Even before Donald Trump was sworn into office, his critics, including conservative ones, were predicting or simply demanding hurried impeachment. Since his inauguration, more opponents have joined the call for his ouster, with his immigration policies fanning the flames. Even betting agencies are cashing in, getting people to gamble on the idea that Trump will be impeached in his first term.

But is it actually possible to impeach Donald Trump? Yes, but it’s going to take some big steps, and they’re not likely to be taken any time soon (or at all)

In order to be impeached, a member of the House of Representatives would need to charge him with an offense and then several Republicans would have to vote to have him removed.

According to the House.gov, in order to commence an impeachment a representative has to present a resolution to the House either calling for impeachment or authorise an inquiry into one. A majority of the House (which is of course controlled by Republicans) then has to vote for it. Considering who their boss is right now, it’s unlikely they’d be annoyed enough to warrant it.

If the House did vote for an investigation, its Judiciary Committee then oversees an investigation. This lasted over two months when president Bill Clinton was impeached over the Monica Lewinsky affair in 1998.

It truly is unlikely we will see enough Republican defections against Trump to make impeachment a real opportunity any time soon. Given Trump’s popularity in many zones represented by the Republican assembly and the pure quantity of scandal he tolerated in his campaign his critics need to know it would take something really substantial to remove him from office. Whilst the mainstream media are acting like irritating the United Nations and annihilating the Geneva Convention agreements are enough to have Trump detached, it’s going to take a lot more to take him out.

So far only Presidents Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1996) were impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, but cleared by the Senate. Richard Nixon had articles of impeachment filed against him in 1974, but resigned before he could be thrown out of office.

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Cask J Thomson
Cask J. Thomson is the editor-in-chief of The Whole Story. Born in Scotland, he hates long walks along the beach.

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