Why Trump won’t be impeached
President Donald Trump won the 2020 election on the back of a populist movement fueled by anti-establishment sentiment, but that hasn’t translated into a clear path to impeachment.
Instead, he has chosen to take a less than direct path to a second term.
In a surprise move, Trump issued an executive order Thursday that allows the president to circumvent a Senate-passed law to remove himself from office.
In a letter to the Senate’s majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Trump said the order gives him “the authority to suspend, cancel, or revoke federal contracts and payments” and appoint a special prosecutor.
Trump’s decision came days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he intends to move forward with a bill that would allow him to “impeach” Trump.
The Senate bill, known as the Impeachment Act of 2019, passed on Thursday with an overwhelming vote of 51-48.
That would make it the first impeachment measure to be passed in history.
The president is still technically in office but will have no power to remove him, which would only be done by a simple majority vote.
“President Trump has been clear that his actions do not constitute impeachable offenses.
However, this is not an automatic result,” the White House said in a statement Thursday.
The House passed its own version of the impeachment bill on Tuesday and passed it on Thursday in a 227-213 vote.
Trump signed the bill into law Thursday morning.
It is unclear whether the Senate will allow the president the option of removing himself.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat, said the Senate is in a “wait and see” mode, but the measure does not appear to be dead.
“If the president doesn’t get his way and we can’t get it done, we’re going to move on,” Durbi said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The Senate vote came after Trump was asked about the impeachment measures Thursday morning during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report.”
“I am not going to get into the specifics of impeachment proceedings,” Trump said.
“I’m just saying, I mean, we’ve got to go through the process, we have to go out and do it.
We have to put our cases together.””
We’ve got a lot of cases out there, and we’ve heard a lot about them,” Trump added.
“But I’m not going into the details of that.”
He also repeated his assertion that the Senate would vote on his impeachment if the bill passes, saying, “I’ll be waiting for it to be approved.”
“This is a very important thing.
This is a law.
And it’s been passed by the Senate, so we’re not going anywhere,” Trump continued.
The president has also indicated he might move to fire his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, as well as his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, if the Senate doesn’t pass the impeachment measure.
Trump also has been working to distance himself from Sessions, who was fired last month amid revelations that he had discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
Trump said he had no idea Sessions had discussed the matter with the Russian ambassador.
Sessions’ dismissal triggered a wave of resignations across the federal government, with several Democrats and several Republicans stepping aside over his handling of the investigation.
The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday voted to remove Sessions from office, and the White Hill on Thursday announced that it will allow him and the special counsel to lead a separate investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.