GOP Accidentally Impeaches Trump Instead Of Rosenstein
Conservative members of US House of Representatives unintentionally impeached President Donald Trump on Monday.
While drafting articles of impeachment for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, aides for Congressman Jim Jordan (R- Texas) accidentally named Trump in the document.
A senior Republican congressional aide familiar with the matter told Politico, “It was late. We had a few pizzas and the White House sent over some of that leftover Trump Wine. It wasn’t bad, and I guess we had Trump’s name on our minds, and, well, we just forgot about Rosenstein. We screwed up.”
Jordan and Mark Meadows (R-NC) requested Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) initiate an emergency vote late Monday evening. Members of Congress were immediately called to the floor of the House chamber.
The measure was unanimously approved by a bipartisan vote of 428-1.
In a press conference an uncharacteristically chipper minority leader Adam Schiff (D-CA) told reporters he considered warning his Republican colleagues about the discrepency.
“The Republicans didn’t even read the document. They had no idea they were impeaching the president,” Schiff said. “I thought about telling them before the vote, but I said to myself ‘no, they can’t be that dumb.’ I was wrong.”
Immediately after the vote, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) stood up and praised lawmakers "on the other side of the aisle."
“I am so happy that my friends on the other side of aisle have finally chosen to put country ahead of party. Enough is enough and today, my Republican colleagues showed courage and conviction that I thought they had lost. Thank you,” said Cummings
A visibly agitated Jordan blamed the error on the Deep State.
Jordan told reporters, “Deep State liberal extremists have been trying to take me down for weeks! They did this! And they think they got me? They didn’t get me. No sir! Not today.”
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said the House might hold a vote on Tuesday to try to retract impeachment efforts. If not Scalise said, “the Senate may be forced to initiate hearings of impeachment.”