Prosecuting president Donald Trump it is a step we must take to ensure that the American people are free from tyranny.
By Tyler Pak
A frightening thought popped into my head: President Donald Trump, the leader of our nation, in jail.
Though at first this was nothing but a fleeting thought, more and more evidence has come to show that Trump colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
The New York Times reported that “American intelligence agencies have concluded with ‘high confidence’ that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials.”
As a result, the American people are faced with an important question: Should we prosecute Trump?
Some say that we should not because it would create chaos, disorder and unrest among the American people.
However, I believe that prosecuting Trump is an important step that we as Americans must take to ensure that a president does not have too much power in the future. If Trump does not get prosecuted, it will send the message that a president can get away with his crimes.
“It was a conscious effort by the President’s son and two of his closest advisers to work with affiliates of the Russian government to obtain information that might sway the U.S. election in Trump’s favor. In short, it was, at minimum, a case of attempted collusion,” according to The New Yorker.
At the end of the day, Trump is merely a person with the title as president. He is there to protect, represent and serve the American people, so the law should equally apply to him.
President George Washington stepped down after two terms. By doing this, he sent the message that a president’s power should be kept in check. He ensured that the president does not get too much power and made clear that they are not above the law.
Like Washington, we must show that Trump is not above the law by prosecuting him.
We the American people have failed in the past in setting a good precedent.
In 1974, former President Richard Nixon, who was involved in the Watergate scandal, was pardoned of all charges by the president at the time, Gerald Ford. Ford took this initiative thinking that America did not need a president in jail; this was an unpopular decision that angered many Americans.
It is time to correct this.
We can protect future generations from a tyrannical ruler who does as he pleases without any consequence.
Prosecuting president Donald Trump will create a future for America filled with violence and chaos
By Alex Park
Prosecute Trump. Impeach Trump. And now, even jail Trump.
Ever since some of President Donald Trump’s former campaign managers, aides and secretaries such as Michael Flynn began pleading guilty over lying during the federal investigation in the Russia collusion scandal, opposing forces, like some politicians in the Democratic Party, strengthened their rhetoric, stating that the president should be investigated and even removed from office.
“[The Democratic Leadership] says, ‘Maxine, please don’t say impeachment anymore,’” Rep. Maxine Waters said to the members of Stonewall Democrats in Los Angeles on Sept. 8. “And when they say that, I say impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment.”
Those who oppose the president and constantly chant to get him out of office in one way or another, I ask all of you: Please take this issue seriously.
Prosecuting Trump is not just the issue of investigating and finding out the truth about the previous actions of our current president, but it is the issue of a very important problem that may entirely change how American democracy will function in the long run.
First of all, Trump is our president who approximately 46 million people and 30 states selected in the previous presidential election. When choosing to prosecute such a person, it must be clear that a consensus forms among the people that the allegations against him are just too much to ignore.
For example, during the impeachment of former President Park Geun Hye of the Republic of Korea in 2016, an absolute vast majority (80-90 percent) of the people polled that Park should be prosecuted and impeached. Hence, the nation successfully prevented the potential chaos that could have occurred and smoothly transitioned from the investigations and impeachment to the 2017 presidential election.
However, according to cnn.org, polls show that approximately 61 percent of the Republicans or 30-40 percent of Americans oppose the Robert Mueller investigation and disagree with the idea of Trump testifying.
Since the American people are not in complete unity for prosecuting Trump, doing so will fuel protests and rallies that are far more violent than the previous ones.
However, the problem is that the anti- and pro-Trump rallies are already very violent and aggressive. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that 2.3 more assaults occurred on average in cities during the day a pro-Trump rally was held.
So a conflict more aggressive and brutal than the present will clearly cause turmoil in American politics that will be too much for our country to bear.
On top of that, the conflicts may even decline our booming economy, which is at full employment — its best in 17 years.
If prosecution begins, the chaos over the Russia investigation may bring a pessimistic outlook on America’s future with investors and businessmen. This is because the increasing violence in rallies will cause them to think that America’s future is far too risky for them to invest in any further.
If they begin withdrawing their contributions, the U.S. economy will decline significantly because increasing investments and entrepreneurship is the main reason why unemployment dropped to such a low rate.
Once this withdrawal of money flowing into our country occurs more often, it will stop the incredible growth we have right now and will cause our economy to be in grave danger.
In other words, Mueller must decide on this issue based on not only the evidence, but also the political situation that revolves around the Russia collusion scandal, which clearly shows it is far too dangerous to prosecute Trump.
Although the Mueller investigation team is safe for now, if it begins approaching to a point in which prosecution is inevitable, Mueller himself must shut down the probe under any costs to preserve the stability of America as a whole.