It has begun. Democratic congressman Al Green, from Texas, has officially called for the impeachment of Donald Trump from the House floor:
“I rise today with a sense of responsibility and duty to the people who have elected me, a sense of duty to this country, a sense of duty to the Constitution of the United States of America. I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice.”
It’s out there, someone who is in a position of power said it in that very seat of power. Take a moment to let that sink in.
This does not mean impeachment starts today. That does not automatically mean he will be removed from office, even once an impeachment has begun. But it does mean that this may just be the beginning of the end.
Impeachment begins when the House passes, by simple majority (one more than half) a resolution of impeachment. Impeachment means that the president is formally accused of a crime, and the House is the only body that can do this.
Vox did a write up on the steps to impeachment:
First, the House of Representatives has the power to impeach the president. A simple majority is necessary for an article of impeachment to be approved (each article lays out a charge against the president).
Then the process moves to the Senate, where a trial will be held, with the chief justice of the Supreme Court presiding.
Finally, and crucially, it takes a two-thirds vote from the Senate to actually convict a president on any count. Conviction on any count would then remove the president from office and put the vice president in power.
Note that two-thirds of the Senate — 67 votes — is a very high threshold that’s almost never achieved on any matter that’s remotely partisan. The framers did not make it easy for Congress to remove a democratically elected president from power.
This is the first step, but the journey is long. We need an independent investigation, one that can’t be derailed by Jeff Sessions Justice Department or Trump himself. Click here to send a message to the Justice Department asking them to appoint an independent investigator into Trump’s behavior. Trump is being abandoned and the GOP must hear your voice.
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) May 17, 2017
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