House Democrats launch longshot bid to impeach Trump

Pauline Gross
June 9, 2017

No Illinoisan is on the Senate intelligence committee, which heard from Comey on Thursday in a long, high-profile hearing and later behind closed doors.

Green first called for the president's impeachment last month, just days after he fired Comey from leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation, even calling for the process on the House floor. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., Mark Pocan, D-Wis., Jared Huffman, D-Calif., and Rep Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who warned her constituents at a town hall last month that if Trump were successfully impeached, "the problems don't go away" because then "you have a Vice President Pence who becomes President Pence".

But since Republicans control the House - a simple majority vote in the House can impeach a president; the Senate then tries him - Indivisible co-executive director Leah Greenberg said the group would be aiming its message at members of both parties.

The confusion on the issue of such a procedure though comes from the fact that there is no clarity on the issue of what constitutes an impeachable offence.

Impeachment is a prerogative of the House.

A two-thirds vote is needed to convict. And such a doubt has existed as the Supreme Court of the U.S. refused to clearly define what are the matters that lead to such an offence during the last time a President against who such a proceeding was initiated, Richard Nixon.

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In the past, Johnson, Nixon and Clinton all faced Congresses controlled by their political opposition so they had good reason to want the president out of office. However, the House Democrat said he is unsure when the documents will actually be filed and added that he would like some public feedback before moving forward.

However, Trump is now cushioned with a House that politically supports him. "The testimony that former FBI Director James Comey is expected to deliver today makes clear that Congress must begin impeachment proceedings immediately". Other lawmakers have resisted the idea as multiple investigations into Trump's relationship with Russian Federation continue.

While many Dems have quietly stepped away from talk of impeachment with the hopes that the Russian Federation investigations will help bolster the party in 2018, Green has forged ahead undeterred.

Democratic leaders in Congress, though opposed to Trump, have not called for his ouster. "Because, he told the Senate, he hoped that the disclosure of the memo would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and possible collusion with associates of the president's campaign", Continetti writes. Unless of course, some extremely damning evidence of presidential crimes came to light.

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