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The impeachment of Donald Trump has progressed with the vote now in the hands of Washington’s lower house.
So it goes. The impeachment of Donald Trump is rolling on, as the vote is now at the hands of the House of Representatives (the lower house of government), meaning that Donald Trump will have to face the Senate if the vote reaches the majority everyone expects it to.
On December 6, Pelosi said that “no one is above the law,” and claimed that the US president had “abused his power”.
“Our democracy is what is at stake, the president leaves us no choice but to act,” she said.
The Speaker of the House said his actions over the Ukraine incident were “a profound violation of the public trust” and “have seriously violated the Constitution”.
“His (Mr Trump’s) wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution,” she said.
In response, Donald Trump lost it, tweeting that the Democrats “have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country (sic)…but nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country (sic) can get back to business.”
Typically, he took it further, claiming that Pelosi “had a nervous fit” and claimed that his opponents want to “impeach me over NOTHING”.
Today’s headlines come as a result of weeks of closed-door hearings, where witnesses to the Ukraine snafu gave evidence.
So what happens now?
Considering that the Democrats own the lower house, they could pass the impeachment vote sans Republican interference.
The impeachment process works thusly: If the vote passes the lower house, the individual will be impeachment, and passed on the Senate for judgement. However, an actual ruling will prove difficult, as the as the Republicans control the floor. Notably, very few Republicans have given the allegations the time of day, and have followed Trump’s lead.
Donald Trump could well follow the example of Bill Clinton, who was impeached by the House, but not the Senate, following the Lewinsky scandal. Richard Nixon would have been impeached, but quit before he was fired.
If a Christmas miracle was to occur, the world would receive President Mike Pence as a gift, who would hold the post until January 2021.