On Wednesday Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas called for President Trump to be impeached. “This is about my position. This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached,” said Green.
Washington has been rumbling with murmurs of the “I” word since President Trump fired FBI director James Comey last week. But it’s going to be a long and difficult road ahead for those calling for the president to be impeached.
First, it should be noted Trump being impeached would not necessarily mean he would be removed from office. Instead, the impeachment processes are more of a formal indictment, indicating that charges are being brought against him.
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In order for the president to be impeached the House would need to present results of an investigation into charges against President Trump to the House judiciary committee. From there, the committee drafts articles of impeachment and holds a vote to decide if the charges will be sent to the full House to vote on.
If the full House votes and it were approved with a simple majority vote, Trump would then be impeached.
From there, in order to remove the president from office, the process would move to the Senate where a trial would be held with a committee of House representatives acting as the prosecutors. During a presidential impeachment trial, the Senate would act as the jury and the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice presides. A two-thirds vote is required in order to convict.
At the current moment, the pressure, and especially the support in the Republican House, needed to have the president impeached simply isn’t there.
Even Democrats have started to tone down their rhetoric around impeachment. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday asked Dems to “curb their enthusiasm” over the possibility that Trump could be impeached.
“I hope some would curb their enthusiasm until we have all of the facts and have confidence that when the American people understand what is there, whether it’s grounds for impeachment or grounds for disappointment, then they’ll know,” said Pelosi.
However, for the first time in his presidency, more Americans want President Trump impeached then don’t, according to a new Public Policy Polling poll released Tuesday.
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