Impeachment, which is like unto indictment by a grand jury, only requires a simple majority vote in the House. That could pass easily, no Republican votes needed.
But conviction and removal of the President? That part happens in the Senate and requires a 2/3 super majority vote. In other words, 19 or 20 Republican Senators would have to vote for conviction, which is not in the cards, and Trump wins.
Why impeach? Because he is manifestly criminal. It is the righteous thing to do. But in practical terms? Won’t get us quit of him. Only two US Presidents have been impeached, but neither was convicted/removed. And a failure to convict would strengthen the Trumpian hand. They could say, honestly, that he hadn’t been found guilty.
Better choice might be to concentrate on defeating him in the 2020 election, then indict him for his crimes, try him in court, and put him in a suit the same color as his face.
I think impeachment only makes practical sense if we see a change of heart by a large number of Republicans who decide to defend the nation and the Constitution, to uphold the rule of law. But I think they’d choose power over those ideals most any day.
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