Democrats threaten impeachment if Pence doesn’t act

Democrats threaten impeachment if Pence doesn't act

They admitted that the Senate conviction, which would require a two-thirds majority, including 17 Republican deserters, still had a long way to go. But some Democrats and Republicans have privately felt that impeachment has other benefits. If the Senate were to vote to convict, then it could bar Mr. Trump from re-assuming federal office, thus eliminating any prospect of his 2024 candidacy, a possibility some Republicans privately dread.

Among those pushing leaders towards the idea were some of the House’s more outspoken progressives, including Representatives Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and key moderates whose supporters to impeachment last year was crucial.

“As a country, we need to demonstrate that this kind of behavior is beyond the pale,” said Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, a former national security official who represents a Red District, in a statement. “I would prefer…

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