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if we don't hold impeachment proceedings to date impeachment is premature at this moment Democrats in Congress are divided over a momentous question whether investigations into Donald Trump could or should prompt impeachment proceedings against the president the most powerful Democrat in Washington house speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday shot down notions of impeachment saying that effort would be divisive and unproductive that's why I say the twenty is not a democratic representative Maxine waters has long pushed to the party to move toward impeachment and on Monday laid out how it could begin , and you have some Republicans who can't take it anymore and some of us who have the courage to do it but with the countdown already under way toward the twenty twenty presidential election the clock may ultimately determine whether impeachment is even plausible regardless of whether or not the president may be guilty of what the U. S. constitution terms the high crimes and misdemeanors which merit impeachment some democratic and Republican lawmakers told Reuters there's an emerging sentiment that the approaching election means voters not lawmakers should decide if trump stays or goes they like to use the impeach waited peach crop Maxine waters we will it be chip Hey resolution impeaching William Jefferson Clinton president of the United States for high crimes and misdemeanors Republicans in the US house of representatives voted to impeach democratic president Bill Clinton in nineteen ninety eight the Senate acquitted Clinton and he remained in office that impeachment process took nearly five months the same could happen here if the democratically controlled house votes to impeach trump the matter then moved to the Republican controlled Senate which decides whether to remove the president from office and at this point it seems unlikely to do so but I say how do you pay somebody the store great job one wild card special counsel Robert Muller is expected to deliver his report on alleged Russian interference in the twenty sixteen election to Attorney General William Barr depending on what that report says about trump his campaign and whether he conspired with a foreign power to win the presidency or tried to obstruct the investigation Democrats may find popular and even some Republicans support to remove the executive from office the White House has long maintained that the president has done nothing wrong