How to Impeach a President

Provided by the Republican Party of Florida

The following information came from POLITICO article published 10/3/2019 

  • Impeachment always starts in the House.
    • The sitting speaker of the House must give her approval for impeachment proceedings.
  • House committees investigate and write articles of impeachment.
    • If the Judiciary Committee approves any articles of impeachment, the full House will vote on the charges against the president.
  • A majority vote in the House is needed to impeach.
    • At least 218 out of the 435 representatives are needed to approve any of the articles of impeachment presented by the Judiciary Committee.
  • If the House impeaches the president, the Senate holds a trial.
    • At the outset, the Senate passes a resolution setting trial procedures and how to handle witness testimony and evidence.
    • Typically, members of the House Judiciary Committee manage the argument for impeachment the president has his own defense lawyers on the floor.
  • After the trial, the Senate votes.
    • A two-third majority or 67 of 100 senators is needed for the president to be convicted and removed from office.

 Impeachment Talkers:  

  • The Democrats’ process remains tainted, unfair, and unprecedented.
  • Democrats continue to move the goal posts and are not providing President Trump with basic due process rights.
  • From the very moment President Trump took office, Democrats were set on impeachment.
    • Democrats know they cannot beat President Trump in 2016 so are turning to this sham partisan impeachment inquiry.
  • After 3 days of public testimony and 9 witnesses, the facts remain:
    • The July 25th call transcript – released to the public – shows no evidence of pressure or quid pro quo.
    • Both President Zelensky and President Trump have said there was no pressure on the call.
    • At the time of the July 25th call, the Ukrainian government did not know aid was withheld.
    • Aid was received with no conditions.
  • Everyone is tired of this impeachment sham and polls are continuing to show this.
    • A new Emerson poll shows support for impeachment has flipped since October from 48% support with 44% opposing to now 45% opposed and 43% in support.
      • The biggest swing is among Independents, who oppose impeachment now 49% to 34%, which is a reversal from October where they supported impeachment 48% to 39%.
    • A Politico- Morning Consult Poll showed opposition by independents to the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry jumped 10 points last week.
    • NPR reported that Americans overwhelmingly say the impeachment hearings won’t change their minds.
    • A Marquette University Poll shows support for impeachment has slipped in a key 2020 battleground state.
    • Gallup found that President Trump’s approval rating is improving since their end of October poll.
    • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s polling of suburban voters showed there was more support for dropping the inquiry than supporting it.
  • These public polls are matching RNC internal polling which shows:
    • The President’s approval is the highest it’s been since the impeachment sham began.
    • Opposition to impeachment is growing.
    • Most voters want Biden investigated. This includes over 1/3rd of Dems.
  • Impeachment backlash has fueled the RNC’s fundraising. In October, the RNC brought in $25.3 million and has $61.4 million cash on hand.
  • Many House Democrats in Trump won Congressional Districts came to Washington pledging to work with President Trump and Republicans. They will have to answer to their constituents in November 2020.
  • It’s time that Democrats get over the results of the 2016 election and get back to the issues that matter most to the American people.
    • Democrats should focus on working with Republicans to ratify the USMCA which would boost the economy and create 176,000 jobs and add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy.

 

 

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