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Impeachment Fears Haunt GOP Lawmakers, Strategists

Impeachment Fears Haunt GOP Lawmakers, Strategists
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By    |   Monday, 16 October 2017 10:09 AM

Political panic is rippling through top Republican circles, as lawmakers and strategists fear President Donald Trump is unaware of the danger of impeachment if Democrats regain control of the House next year, CNN reported Monday.

Republicans inside and out the White House worry about whether Trump "fully grasps that his feuds with members of his own party and shortage of legislative achievements could soon put the fate of his presidency at risk," CNN noted.

"When Democrats take control of the House they will absolutely move for articles of impeachment," one Trump confidant told the cable network.

Some Democrats have been demanding an impeachment vote since Trump took office in January.

Democrats would have to win at least 24 seats to gain a majority in the House, where they currently hold 194 seats to the Republicans' 240. There is one vacancy. The House has flipped by at least that majority three times since 1994, when Republicans gained control. Democrats regained chamber in 2006, only to lose it again 2010.

However, the chance of such a reversal of fortunes is remote in 2018, according to FiveThirty Eight, the political and analytical website.

"Even if Democrats were to win every single 2018 House and Senate race for seats representing places that Hillary Clinton won or that Trump won by less than 3 percentage points — a pretty good midterm by historical standards — they could still fall short of the House majority and lose five Senate seats," FiveThirtyEight reported in August. 

Only two presidents have been impeached: Democrats Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1994. In both cases, the Senate refused to convict the presidents and remove them from office. Republican Richard Nixon resigned as president in 1974 to avoid an impeachment vote.

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