Three House Democrats have announced a censure resolution against President Donald Trump in response to his response to the Charlottesville violence. If it’s voted on, it would be the first time since President Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewisnky scandal.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, was joined by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington. Nadler said he plans to introduce the resolution to censure and formally condemn Trump on Friday, August 18 during the House’s next in pro forma sessions.
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The Senate has voted just once to censure a president: Andrew Jackson in 1834, on the basis that his actions to dismantle the Bank of the United States amounted to an abuse of power. But Jackson’s allies gained a Senate majority and revoked the resolution three years later.
The House has considered measures only a handful of times to censure or rebuke presidents, such as John Tyler in 1842 for abuse of powers and James Buchanan in 1860 over his handling of Navy contracts.
No president has ever been rebuked by both the House and Senate at the same time. Some lawmakers pushed to censure President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial in 1998 instead of outright impeaching him, but were unsuccessful.
From the US Senate’s website:
Less severe than expulsion, a censure (sometimes referred to as condemnation or denouncement) does not remove a senator from office. It is a formal statement of disapproval, however, that can have a powerful psychological effect on a member and his/her relationships in the Senate. In 1834, the Senate censured President Andrew Jackson – the first and only time the Senate censured a president. Since 1789 the Senate has censured nine of its members.
Among those censured by the Senate was Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who escaped expulsion and died in office.