impeachment: the process…

Posted on Thursday 29 December 2005

Article 1
  Section 2.

  The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

  Section 3.

  The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
  Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

Impeachment [which essentially means indictment] requires a simple majority in the House of Representatives. The Trial is conducted by the Senate, and requires a two thirds majority. Here’s the current makeup of the Congress:

Senate House of Representatives
Democrat Republican Other Democrat Republican Other
48 51 1 204 229 1

That means that [assuming all Democrats voted as a bloc], 14 Republican Representatives would have to vote for Impeacment by the House, and then 18 Republican Senators would have to vote with the Democratic Senators to convict.

That would be a massive number of people walking across the aisle [over 10% of the Congressional Republicans] – a very unlikely scenerio. The only viable possibility would be the continued exposure of the Administration’s failings, followed by an impressive change in Congress with the midterm elections. The latter is a realistic possibility.

Time for Congressional hearings and Special Councils to begin to make the truth painfully public. The course of things at this point is in the hands of the voters… 

    December 30, 2005 | 10:49 AM

    Thanks for the breakdown. I was wondering how that would stack up.

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