Local political science professor gives his take on impeachment resolution

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This story has been updated with a statement from Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19).

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Today, House Democrats filed an impeachment resolution charging President Donald Trump with inciting an insurrection. A vote is expected this week, likely on Wednesday.

Alongside that impeachment resolution, House Democrats attempted to pass, by unanimous consent, a measure calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Constitution’s 25th amendment.
That resolution failed as Representative Alex Mooney of West Virginia objected.

Dr. David Rausch, Teel Bivins professor of political science, from West Texas A&M University explains the 25th amendment and that prevision.

“The cabinet is able to determine if the President is fit to stay in office and if the Vice President and the cabinet working together determines the president is not fit, then essentially they say ‘he’s not fit and tell congress, we now have a vacancy in the presidency,” said Dr. Rausch.

House Speaker Pelosi said if there were to be an objection, the House would then debate and vote on the same resolution on Tuesday and she is asking Vice President Pence to respond within 24 hours, and then Democrats would proceed with the impeachment process.

Dr. Rausch said he believes the 25th amendment will not be used and that the impeachment will move forward.

“The House is going to pass it with a lot of applause and stuff from the Democratic side. I would be curious to see what Republicans voted for it, that would be kinda fun to watch,” added Dr. Rausch.

Dr. Rausch said that if President Trump is impeached after he leaves office they could add the qualification that he could not run for any other elected office.

“The Senate would then have to take that extra step and say, ‘and now, the President, or in this case, the former President is not allowed to serve in any additional offices,” said Dr. Rausch.

We reached out to Representatives Ronny Jackson’s office who said they would get back to us at a later time.

Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) had the following statement:

“Our nation’s leaders should rise to the occasion and unify our country, instead of calling for impeachment, which only serves to deepen our nation’s divides,” stated Arrington. “I do not see ‘high crimes or misdemeanors’ requisite of impeachment, which is not to excuse poor judgment exercised by the President surrounding the events of January 6th.

“In the wake of the violent protests at the Capitol, Republicans and Democrats should come together. We must universally and unanimously condemn political violence of all kinds and use this moment to commit to dialing back the political rhetoric. The electoral votes have been certified, President Trump has conceded, and now is the time to unify our country and move forward with a focus on the People’s business. To drum up another impeachment proceeding seems politically opportunistic and completely tone deaf to a nation that needs to heal.”

Dr. Rausch talked about the historic nature of this measure, as we have never had a president removed from office.

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