Soon after the fanfare of seating the new Congress died down — now that the Democrats control the House — the inevitable talk of impeachment began. The most visceral such call to impeach the president came from freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a practicing Muslim who made a profanity-laced vow to remove him from office. In a video she made after being sworn in she said, “Now we can impeach the Motherf****er.” She subsequently defended her remarks, saying she will “always speak truth to power.”
Without directly referring to Tlaib or her video, Trump fired back, tweeting:
“How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?”
“They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win.”
While Democrats have shown a propensity to toss around the “I- word” it is not so easy to remove a sitting president. To do so requires a conviction by the Senate on “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The impeachment process would require the consent of both the House and two-thirds of the Senate, which still has a Republican majority.
Nancy Pelosi, who has been sworn in as the House Speaker for a historic second time has been cautious about whether her new Democratic majority would ever impeach Trump, but at least two of her members are ready to move forward. California Rep. Brad Sherman and Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against Trump on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress. Sherman and Green pushed to impeach Trump in 2017 and 2018, but the House blocked those resolutions twice, with the help of Democrats who said the effort was premature.
Pelosi hasn’t ruled out impeachment but has called it a “divisive activity” that needs support from both parties.
For his part, President Trump has said that Democrats “only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020, too much success!”