UF students threaten impeachment for Trump Jr.'s visit

Lawrence Kim
November 14, 2019

A campus visit by Donald Trump Jr. has led to impeachment efforts against University of Florida's student government president.

The University of Florida's Student Senate on Tuesday introduced an impeachment resolution against Michael Murphy, student body president, accusing him of abusing his power and having "colluded" to spend $50,000 in student fees to bring the president's eldest son to campus on October 10.

Student Body statutes forbid student money from being spent in support of or against a political party, according to the resolution. "Student Government writ large, Mr. Murphy not only endangered students marginalized by the speakers' white nationalist supporters, but also abused his power to advance a particular political party at the expense of the students he should represent", the impeachment resolution reads.

"We met at my house on the 4th of July", Caroline Wren, a national finance consultant of Trump Victory, wrote Murphy in a September 10 email obtained by the student newspaper. The Tampa Bay Times notes the parallels between Murphy's impeachment battle and President Trump's: Both are "struggle [s] between the executive and legislative branches, fanned by partisan loyalties" and involve "smoking guns", in Murphy's case an email rather than a phone call.

A UF alumna who went digging around for more information on Trump Jr.'s event uncovered an email showing a Donald Trump re-election campaign helper requested Murphy's help in arranging the speech.

The Alligator reported that Murphy also reached out to the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, inviting him to come to campus, but the Sanders campaign declined, citing scheduling issues.

The move to impeach Murphy comes as President Trump's public impeachment hearings began Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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