A nugget of political arithmetic is suddenly everywhere: “Two-thirds majority.” This is the share of votes required to convict President Trump in an impeachment trial in the United States Senate.That’s 67 senators, if you’re counting—or, in the glass-half-empty variation, the number of Republican senators required to jump ship is 20. The requirements to impeach a president are found in Article II, Section IV of the Constitution. “First, an impeachment resolution must be introduced by a member of the House of Representatives. And so there’re kind of two ways to look at this. One of … Impeachment happens in the House, it only requires a simple MAJORITY vote, it’s basically just an accusation. There was a six-hour debate: An intense partisan debate over impeachment played out for hours on the House floor on rapid-fire fashion ahead of the impeachment … Majority of House reaches required 216 votes to impeach President Trump in both articles against him 5 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, December 18 … Two Democrats voted with Republicans. Before all 435 members of the House can take up the issue of impeachment, a small group known as the House Judiciary Committee must assess and vote on the articles of impeachment. The Senate rejected the abuse of power charge 52 to 48, largely along party lines. The votes to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress fell almost exactly along party lines.
The impeachment process in U.S. government was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin during the Constitutional Convention in 1787. I do have to ask you the kind of political version of this question, which is mathematically, your vote isn’t required to impeach the president. WASHINGTON INFORMER — The House voted on earlier this month to table a resolution by Texas Rep. Al Green to impeach President Donald Trump. OK…Two things. The votes fell far short of the two-thirds majority required to convict and remove the president from office. A majority of Democrats joined Republicans in voting to table Green’s measure, which the outspoken representative based on Trump’s recent racist remarks against four freshmen congresswomen of color. Noting that the traditional mechanism for removing “obnoxious” chief executives — like kings — from power had been assassination, Franklin glibly suggested the impeachment process as a more rational and preferable method. It states that the President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Politically, the Democratic leadership is avoiding a vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry because thus far they seem uncertain whether they could win such a vote.