Republicans Unveil Measure To Block 2020 Dems From Senate Impeachment Trial
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Several Senate Democrats are still currently running for president in the 2020 election.
Current rules state that if the U.S. Senate takes on impeachment against the president, all senators are required to be present for the trial.
But Republicans view it differently, and want to require Senate Democrats running for president to recuse themselves from a possible impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.
The five current Senate Democrats running for president are: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Missouri GOP Rep. Jason Smith is pushing a resolution that calls on the Senate to amend its rules to require the five Democratic presidential hopefuls in the Senate be recused in the trial.
He argues that a trial in the Senate would mix impeachment with their political aspirations, therefore creating political biases and skewed motivations.
“No senator should participate in this trial when they are able to abuse their power in the U.S. Senate by attempting to remove their political opponent and help their own political ambitions,” Smith said.
The Washington Times reports:
His office pointed out that the chief justice of the Supreme Court and not the vice president, whose own political fortunes are directly tied to the outcome of such a trial, would oversee the proceedings as a presumably nonpartisan arbiter.
But the House GOP’s non-binding resolution is unlikely to go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled House.
For Democrats looking to oust Mr. Trump, the resolution only complicates the already difficult impeachment math.
The House can impeach Mr. Trump with a simple majority vote.
In the Senate, it takes a two-thirds majority to convict and remove a president from office. Democrats, who are in the minority in the Senate, need 20 Republican votes to convict Mr. Trump, which is all but impossible in the current political environment. Taking five Senate Democrats out of the mix would make it even less plausible.
He went on to argue that senators currently running for president have all but abandoned their day jobs unless they think the time in Washington would benefit their campaigns.
“Suddenly returning to Washington in pursuit of their ‘Spartacus moment’ is an embarrassment to our standards of judicial impartiality and a poor excuse for public service,” he said.
Despite no evidence that the president broke the law or committed an impeachable offense, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that Democrats are going to introduce articles of impeachment.
Most American see the Democrats for just what they are -- partisan hacks who want to overturn the results of the 2016 election and they will stop at nothing to get their way.