Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) is warning Alabamians to expect the Democrat-controlled United States House of Representatives in 2019 to vote to impeach President Donald Trump, adding that their efforts will eventually be unsuccessful as impeachment conviction would never reach the required two-thirds threshold in a Republican-controlled Senate.
Byrne, who is adamantly against any attempted impeachment of Trump, tweeted, “[G]et ready for crazy season from House Democrats. They will try everything under the sun, but their efforts WILL NOT be successful.”
This came after Byrne on Wednesday outlined what the culmination of this “crazy season” will look like.
“I fully expect that they’ll do that,” Byrne told WKRG of expected impeachment efforts. “Democrats will have all sorts of their own investigations. They’ll plow the same ground over and over again.”
“They’ll bring it up for a vote for impeachment. They’ll have the votes [in the House] to do that,” Byrne added.
The House could vote to impeach, which is similar to an indictment. The Senate then would conduct a trial, with a two-thirds vote required for conviction on an impeachment, which would result in removal from office. Most recently, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House, but not convicted by the Senate. Byrne predicted a similar end result for Trump.
“It has no chance of succeeding in the Senate,” Byrne explained. “It’s a total waste of time.”
No president in the history of the United States has been convicted on an impeachment. Like Clinton, President Andrew Johnson was impeached but not convicted. President Richard Nixon resigned from office while facing impeachment.
In an email to Yellowhammer News, a Byrne spokesman added that the congressman from south Alabama does not “think it will ultimately result in the President being removed from office. He does believe it is important for his constituents to prepare themselves for the ridiculous circus that is soon to come.”
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn