WENY Political analyst speaks on impeachment vote
Elmira, NY (WENY) -- In a historic vote, the U.S House of Representatives voted to impeach president Donald Trump. Voting along party lines, the democrats approved two articles.
WENY News sat down with political analysis Doctor Jim Twombly of Elmira College. He said that there weren't many surprises with the way the votes fell. Though recorded as being impeached, Dr. Twombly says it's unlikely the president is convicted or removed from office.\
Wednesday, will go down in history as just the 4th impeachment vote. President Trump will join a fraternity that includes, Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon (Nixon resigned before being impeached) and Bill Clinton. Dr. Twombly said there's still a long way to go before opening remarks are heard. The senate still has to have the articles transmitted from house speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“They know what they are. They could get them out of the New York times for example but it's not official until someone walks it over from the house to the United States Senate.” said Dr. Twombly.
Once in the hands of the senate, they then set out to establish trial rules. There is already a set of simple rules, but If the senate doesn't adopt additional rules or amend some other rules the trial will be similar to the one former President Bill Clinton faced.
“They decide whether or not their going to be witnesses, and who the witnesses are and how long they would get to be examined by the house managers.” said Dr. Twombly.
The impeachment trial would be similar to a criminal trial with some slight differences. The trial is overseen by the U.S. Supreme Court Chief justice John Roberts. Dr. Twombly says senators would lay down and vote on rules, then become jurors.
“The chief justice of the united states is the one who presides but his job is to implement the rules that the senate establishes for itself.” said Dr. Twombly.
Only a 2/3rds majority or 67 senators can remove a president from office. Even with republicans controlling the senate in 1998 and 1999, getting a 2/3rds votes was something that wasn't the case in the 90's.
“There wasn't 2/3rds of the senate willing to remove Clinton from office.” said Dr. Twombly.
Dr. Twombly expects more closed door sessions to be held in the coming weeks following Christmas and the New Year, and house manager, or prosecutor, will also be appointments. If everything surrounding the impeachment continues it's expected a potential trial will be in January.
This president tweeted "I want an immediate trial!".