Riots In And Out Of Congress
A handful of rioters gathered outside of the White House after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday. Their signs read things like, “We demand the truth” and “This is not okay…”
One Democratic congressman said that the president’s decision to fire FBI Chief Comey reminded him of a “doomsday clock,” which is a symbol that warns the possibility of an approaching nuclear war.
“We should maybe have an impeachment clock,” said Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis. “If we did, I think yesterday moved us about an hour closer.” The Democrats believe they can use this threats as a tool because they see Trump as unlawful.
(There’s even a “Trump Impeachment” website…)
Impeachment Not Really Even Possible At This Point
McClatchy’s Alex Roarty reports:
“Impeachment has happened twice in American history. It requires a majority of votes in the House, after which it would be sent to the Senate. There, two-thirds of senators must vote to remove the president to force him from office. With Republicans in control of the House and the Senate, impeachment is unlikely even if Democrats do support it.”
“But the party’s decision to pursue it would nonetheless be significant, especially as voters decide during next year’s midterm elections whether to give control of Congress back to Democrats.”
Trump Continues To Work, Democrats Continue To Argue
The Hill reports:
“Before Trump fired him, Comey had been investigating potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia, which is suspected of working to influence the outcome of the presidential election. The lawmakers also acknowledged Democrats would likely need to take back the House in 2018 before any impeachment could proceed.”
The odds of the Democrats taking back the house are slim, so they are free to demand and argue while President Trump continues to work for the country. They believe this threat of impeachment will make Trump walk their line.