Friday, February 07, 2020
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said on Thursday that he's proposing a constitutional amendment that would raise the threshold for passing articles of impeachment in the House. Scott, in a statement, argued that Democrats used the months-long impeachment process "as a tool to hurt President Trump" even though the result of the Senate trial was pre-baked, and as a result "the process has to change."
The Founders did not want partisan impeachments, which is why they required a two-thirds Senate vote for a conviction. Yet they made it exceedingly easy for the House to send an impeachment case to the Senate on an entirely partisan basis. The fact that it's happened twice in the past 21 years " after not happening at all for the previous 130 " suggests we've reached a hyperpartisan time in which it's far too easy, and partisan politicians are far too tempted, to do it.
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