November 9, 2017
On November 1, the city council of San Francisco, California, unanimously approved a resolution which calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to direct its Judiciary Committee "to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump."
San Francisco joins a growing number of cities across the country since Richmond, California became the first US city on February 21 to pass a resolution calling for Trump's impeachment.
It is not just dozens of cities calling for Trump's impeachment, even Republican Representatives, Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), called for impeachment on the grounds that obstruction of justice charges against Trump were proven true.
Since July, Democrats in the House Judiciary committee have been demanding that hearings begin as soon as possible but Republicans have been blocking hearings.
Public support for impeachment has been growing steadily according to polls but the last poll by Public Policy Polling showed only 49% of voters being in favor of impeachment while 38% still approve of Trump's performance. In comparison, only 25% of American voters remained die-hard Nixon fans in his final days of office. Americans have gotten dumber.
The U.S. Constitution vests the power to impeach in the House of Representatives, while charging the Senate with the power to try impeachments. The House votes whether to bring the charge, and the Senate tries the case. The House vote is by simple majority, but the Senate requires a two-thirds majority to convict.
The grounds for impeachment are: “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” For an impeachment actually to happen a “resolution calling for a committee investigation of charges against the officer in question” must be referred to the House Committee on Rules, which then refers it to the Judiciary Committee for investigation.
Since Republicans currently control the House Committee on Rules by a wide margin, it is unlikely that Donald Trump could be impeached unless he thoroughly betrays the interests of the Republican party.
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