Monday numbers: The impeachment of Donald Trump – Where things stand and what people think

Monday numbers: The impeachment of Donald Trump – Where things stand and what people think

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At the start of what many think will be one of the most momentous years in American history, the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are locked in an impasse over the nature of the trial that the Senate will conduct of President Donald Trump in response to the House’s historic December 18 impeachment vote. Meanwhile, as this massively important constitutional dispute simmers, Trump has launched a highly provocative and controversial military strike on Iran – an action that Iran has vowed to avenge and that could lead to a dangerous spiral toward war in the Middle East.

19 – number of days since the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump

2 –number of impeachment articles approved: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

230-197 – vote on abuse of power article

229-198 – vote on obstruction of Congress article

3 – number of times in U.S. history that the House has voted to impeach the President: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998 and Trump in 2019 (Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 prior to the full House impeachment vote)

0 – number of times the Senate has voted to convict an impeached president

67 – number of senators who must vote to convict (presuming all 100 members are present) in order for the president to be removed from office

53-45-2 – current partisan breakdown of the Senate (53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents – both of whom caucus with the Democrats)

3 – length in weeks of the ongoing impasse between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over how a Senate trial will proceed and, in particular, whether new witnesses will be heard – an impasse that has led Pelosi to withhold formal conveyance of the articles of impeachment to the Senate

4 – number of possible outcomes in this dispute: 1) Pelosi prevails and new witnesses are heard; 2) McConnell prevails and no new witnesses are heard; 3) the two leaders reach a compromise; 4) no Senate trial is held at all (“4 ways the McConnell-Pelosi impasse over a Senate trial could end,” Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2020)

51 – number of votes necessary in the Senate to call witnesses and/or seek documents that could shed additional light on the impeachment articles

57 – percentage of Americans who believe Trump has committed impeachable offenses (Source: 538.com/Ipsos poll)

52 – percentage who believe Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine or his refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry constitute enough evidence to remove him from office (Ibid.)

57 – percentage of Americans think it would be better if the Senate trial included new witnesses who could potentially shed light on Trump’s conduct (Ibid.)

39 – percent said it would be better to keep the focus solely on the evidence introduced in the House hearings and included in the articles of impeachment, without calling new witnesses (Ibid.)

3 – number of days since the United States committed what many experts believe to be an act of war by  bombing a small convoy near Baghdad International Airport and killing Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force

1 – number of days since U.S, senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren stated that it was fair to wonder if the attack represented an attempt by Trump to turn attention away from the ongoing impeachment debate (“Warren questions Iran attack timing with impeachment trial looming,” NBC News)

1 – number of days since Iran announced that it will no longer abide by the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, lifting restrictions on centrifuges, uranium enrichment and more (President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal in 2018) (“Iran abandons limits on nuclear program over U.S. strike against top general,” CBS News)

302 – number of days until the 2020 U.S. election