Impeachment moves forward: Tensions rise as proceedings begin

Impeachment moves forward: Tensions rise as proceedings begin

As members entered the House chamber this morning to debate a second impeachment resolution against the president, they had to pass through a metal detector at the chamber door where only members enter — an apparent unprecedented punishment against Republicans, who were not consulted. Reporters overheard one angry Republican shout at the House majority leader, “Steny, this is horse—-!”

A perfect illustration of how dangerously divided Congress is.

Yet, a handful of Republicans are supporting impeachment, including Liz Cheney of Wyoming, John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.

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A frustrated Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, whose wife, Elaine Chao, has resigned as transportation secretary, reportedly may also support impeachment — a potential green light for other Senate Republicans to vote yes, should a trial be held.

Scholars are citing different passages in the Constitution to support whether or not a former president can be impeached.

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