Caribbean American congresswoman says House has votes to impeach Trump

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump

Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says the US House of Representatives has enough votes to impeach President Donald Trump.

“In all likelihood, we have the votes,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation on Saturday, stating that 236 members of the House of Representatives have “indicated that they support the inquiry.”

“It’s a matter of building the case.”

— Clarke

A simple majority vote by the full House of Representatives, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 235-198 (in addition to one independent and one vacant seat), would be required to impeach Trump, according to the US Constitution.

At present, six US House of Representatives’ committees are probing Trump’s alleged misconduct that could result in impeachment. 

Clarke, representative for the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, said that while Democrats are confident of the votes to impeach Trump, they are going through the formality. 

Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke

“The committees have subpoenaed witnesses,” she said. “Then, it’ll (process) eventually move to the floor (for the vote on impeachment).

“It’s a matter of building the case,” Clarke added. “We are making sure that the American people are fully informed (about Trump’s alleged wrongdoings).”

If the House votes to impeach the president, the articles of impeachment go to the Senate for trial, at which the chief justice of the US Supreme Court presides, the US Constitution states.

It says that two-thirds of the members of Senate are required to convict the president. If he’s convicted, he’s removed from office.