Local Professors Explain Historic Significance of Second Trump Impeachment
Wednesday’s impeachment vote in the house was historic for several reasons.
The U.S. House moved forward on a historic impeachment vote Wednesday afternoon, historic because no U.S. president has ever been impeached twice.
“It is unusual, it was meant to be unusual and certainly if the second impeachment is adopted or passes the house, which I think it’s pretty clear that it will, that would be unprecedented,” said Dr. David Jesuit, Professor of Political Science at Central Michigan University.
And while some Republican house members announced they will vote to impeach President Trump, this isn’t the first time members of a president’s party have voted for impeachment.
“The real historic nature with this is the distinction between the effort in 2019, is how much has changed and what you see, what I’ve been interested in is the people who, at least the Republicans, there are five at the moment who have signaled they will support impeaching the president and how varied some of them are,” said Dr. Scott LaDeur, Political Science Professor at NCMC.
The next step is a trial in the Senate, but the time frame is tight, with the Senate unlikely to take up the articles of impeachment before January 19th.
“If they’re able to meet and determine guilt or innocence on the 19th, it’s conceivable that we would, this would affect Donald Trump’s presidency and he could be removed from office before his term expires, now I think that’s pretty unlikely,” said Jesuit.
“There’s no modern precedent for this, but a number of Democrats argue that a trial could take place after President Trump had left office because one of the punishments that the senate can impose on a guilty conviction, is to forbid President Trump from running for any other federal office in the future,” said LaDeur.