As Congress returns to Washington, so does impeachment

by | Sep 3, 2019 | Politics, Trump Tragedy

Members of Congress are heading back to work in Washington, D.C. next week after a long recess, and for Democrats in the U.S. House, impeachment discussions are expected to continue. 

More than half of Democrats support impeachment or impeachment proceedings. Politico breaks down where the Texas delegation stands:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has said his committee has begun gathering evidence and anticipates a vote by the end of the year on whether to bring articles of impeachment to the House floor. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment is too divise for the country. “The public isn’t there on impeachment,” she said. 

A June Quinnipiac poll revealed 60 percent of Texas voters said Congress should not try to impeach the president, with 34 percent supporting the idea.

In interviews, voters believe impeachment will fail in the GOP-controlled Senate. The best course of action, they say, is firing Trump at the ballot box.

Still, Texas congressman Al Green, who has tried four times unsuccessfully to move forward with articles of impeachment, believes the president must be held accountable for his racism and abuse of power.

“If the phrase deliberately left open by the Founders to be defined as ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ does not apply to the evidence of Trump’s conduct over the past three years,” one writer noted,  “then it would seem to have no meaning at all.”

As a practical matter, and a political one, Pelosi has said it doesn’t make sense to go down the impeachment road if the votes in the House, and the Senate, aren’t there. The move, as The Hill points out, could backfire on Democrats as it did for Republicans who tried to impeach Bill Clinton.  

Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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