Jumping the Gun? Congressional Dems Making Early Calls for Trump's Impeachment

Despite a near constant drumbeat of White House controversy, it seems unlikely President Donald Trump is anywhere near being impeached by a Congress controlled by the Republicans. We've only had one President impeached in American history.

"I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice", said Green.

A second Democrat and longtime environmental activist - Robert Massie - has also formally entered the race. Only a couple days before the President is scheduled to leave the United States for his first overseas trip beginning in Saudi Arabia, then Israel, then the Vatican, then Italy.

Baker has yet to formally announce his intention to seek a second term, but is widely expected to do so.

Many conservatives felt Nixon was hounded from office by a biased press corps and bloodthirsty Democrats; Clinton's trial and acquittal made already-ugly partisan divisions even worse.

Without the luxury of distance, congressional Democrats are remaining more cautious about whether it's time to invoke such a serious measure, something that they could not do without help from Republicans, who control both the House and Senate. He was acquitted too. The Republicans knew all along that Trump was a wild card; but they had no idea how extraordinarily hard his conduct would make their job. That means at least 218 out of 435 members of the House would need to cast ballots to impeach the president.

And that would be the easy part.

On Dec. 19, 1998, the House of Representatives impeached Clinton on the grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with an extramarital affair he had with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The Republicans would still have the edge in Congress, and under Pence would have a better chance than under Trump to keep that edge in 2018. "The people who are going to be responsible for carrying that out are probably the ones who are most hesitant to talk about it because they don't want to look like they jumped the gun in running to that process", Jentleson said. Of those, only eight were convicted. Charges were dropped against three others after they were either expelled from office or resigned.

There is a movement, but to push things forward in a direction that does not merely send the US back to a tepid status quo, but brings the nation into a new and evolved democracy, the people must be involved. The US also has regular elections.

This process, complete with witnesses being called to the stand and cross-examinations, would likely take a number of months.

"If these allegations, Senator, are true, are we getting closer to the possibility of yet another impeachment process?".

"The standard for impeachment of high crimes and misdemeanours requires substantial improper conduct", Professor Turley says. He was impeached by the full House on December 19, although they rejected several articles suggested by the judiciary committee.

The case went to trial in the Senate, which ultimately voted on February 12, 1999, to acquit the president of the charges.

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