The 10 House Republican votes to impeach Trump are a new record for members of a president’s party voting for impeachment.
Claire McCaskill says that the ten Republican votes to impeach Trump are a new record for members of a president’s own party. pic.twitter.com/5gceb0EpDw
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Former Sen. Claire McCaskill said MSNBC‘s Deadline: White House, ” By the way, ten votes may not seem like a lot, but this is the most votes from a party of the president in an impeachment in history. I think the previous high number was five. There were five Democrats that voted for Clinton for several of the counts of Clinton’s impeachment. So this is doubling the number that voted against Clinton, in terms of voting to impeach a president of your own party. It’s notable. All these districts are drawn — they are not drawn to be swing districts. They are drawn to be one or the other. That’s a big number in the House.”
There were zero House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump in 2019, so ten votes is a huge increase. Getting the Republican pro-impeachment vote into double digits is a big deal because it puts pressure on Senate Republicans to consider convicting Trump.
Republicans made the first impeachment a partisan issue, but that won’t be possible this time.
There is a real possibility that Donald Trump could be convicted in the Senate.
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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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