by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A former pollster for former President Bill Clinton is warning House Democrats about trying to impeach President Donald Trump if they win the House in November, arguing that it likely won’t pass the Senate and could cause serious gridlock within the government.
“Yet, if the Democrats do win back the House and pursue impeachment against the president, there is little on the record to suggest House Democrats have enough evidence to get a conviction in the Senate,” Douglas Schoen, a former pollster for Clinton, wrote in an op-ed in The Hill Sunday.
“We could thus see a divided government much like we encountered in 1998. Such an outcome does not serve the American people’s interests and only serves to further embroil Washington in divisive gridlock. It also, ironically maybe, would bode well for President Trump’s reelection bid in 2020,” Schoen wrote.
Many House Democrats have promised to impeach Trump if they win the House in 2018 and some have already tried in 2017.
A group of six Democratic House members introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump November 2017, arguing the president violated federal law, the public trust and should be charged with high crimes and misdemeanors.