After months of sham hearings, partisan witnesses, and still no evidence President Donald Trump did anything wrong on his July phone call with the Ukrainian president, House Democrats are about to officially vote on impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced late Thursday night that the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will officially vote on articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday (Dec. 18).
After dropping two of the original charges they levied against the president, House Democrats have finally decided they will vote to charge Trump with obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
The impeachment vote will be extremely partisan considering no House Republicans are expected to vote to impeach the president.
In other words, expect almost all of the Democrats to vote in favor of impeachment and every single Republican voting against it.
A Democratic leadership aide tells NBC that next week's House floor vote schedule is shaping up to look like this:
Tuesday, 12/17: Government funding vote
Wednesday, 12/18: Impeachment vote
Thursday, 12/19: USCMA vote
*Schedule subject to change.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) December 12, 2019
Despite being the first time in American history where there is no bipartisan support for an impeachment vote, Pelosi doesn’t seem to care — but the Senate already has a plan to end this entire circus.
Assuming the House votes to impeach Trump, the impeachment trial will then move to the Republican-controlled Senate.
The trial will likely begin in January 2020, and according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — it won’t take long at all.
Rather than drag the trial out for months and haul in countless witnesses, McConnell plans to call a vote to acquit the president after proceedings have run their course instead of seeking to immediately dismiss the charges.
Why acquittal over dismissal?
Acquittal, rather than a procedural vote to dismiss the articles of impeachment, would definitively clear the president of the charges raised against him by Democrats and expected to be approved by the House of Representatives.
It would make more sense to vote on the articles of impeachment than it would to simply dismiss them — that way Trump can be completely cleared.
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) December 12, 2019
McConnell on Fox: "I'm going to coordinate with the president's lawyers, so there won't be any difference…The president's counsel may or may not decide they want witnesses…We all know how it's going to end. There is no chance the president is going to be removed from office."
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 13, 2019
Dismissal requires a simple 51-vote majority, and such a vote could end in a tie.
According to the U.S. Constitution, it would take 67 votes in the Senate to convict Trump and remove him from office — which will never happen.
McConnell can’t count on the vote of Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie because the VP can’t vote in an impeachment proceeding because he’d be replacing Trump if he was removed from office.
So, the trial will last a few weeks, and then the Senate will easily vote to acquit Trump given Republicans control a 53-47 majority in the upper chamber.
And some red-state Democrats like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia could vote with Republicans against impeaching Trump.
McConnell has also made it clear how this is going to play out in the Senate.
“We all know how it’s going to end. There is no chance the president is going to be removed from office,” McConnell said on Thursday night.
Democrats have no case.
They have accused Trump of just about everything imaginable, and after months of wasting taxpayer dollars to hold impeachment hearings, they still can’t prove the president did anything wrong.
And this impeachment witch hunt is going to end sometime early next year.