BREAKING: House Judiciary Committee Votes to Move Forward with Impeachment
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On Friday morning, the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of moving forward with the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The vote was 23-17 in favor of impeachment.
Just last Tuesday, House Democrats led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that they were filing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of "obstructing Congress" and "abuse of power."
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Despite Pelosi’s early reluctance to push for impeachment, there are currently 228 Democrats who have voiced support for impeachment or an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi has said she believes Trump is “goading” Democrats to impeach him because he thinks it will help him fire up his base.
Democrats have continued to send congressional subpoenas to those close to Trump for documents related to the ongoing scandal regarding the president’s phone call with the president of Ukraine — specifically whether Trump asked him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees are all investigating Trump, his cabinet members and closest allies.
As the impeachment agenda from the left continues, it is becoming increasingly clear that the entire impeachment process is just a way for Democrats to get "back" at President Trump.
During a summit in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Pelosi accidentally undermined her own impeachment agenda against President Donald Trump when she said that the impeachment process against him has actually been going on for "two and a half" years.
The Speaker was asked about the speed of the impeachment process. She responded, “Speed? It’s been going on 22 months—two and a half years, actually.”
Pelosi continued, “I think we are not moving with speed. Was it two a half years ago they initiated the Mueller investigation? It’s not about speed. It’s about urgency. One of the charges against the president of the United States—saying he was violating the oath of office by asking for government to interfere in our election undermining the integrity of our elections.”
She added, “If we did not hold him accountable, he would continue to undermine our elections. Nothing less is at stake than the central point of our democracy, of a free and fair election not to be disrupted by foreign powers.”
Although impeachment will most likely go through the House, removing President Trump from office is extremely unlikely.
According to a CNN report, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to acquit President Donald Trump if impeachment were to make its way to the Senate. This move would be huge considering McConnell would be going much farther than simply dismissing the impeachment charges against the President.
Check out what CNN reported:
Republicans want to have a vote on acquittal — to clear the President of the charges against him — not simply rely on a 51-vote threshold procedural motion to dismiss the hotly disputed case.
The Constitution mandates 67 votes are required to convict the President and remove him from office, a barrier widely considered too high to be reached in this case.
One vote McConnell can’t rely on is that of Vice President Mike Pence, who has “no role in impeachment,” according to a GOP leadership aide, despite being president of the Senate with the mandate to break ties.
One of the senators, speaking anonymously, said McConnell would not call a vote on a motion to proceed to the impeachment articles unless he knew he had the 51 votes needed to end the trial, which would then set up a final vote on the articles themselves. On that final vote, 67 votes would be needed to convict Trump and remove him from office.
Republican Senator John Cornyn spoke with CNN, saying that it "would make more sense" to vote on the articles of impeachment than just dismissing them. He also revealed a second option and said that the Senate could “decide this on a 51-vote threshold, with the potential tie and all the recriminations that would flow from that.”
While speaking with reporters, McConnell signaled what his options were if impeachment made its way to the Senate.
“It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial or it could decide — and again, 51 members could make that decision — that they’ve heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move to vote on the two articles of impeachment,” he said. “Those are the options. No decisions have been made yet.”
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