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Even With Justin Amash's Comments, GOP Senate Isn't Willing to Remove Trump
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=47664"><span class="small">Elham Khatami, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Sunday, 19 May 2019 13:16

Khatami writes: "House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday that even though Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash recently called for President Donald Trump's impeachment, it is unlikely that an impeachment trial will be successful in the Senate."

Adam Schiff. (photo: David Butow/Redux)
Adam Schiff. (photo: David Butow/Redux)

Even With Justin Amash's Comments, GOP Senate Isn't Willing to Remove Trump

By Elham Khatami, ThinkProgress

19 May 19

“We see no signs of that yet.”

ouse Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday that even though Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash recently called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, it is unlikely that an impeachment trial will be successful in the Senate.

Speaking to CBS’s Face the Nation, Schiff said, “We see no signs of that yet.”

“I respect what Justin Amash is doing and has said,” Schiff added. “But what may be pushing us in the direction of impeachment in any event has less to do with Justin Amash and more to do with the fact that the administration is engaging in a maximum obstructionism campaign against Congress.”

Amash, a self-described libertarian who has long been one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, became the first GOP lawmaker to call for the president’s impeachment Saturday. Amash took to Twitter to say that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report “reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.” He also said that few members of Congress have read the full report.

“While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct,” Amash tweeted.

In his report released earlier this month, Mueller detailed 10 separate incidents in which the president acted to impede the investigation into him or his ties to Russia. While some senate Republicans, including Mitt Romney (UT) and Susan Collins (ME), have expressed disapproval over the Mueller report’s findings, they have stopped short of condemning the acts as obstruction of justice or as a cause for removal.

“I think those who are considering impeachment also have to look at the jury, which would be the Senate,” Romney told CNN on Sunday. “The Senate is certainly not there either.”

While Schiff said he didn’t think impeachment would be successful, he conceded that impeachment proceedings could provide an “additional tool” for Democrats to obtain the information and evidence that the Trump administration has not provided to Congress.

“I think that we are seeing more members that recognize that the administration is acting in a lawless fashion, essentially having obstructed justice is now obstructing Congress and our lawful function,” he said. “And if we conclude that there is no other way to do our jobs, no other way to do the oversight, no other way to show the American people what this president has done, his unethical and illegal acts, as outlined in the Mueller report, then we may get there.”

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+8 # pernsey 2019-05-19 17:43
What are they waiting for? What more does Trump have to do to get impeached? He is a walking constitutional crisis...I no longer care about the parties I care about the state of our country. Pretty soon he will change the rules...wake up Senate, Judiciary, and Congress before this mad man changes our country into a regime.
+7 # SusanT136 2019-05-20 05:49
With so much evidence already on the table from Mueller's investigation, it would be a serious dereliction of their constitutional duties for Congress not to investigate.

It’s putting the horse before the cart to say impeachment would not pass in the Senate right now. It was only through hearings and investigations into Watergate and Nixon that turned the tide of public opinion towards impeaching Nixon. IF the public is kept informed of what is revealed through hearings, which we hope our corporate media will find sensational enough to cover, I have no doubt a majority of the public will turn against Trump. The Senate Republicans will not hesitate to throw him under the bus if they think their survival is at risk. But they better get going NOW, because Trump’s strategy is going to be to delay and drag everything out until after the 2020 election.
+2 # Citizen Mike 2019-05-20 08:29
You are right, this is just the beginning of a process that will make it impossible for the Republicans to continue to support Trump. It may not result in impeachment but the congressional inquiry will make new details available to the public. Trump is a complete fool to try to drag this out because that will hold the issue of his unfitness for office in front of the press and public right up to the election of 2020.
+1 # chapdrum 2019-05-20 15:33
It's not a Party; it's a Plague.
0 # lfeuille 2019-05-20 23:27
Start the damn impeachment hearings and they will start flipping. You have the build support for it by keeping his misdeeds front and center in the media.