Could Trump be impeached by a Democratic House?

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The U.S. midterm elections saw the Democratic Party take back control of the House of Representatives. Could a presidential impeachment now follow?

According to CNN’s national exit polls, 40 percent of voters want President Trump impeached. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats supported the move, compared to only five percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents.

With Democrats now in control of the House, they can initiate impeachment proceedings with an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee, and then vote to impeach with a simple majority.

To get a conviction, they will need a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate. But with the Republicans remaining in control of the Senate with a 51-seat majority, this outcome is unlikely.

While impeachment is a possibility, democratic leaders have indicated it is not the priority. They are, however, expected to launch investigations into the Trump administration.

The Democratic House has plans to look into the president’s tax returns, which he has refused to disclose, and restart the investigation into possible collusion with Russia.

Trump said he would respond should the Democrats use their newly acquired investigative powers on him, adding that there may be retribution from the Republican Senate, reports Bloomberg.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Percentage of Democratic voters who want Trump impeached
2. Impeachment investigation initiated by House Judiciary Committee
3. Simple majority vote in House of Representatives needed to impeach
4. Two-thirds majority vote in Senate needed to convict
5. Republicans remain in control of Senate
6. Democrats launching investigations into Trump administration
7. Democrats could look into Trump’s tax returns, Russian collusion

VOICEOVER (in English):

“According to CNN’s national exit polls, 40 percent of voters want President Trump impeached. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats supported the move, compared to only five percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents.”

“With Democrats now in control of the House, they can initiate impeachment proceedings with an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee, and then vote to impeach with a simple majority.”

“To get a conviction, they will need a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate.”

“But with the Republicans remaining in control of the Senate with a 51-seat majority, this outcome is unlikely.”

“While impeachment is a possibility, democrat leaders have indicated it is not the priority. They are, however, expected to launch investigations into the Trump administration.”

“The Democratic House has plans to look into the president’s tax returns, which he has refused to disclose, and restart the investigation into possible collusion with Russia.”

SOURCES:
CNN, Washington Post, Bloomberg, CBS, Independent, USA Today
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/07/politics/investigations-house-democrats/index.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/07/politics/exit-polls-impeachment/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/midterm-elections-democrats-flip-house-as-gop-expands-senate-majority/2018/11/07/94d62430-e27d-11e8-8f5f-a55347f48762_story.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-07/trump-vows-war-like-posture-if-democrats-investigate-him?srnd=premium
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/will-democrats-impeach-trump-now-that-they-control-the-house/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/midterm-elections-2018-democrats-republicans-donald-trump-white-house-impeachment-a8620676.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/06/midterm-elections-2018-donald-trump-stakes-congress/1843578002/