By Harvey Tobkes

The vote last night in favor of impeachment by the House of Representatives does not remove Trump from office or make any change in his powers, it does kick it up to the Senate. A majority vote by the Senate on the issue of impeachment either removes the president from office or allows him to continue.

The most important thing to keep in mind is after a Senate trial the senators decide to agree or disagree on the facts as presented by the House of Representatives; it then takes a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate, which is 67 out of the 100 senators. Before the vote is taken, each senator must take the following oath. However, taking an oath and acting sincerely thereon, are not the same thing, as the word “impartial” is subjective.

Rule XXV of the Senate Rules in Impeachment Trials provides the text: “I solemnly swear (or affirm) that in all things appertaining to the trial of ____, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help me God.”

Long story short, to get to a 2/3 majority needed to remove Trump from office, the democrats need all yes votes from their members and they also need 20 republican senators to crossover and vote “yes impeach” to reach the 67 votes needed for impeachment and to effect removal of the president; for that to happen it would take a miracle.

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