Even if the House of Representatives, led by Democrats, impeaches the president, senators will most likely not allow Donald Trump to be removed from power
Donald Trump may become just the third president in the history of the country to whom the House of Representatives will impeach – if the initiators of this process manage to win over most legislators in the lower house of Congress. Voting will take place next week.
In the event that most lawmakers agree that Trump needs to be removed from power due to alleged abuse, the process will be transferred to the Republican-controlled Senate. The political landscape in the upper house of Congress is much more favorable for the president compared to the House of Representatives.
Republicans occupy 53 of the 100 Senate seats. Democrats have 45 seats, and they can also count on the votes of two independent senators who usually vote on key issues in favor of the Democratic Party – these are Angus King from Maine and Bernie Sanders from Vermont.
To finally resolve the issue of removing the president from power in the Senate, a semblance of a trial will take place in which senators will play the role of jury members. Impeachment must be approved by two-thirds of the total number of votes – 67 out of 100 senators must support the decision, the US Constitution states.
Democrats will need to somehow convince at least 20 Republican senators to support the allegations against the president. Given that, according to opinion polls, Republican voters still stand behind the president, experts say Trump’s removal from power is an “extremely unlikely” event.
“I have no idea how they can convince 20 Republican senators to vote for the removal of Donald Trump from power,” said Larry Sabato, an analyst at the University of Virginia. “They can vote for the removal and then announce their resignation, because after this vote they will not be able to stay in their seats for a long time. ”
Although all Republicans in the House of Representatives support Trump, several senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, sometimes criticize the president’s actions. Associated Press agency chief Washington Julie Pace says Senate hearings will need to closely monitor the actions of these two senators:
“This does not mean that they will vote for his condemnation, but it does mean that we can see a scenario in which at least several members of the Trump party express real concern about his interaction with Ukraine,” says Pace.