Politics

Senate Prepared To Impeach President Trump

| by Jonathan Constante

The House of Representatives could be moving closer to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

As Trump's approval rating continues to plummet, and his Russia ties continue to unravel, more representatives appear ready to join the effort to impeach the president, The Inquisitr reported.

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California said in April that she will “fight every day until he (Trump) is impeached," The Washington Post reported. In May, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said Trump's actions "may well produce impeachment proceedings.”

Other Democrats have echoed their statements, and it now appears that more members of the United States Senate are ready to join the effort.

Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan said that if Trump did, in fact, ask former FBI Director James Comey to stop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the ordeal would be grounds for impeachment.

The United States Constitution states: “The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The Senate would first need the House to vote for impeachment in order for lawmakers to have a say in the matter. Representatives would need 218 votes in the House to vote Trump out. With 193 seats belonging to the Democrats, only 25 out of the 238 Republicans would need to vote for impeachment.

If the House impeaches Trump, he would face trial in the Senate. A two-thirds vote would then be needed in the Senate for Trump to be removed from office. That would make Vice President Mike Pence the 46th president of the United States.

Former Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were previously impeached in the House, but neither were actually removed from office. Johnson was spared by a single Senate tally, while Clinton won by a slim 55-45 vote.

Former President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 amid growing speculation that he was going to be impeached by both chambers of Congress. Nixon had Republican support in the beginning of the Watergate scandal, but slowly lost his grip as the scandal unfolded.

According to Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which was adopted in 1967 after Lyndon B. Johnson succeeded the assassinated John F. Kennedy in 1963, lawmakers could also appoint Pence to the presidency if the current president is deemed "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office," as seen on Cornell Law School's site.

Trump recently took to Twitter on May 31 to once again denounce his opponents.

"Crooked Hillary Clinton now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate," the president tweeted. "Hits Facebook & even Dems & DNC."

Sources: The Inquisitr, The Washington Post, Cornell Law School, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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