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As I understand it, a simple majority in the House can impeach a President for "high crimes and misdemeanours" which are pretty much what the House says they are.  It shouldn't be too hard to find some Trumped up charges and I'm not sure your suggestion that it has to be something she does after the election is actually written into the Constitution.  If it is merely a convention, I'm sure the GOP will break it and impeach her for the Email and Benghazi!

However, as you say, the trial is then conducted before the Senate, and as I understand it, a conviction requires a two thirds majority.  So either the GOP wins the mid-terms in a landslide, or they will need some democrats to vote for conviction.  So what I expect is just more gridlock - at every level.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 7th, 2016 at 10:58:24 PM EST
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It takes a majority of those present and voting in the House to send a House Resolution of Impeachment to the Senate and then a whole bunch of nonsense ensues.  Eventually the Senate convenes in private and votes.  Conviction requires 66 Yea votes and in the case of Hillary Clinton will happen when hell freezes.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Nov 7th, 2016 at 11:36:08 PM EST
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