The number two Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) warned that if Trump has broken the law, he will be held accountable, which means that impeachment is coming.
Video of Durbin on CNN’s State Of The Union:
Sen. Dick Durbin warns Trump that Democrats will hold him accountable if he has violated the law. pic.twitter.com/WVGKxqZsrZ
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Jake Tapper asked Durbin what Democrats might do if Trump is found to have broken the law.
Durbin answered, “Well, I don’t want to predict that. I think that’s too hypothetical. We understand what the constitution says. We must do, and that is hold everyone in the United States, including the president of the United States accountable if they have violated the law. No one including the president is above the law.”
With Democrats poised to take back the House, impeachment is a real possability
Impeachment charges would originate in the House and be voted on in the Senate. There are only two steps missing from impeachment becoming real. Democrats need to win back the House, and Trump has to have been found to have broken the law. Once those criteria are met, judging from Durbin’s comments, impeachment will happen.
Dick Durbin isn’t some backbencher in Congress. He is the number two Democrat in the Senate and party to the thinking of Pelosi and Schumer.
There is only one constitutional way that presidents are held accountable for breaking the law, and that is impeachment. Durbin didn’t dance with hypotheticals. He drew a straight line. If Trump broke the law, he is going to be impeached. Trump has few allies among Republicans in the Senate, so when the Russia scandal hits the fan, it is possible that the votes will be there to remove him from office.
Trump’s fate hinges on the findings of Robert Mueller.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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