NEW YORK, CMC – Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says the US House of Representatives has enough votes to impeach President Donald Trump, as efforts continue in the impeachment probe.
“In all likelihood, we have the votes,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation on Saturday, stating that 236 members of the House of Representatives have “indicated that they support the inquiry.”
A simple majority vote by the full House of Representatives, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 235-198 (in addition to one independent and one vacant seat), would be required to impeach Trump, according to the US Constitution.
At present, six US House of Representatives’ committees are probing Trump’s alleged misconduct that could result in impeachment.
Clarke, the representative for the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, said, while Democrats are confident of the votes to impeach Trump, they are going through the formality.
“The committees have subpoenaed witnesses,” she said. “Then, it’ll (process) eventually move to the floor (for the vote on impeachment).
“It’s a matter of building the case,” Clarke added. “We are making sure that the American people are fully informed (about Trump’s alleged wrongdoings).”
If the House votes to impeach the president, the articles of impeachment go to the Senate for trial, at which the chief justice of the US Supreme Court presides, the US Constitution states.
It says that two-thirds of the members of Senate are required to convict the president. If he’s convicted, he’s removed from office.
However, Trump may have history on his side, because no previous impeachment inquiry has resulted in a conviction in the Senate.
Former US presidents Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson were acquitted in the Senate.
Former President Richard Nixon resigned before the House voted on impeachment.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, on September 24, initiated an impeachment inquiry against President Trump in the wake of revelations that Trump and top administration officials had allegedly put pressure on leaders of foreign countries, primarily Ukraine, aimed at advancing the president’s personal interests.
A whistleblower report, which has implicated Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani and US Attorney General William Barr, has alleged widespread abuse of power and cover-up by Trump and his administration.
The report also alleged that Trump and Giuliani pressured the Ukrainian Government to probe former US Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Joe Biden is among the leading Democratic candidates for the 2020 US Presidential Election.