WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed in USA Today making the case for his constitutional amendment to raise the threshold to approve articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives. The amendment would require a super-majority vote of three-fifths in the House to impeach a public official. The current threshold is a simple majority.
In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “Our Founding Fathers feared that impeachment would be used as a partisan tool by partisan actors.
…In the impeachment of President Donald Trump, their fears have been realized.
…Pelosi’s impeachment circus has shown that bad-faith partisans will use the impeachment process as a tool to hurt their political opponents, no matter the outcome of the Senate trial. It’s a dangerous precedent. House majorities have no reason to prove — or even attempt to prove — their case if their goal is to simply use impeachment as a political attack against the president.
…It’s wrong, and the process needs to change.
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.”
Read the full op-ed in USA Today HERE.