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Trump Is Six Votes Away From Being Impeached

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Speculation about the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump continues to grow.

Trump is a mere "six votes away from conviction in the Senate," writes Elaine Kamarck, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, the noted Washington, D.C., think tank.

As she explains, following impeachment in the House, a trial takes place in the Senate, with conviction requiring a two-thirds vote.

Her calculation is based on the fact that there are already 12 senators who have shown a willingness to oppose Trump, in addition to the 48 senate Democrats are firmly opposed to him.

In addition to the president's growing unpopularity among lawmakers, the majority of Americans now favor impeachment, according to a new poll conducted by Harvard University's Center for American Political Studies and research marketing firm Harris Insights and Analytics, reports Newsweek.

In the poll, respondents were given three choices for how to deal with the president: 43 percent said he should be impeached or otherwise removed from office, while 42 percent said nothing should be done and 12 percent said he should be censured by Congress.

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Following Trump's controversial comments about the violence at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee announced the he planned to initiate articles of impeachment.

However, some leading Democrats have argued against hurrying into impeachment proceedings.

"No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office," said Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, reports The New York Times.

Senator Bernie Sanders concurred: "What needs to happen is that we have got to go forward with an absolutely bipartisan investigation. The public must understand this is not a Democratic issue."

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Newsweek reported that David Axelrod, a top adviser to former President Barack Obama, told CNN: "I think we have to be very, very careful when we have these discussions because we have a system, a constitutional system, and if people get a sense that there is some extraordinary measure that's going to be taken to effect what they would view as a bloodless coup."

On the Republican side, Trump friend and supporter Roger Stone, a veteran of presidential campaigns such as for former Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, issued a strong warning against any attempt at impeachment, reports TMZ, according to Newsweek.

"Try to impeach him. Just try it," he said. "You will have a spasm of violence -- an insurrection -- in this country like you have never seen before. ... Both sides are heavily armed, my friend."

Sources: Brookings Institution, Newsweek, The New York Times / Featured Image: United States Senate / Embedded Images: Pexels (2)

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