The House Judiciary Committee voted Friday to send articles of Trump’s impeachment to the full House. It’s only the fourth time a president has faced such a move.
The vote will be next week. The first article of impeachment accuses the President of abusing his power by withholding military aid and a White House meeting while pressuring Ukraine's President to investigate his political rival. The second accuses Trump of obstructing Congress by thwarting the House's investigative efforts. In fact, all indications pointed toward a short and swift Senate trial that would quickly dispatch the charges against the President. Trump's lawyers will present the President's defense. A procedural framework that would allow senators to fully acquit the President, clearing Trump of all charges against him, instead of simply dismissing them is possible. The Constitution requires 67 votes to convict the President and remove him from office.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Public opinion on impeachment has stagnated. Republicans argued that Democrats have drawn up vague and unsubstantiated charges against the president, after failing to secure the facts that would support a more fulsome case against him. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he doubts any Republican senators will vote to convict President Trump and remove him from office. Instead, he believes some Democrats could also vote to acquit him.