MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – President Donald Trump could face eventual impeachment after a congressional committee voted Thursday to formally begin an impeachment investigation.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the move in a party line vote, including Memphis’ own Steve Cohen.
The chairman of that committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, outlined Thursday morning why he and fellow Democrats voted to expand the impeachment investigation into President Trump.
“The conduct under investigation poses a threat to our democracy,” Rep. Nadler said.
The 24-17 vote allows Rep. Nadler to set impeachment hearings and gives President Trump the right to respond in writing to evidence gathered by the committee.
After the meeting, Congressmen Cohen said: “Our investigation will display evidence to the public of Donald Trump’s misconduct and violations of law. My subcommittee will play an important role in the inquiry.”
Republican Rep. David Kustoff of Memphis, who isn’t on the committee, countered, “instead of focusing on serious issues that benefit all Americans, the Democrats are letting their obsession with impeachment consume them.”
The committee could investigate allegations of possible obstruction of justice or possible abuse of power by President Trump.
It’s unclear if the House Judiciary Committee will eventually send formal articles of impeachment for a full House vote or if that would happen before the 2020 Presidential election.
Even if the House eventually votes to impeach President Trump and gets a majority, it would still take a two-thirds vote in the U.S. Senate to remove the President from office. That’s highly unlikely considering Republicans hold a narrow majority in that chamber.