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Rick Scott Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Raise Threshold for Impeachment

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) called for an amendment to the Constitution to raise the House voting threshold to approve articles of impeachment, a day after President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate.

Scott made the announcement on Feb. 6 with the aim of making it more difficult for presidents to be impeached, saying that the United States “should never again have to suffer from this partisan hackery.”

His Constitutional amendment would require a super-majority vote of three-fifths in the House of Representatives in order to approve articles of impeachment, instead of the current threshold of a simple majority.

After the partisan charade by @SpeakerPelosi & House Dems, Im introducing a constitutional amendment that raises the threshold to approve articles of impeachment in the House to 3/5 Super Majority vote.

Our country should never again suffer from a partisan impeachment process. pic.twitter.com/B44WZcB8Pl

— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 6, 2020

“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,” Scott said in a statement.

“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.”

Trump was acquitted by the Senate on both articles of impeachment on Wednesday, ending the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

The senators voted nearly along party lines to acquit the president of the two charges against him: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The senators voted 52-48 on the first article of impeachment and 53-47 on the second article.

None of the Democrats voted to acquit the president on either article. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) broke with his party to vote to convict Trump of abuse of powRead More – Source