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The "I" word

First official call today, as reported by CNN:


Washington (CNN) — Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump Wednesday morning, the first member of Congress to officially request leveling charges against the President from the House floor.

"This is about my position. This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached," Green said on the floor. "For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President would be found guilty. It simply means that the House of Representatives will bring charges against the President. It's similar to an indictment but not quite the same thing."

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Whether or not anything eventually comes of this, it's now a matter of public record and will be published in the Congressional Record.

And on the other side of the story, you have a Republican senator from Idaho defending Trump for his intelligence disclosures to Lavrov and Kislyak (Russian ambassador to the U.S.), and calling the people who leaked the story traitors.... (For my non-U.S. friends, for a long time Idaho has been known as a home for white separatists/white survivalists, so the senator's opinion is, depressingly, not that surpising.)

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foudebassan
May. 17th, 2017 08:31 pm (UTC)

I was waiting for that - only a matter of time! How many republicans votes do they need to impeach and how likely are they to get them? People like McCain strike me as sensible enough to impeach.

aswanargent
May. 17th, 2017 10:04 pm (UTC)
Here's what some quick math tells me:

Articles of impeachment are brought in the House of Representatives, where a majority vote is required. If every Democrat voted in favour, it would take at least 24 Republicans to join them to reach the barest majority.

Assuming articles are voted, it then moves to the Senate, which is where McCain would be involved. A vote to convict requires a 2/3 majority. Right now there are 52 Republican senators, 46 Democrats, and 2 independents, who typically vote with the Democrats. It would take at least 18 Republican senators to switch.

So, given the current state of the Republicans in Congress (down on all fours and yapping as treats are eaten), it seems highly unlikely that Representative Green's action will go anywhere unless the bombshells keep coming and keep getting worse. It might be a different story after the midterm elections in November 2018, assuming Democrats can pick up enough seats to at least narrow the current gap. And it depresses me no end to say that. :-(
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