The Democrats are still insisting that a sitting President be impeached for what still remains unspecified abuses of power.
Democrats now say they have the votes to impeach President Donald Trump and have set the official poll for Wednesday, even though some moderate and red state Democrats have warned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other leaders that Trump is still popular and their seats could be in jeopardy.
The Wall Street Journal reports Tuesday that House Democrats who had been on the fence about impeachment are now whipped into place and Democrats have enough votes to pass impeachment, albeit on a strict party-line vote with no Republican defections aside from Rep. Justin Amash, who now identifies as an independent.
“By Monday afternoon, at least 17 from the 31 Democratic-held districts that Mr. Trump won in the 2016 presidential race had announced they would support the abuse-of-power and obstruction of Congress charges, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, with two saying they are opposed,” according to the WSJ. “With the new announcements of support, and assuming no unexpected defections, Democrats have enough votes to impeach the president.”
Some members of the House, including Republicans, questioned the timing for Wednesday’s vote, suggesting that a longer period between releasing the articles of impeachment and voting on the articles would give Democrats the opportunity to make a bipartisan case for impeachment to the House GOP and would set the Senate up for a more convenient trial, perhaps after several Senators, competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, sail through the Super Tuesday primaries.