What comes next in impeachment of President Trump?
TRI-STATE (WFIE) - President Donald Trump is just the third president in the history of the United States to be impeached, but removing him from the office will be another fight for lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Impeachment is no longer a question, it’s a fact. The question now is, whether or not lawmakers will vote to remove President Trump from office; something that has never been done in American history.
The votes came in primarily along party lines. Republicans held a strong and united front against impeachment while few Democrats wavered in their support for the articles approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
The partisan results were not unexpected. Local lawmakers made their votes and opinions on the articles of impeachment known via press releases and social media posts.
“Impeachment is a very serious thing,” said Kentucky Republican Representative James Comer. "[The]founding fathers were correct in putting it in the constitution- that’s what Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have made this- a partisan tool.”
His fellow Republican congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon of Indiana echoed his sentiment saying, “At the end of the day the aid was released, and there was no investigations. So you really have an impeachment here that is unsound- in fact, it’ll be the first partisan impeachment in the country.”
Representative Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana’s 7th Congressional district, offered a different opinion on the impeachment articles during the house’s debate session.
“We must not allow our own president of these united states to get away with breaking his own oath of office," Carson said. "Madam speaker that’s why we take this solemn, but necessary vote to impeach.”
Now that impeachment is a certainty, the presidents future will be placed squarely in the hands of the Republican-led Senate.
Democrats will need to garner a two-thirds majority in order to remove President Trump from the highest office in the land. That vote is not expected to be approved with Republicans owning a 53-45 seat advantage in the Senate. Two more independents round out the 100 seats.
Indiana Senator Mike Braun outlined a contradiction in Washington when it comes to a topic like an impeachment.
“It is a political process. There’s probably not one senator that would be seated as a juror in a regular trial," Braun said. "You bring that political predisposition, point of view into it. All along, I feel that there is an obligation, constitutionally, that you listen to the merits of the case.”
The Senate is expected to hold that trial after the start of the new year.
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