Justice Dept Officials Could be Impeached and Removed, 2119

In an interview this morning with Maria Bartiromo on Fox, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes threatened that should the Justice Department continue to stonewall the production of some 1.2 million subpoenaed documents, the House of Representatives can impeach any of those involved by a simple majority vote. According to “Jefferson’s Manual”, which is a core part of the Rules of the House, a proposition to impeach is a question of high privilege in the House and at once supersedes all other business for consideration before the House. Upon impeachment by the House, the question then moves on to the Senate for a formal trial, with – most likely – the Vice President, Mike Pense, would preside. To be convicted in the Senate requires a 2/3rds majority vote. Conviction removes the defendant from office by force. The Senate may further punish the convicted by barring him or her from holding future federal office, elected or appointed and even deny their pension. Conviction by the Senate does not bar further criminal prosecution.