While the prospect of impeachment has caught a lot of media attention, Fox News Senior Capitol Hill Producer Chad Pergram said the sheer number of supportive politicians made it very unlikely.
“The breakdown right now is 432 members [in the House of Representatives] … there are 44, count them, members, 44 members — one of them is a Republican — [Rep.] Justin Amash from Michigan — who are for impeachment,” Pergram told Fox News host Bill Hemmer in his “Hemmer Time” podcast published on Thursday.
Pergram recalled how when former President Richard Nixon faced impeachment in 1974, the House tally was 410-4 to give the Judiciary Committee broad authority to investigate him.
He noted, however, that things could change as they did in 1972 and 1973 after Nixon fired his special prosecutor in the Satruday Night Massacre, along with the Watergate tapes and battles over congressional subpoenas.
Pergram’s comments came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pushed back on her members’ request to impeach. While appearing on late night host Jimmy Kimmel’s showon Thursday, Pelosi argued that impeachment creates a situation where Trump might not face prosecution after he leaves office because the Republican-led Senate’s acquittal would somehow prevent that.
“He knows it’s not a good idea to be impeached, but the silver lining for him is then he believes he would be exonerated by the United States Senate, and there’s a school of thought that says if the Senate acquits you, why bring charges against him in the private sector when he’s no longer president?” she told Kimmel.