Donald Trump is now the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Exactly a week after the attempted putsch by a mob of Trump supporters at the Capitol, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach the president for “incitement of insurrection,” with 10 Republicans joining the chamber’s Democrats.

Now there are rumblings that several Senate Republicans are considering a vote to convict — including Senate Majority Mitch McConnell. He reportedly is refusing to convene the Senate before January 19, but apparently several of the more moderate or just cynical Republicans are eager to ditch Trump as a political liability. Convicting him (which requires a two-thirds majority) would allow them to bar Trump from serving in any federal office permanently.

Whatever the case, for once the Democratic Party has been almost wholly united on a critical issue, and it has paid considerable political dividends. Democrats have the initiative, they are driving media coverage, and Republicans are playing weak defense.

The impeachment push has been led from the start by the “squad” — originally consisting of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), but now joined by Reps. Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.) …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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