San Fran­cisco Unan­i­mously Passes Im­peach Trump Res­o­lu­tion

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On Novem­ber 1, the city coun­cil of San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, unan­i­mously ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion which calls on the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to di­rect its Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee "to in­ves­ti­gate whether suf­fi­cient grounds ex­ist for the im­peach­ment of Don­ald J. Trump."

San Fran­cisco joins a grow­ing num­ber of cities across the coun­try since Rich­mond, Cal­i­for­nia be­came the first US city on Fe­bru­ary 21 to pass a res­o­lu­tion call­ing for Trump's im­peach­ment.

It is not just dozens of cities call­ing for Trump's im­peach­ment, even Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Justin Amash (R-mich.) and Car­los Curbelo (R-fla.), called for im­peach­ment on the grounds that ob­struc­tion of jus­tice charges against Trump were proven true.

Since July, Democrats in the House Ju­di­ciary com­mit­tee have been de­mand­ing that hear­ings be­gin as soon as pos­si­ble but Repub­li­cans have been block­ing hear­ings.

Pub­lic support for im­peach­ment has been grow­ing steadily ac­cord­ing to polls but the last poll by Pub­lic Pol­icy Polling showed only 49% of vot­ers be­ing in fa­vor of im­peach­ment while 38% still ap­prove of Trump's per­for­mance. In com­par­i­son, only 25% of Amer­i­can vot­ers re­mained die-hard Nixon fans in his fi­nal days of of­fice. Amer­i­cans have got­ten dumber.

The U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion vests the power to im­peach in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, while charg­ing the Se­nate with the power to try im­peach­ments. The House votes whether to bring the charge, and the Se­nate tries the case. The House vote is by sim­ple ma­jor­ity, but the Se­nate re­quires a two-thirds ma­jor­ity to con­vict.

The grounds for im­peach­ment are: “Trea­son, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Mis­de­meanors.”

For an im­peach­ment to ac­tu­ally hap­pen a “res­o­lu­tion call­ing for a com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­ga­tion of charges against the of­fi­cer in ques­tion” must be re­ferred to the House Com­mit­tee on Rules, which then refers it to the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Since Repub­li­cans currently con­trol the House Com­mit­tee on Rules by a wide mar­gin, it is un­likely that Don­ald Trump could be im­peached un­less he thor­oughly be­trays the in­ter­ests of the Repub­li­can party.

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