Trump Just Six Senate GOP Votes Away From Being Impeached
The push by Democrats and other progressives to impeach President Donald Trump and remove him from office has gained a number of Republicans in the past few weeks and currently lacks just six Republican votes in the U.S. Senate, according to analysis by a major Washington think-tank.
A recent analysis by Elaine Kamarck of the Washington-based research group The Brookings Institution said that Trump has lost so many friends in the past few weeks that an impeachment bill is likely to succeed if the Democrats can find six additional GOP votes in the U.S. Senate.
Kamarck, the director of the Center for Effective Public Management, said 12 Republican Senators have “no fear of the President” and could possibly vote against the president in an impeachment proceeding.
The United States Constitution grants that a president can be impeached and removed from office before end of their term if enough members agreed that the president committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours”.
In an article published on the Brookings Institution’s website, Kamarck said Republican senators likely to vote to boot Trump from office include Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.
McCain voted to kill the GOP healthcare bill a few weeks ago and put an end, for now, to Trump and the GOP’s pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.
For an article of impeachment to reach the U.S Senate it must first pass through the House of Representatives. The Senate requires two-thirds of senators to vote to remove the president.
Kamarck said that with 48 Democrats “who have shown no inclination to work with this President” voting to impeach Trump, it means the president was just six votes away from being removed.
In the history of the United States, only three presidents have faced impeachment proceedings. Andrew Johnson in 1898 and Bill Clinton in 1998 and 1999 were impeached and acquitted. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid being impeached.
She said that between now and 2019, it is possible that a Republican Senator could walk into the Oval office and tell Trump that he does not have the votes needed to stay in office.
“’At some point in 2019 (if not sooner) a Republican Senator may walk into the Oval Office and say to President Trump: “Mr. President, we don’t have the votes,’ at which point the Trump presidency will end in a resignation or a conviction in the Senate,” Kamarck said.
Kamarck said current trend will have to continue for the President to face the prospect of impeachment.
“Of course this assumes that the forces now in motion continue on their same trajectory and result in an impeachment vote. They are: the investigations into the Trump campaign; evidence of weakness in the Republican base; historical trends indicating a possible Democratic takeover in the House and, last but not least, defiance in the Senate,” she said.
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