Rick Scott Proposes Amendment Making it Tougher to Impeach President, Other Federal Officials

With impeachment now in the rear view mirror, a Republican from the Sunshine State wants to make the process of removing a president and other federal officials much tougher.

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced he was introducing a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would change the number of votes needed in the U.S. House to impeach a public official. Scott’s proposal would move that number from one-half of House members to three-fifths.

Weighing in on his proposal on Thursday, Scott said the recent impeachment of President Donald Trump, who was acquitted by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, led to his proposed amendment.

“The partisan charade Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats made of this impeachment process over the last few months shows that the fears of our Founding Fathers were realized,” Scott said. “They warned that impeachment could be used as a partisan tool by partisan actors. The Democrats used the impeachment process as a tool to hurt President Trump, regardless of the outcome of the Senate trial. It’s a dangerous precedent and the process has to change.

“Our country should never again have to suffer from this partisan hackery,” Scott added. “An act as divisive as impeachment must have bipartisan backing and overwhelming support. It should be harder – much harder – for either political party to take the process our Founders created as a last resort against a tyrannical leader and use it instead as a tool for the tyranny of a political majority. I look forward to all of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, joining me in this effort to protect the integrity of our nation and our Constitution.”


Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.


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  1. WRONG AGAIN RICKY. The system left by the framers and ratifiers is quite sufficient. What is lacking is character and scholarship on the part of the deviants, whores,liars and thieves who compose the United States Congress. You of course with your checkered past and dislike of being held accountable for anything would certainly like to make it more difficult for your crimes to be addressed. This is what despots do- they make laws protecting themselves from justice being meted out to them when deserved.

  2. Well, Senator, you got some of the words right. This partisan charade of you and the republican member in the Senate obstructing the effort to protect the integrity of our nation and our Constitution will be forever a scar on our democratic process of law and order. No witnesses, no pertinent documents. Really?
    But I do agree with you that our country should never again have to suffer from this partisan hackery of our democracy. Our founders created the act of impeachment to protect our nation against a tyrannical leader. And the founders demanded that you take an oath to represent those who elected you to uphold the process our Founders created.
    Does it mean anything to you that the majority of our citizens wanted witnesses and you voted against them? That is not governing Senator and you will forever be part of the cover-up.

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