President Donald Trump isn’t the only president facing impeachment charges this week. The student government president at the University of Florida, Michael Murphy, was handed impeachment papers Tuesday for paying Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, $50,000 to speak at a campus event.
Because the cash came from the students’ tuition fees at the Gainesville, Fla., school, the payment for a speech by the president’s son on October 10 amounts to “abuse of power” and “malfeasance,” according to a report in the student paper, the Independent Florida Alligator.
Two people tied to Trump Jr. face impeachment today. COINCIDENCE?https://t.co/vKASGN3c4q— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) November 13, 2019
“Our course of action is really to hold President Murphy accountable,” said Claudia Tio, one of the student senators who put forward the impeachment resolution. “He directly violated the 800 codes, which state that Student Government… activity and service fees are not allowed to be used on expenditures supporting any political party or candidates.”
Murphy has insisted in statements to the paper that the Trump Jr.-Guilfoyle event, a speech to some 800 students, was a non-political one. Emails that have since surfaced, however, show that Murphy was asked to bring Trump to campus by a woman who works on Trump Victory, the president’s re-election committee.
“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 states.