit of President Trump’s impeachment inquiry is justified. 

 

Background: Discussions regarding President Trump’s impeachment seriously began shortly after the release of the Mueller Report and its possible revelation of obstruction of justice. However, given recent events, such discussions have resurfaced. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House’s official pursuit of an impeachment inquiry on September 25, 2019. This course of action was initiated by a whistleblower complaint regarding questionable aspects of the President’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, in which President Trump requested that Ukraine investigate the Bidens for corruption. Following the publication of the whistleblower complaint, the transcript of the call was released, which promptly facilitated the House to take formal action. This particular impeachment inquiry is predicated on the grounds of an abuse of power for pressuring a foreign nation to produce blackmail on a political rival. Those who find that the inquiry is justified argue that this demonstrates a pattern of unconstitutional behavior that will only escalate into greater threats to national security. On the other hand, those who believe that the inquiry is unjustified assert that the President is entitled to executive privilege in regards to confidential conversations. However, the question remains: Is the House’s impeachment inquiry justified? 

 

Pro: 

 

  • Trump’s behavior throughout his presidency has demonstrated a pattern of unconstitutional behavior that very well may escalate into more severe threats to national security. Therefore, the House must take action now. 

 

  • In the recent past, Trump has explicitly stated that he would willingly take information regarding a political opponent from a foreign power. Recent alleged events simply put his words into practice, making the impeachment inquiry justified.
  • Soliciting valuable information from a foreign power in connection to a U.S. election is inherently illegal. The implication that Trump participated in such activity makes the impeachment inquiry justified.

 

Con: 

 

  • The circumstances surrounding this impeachment inquiry does not allow sufficient evidence to be discerned regarding the President’s actions. Therefore, making the House’s actions futile and unjustified.
  • The House and the Senate exist as extreme political dichotomies, especially with the House’s strong democratic identity. Throughout Trump’s presidency, it has been elucidated that the House has a vendetta against Trump; therefore, they will call for impeachment wherever they can, regardless if it is justified.
  • The President is entitled to executive privilege, especially as it relates to private foreign phone calls, in order to preserve national security. Therefore, this inquiry is unjustified. 

 

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