U.S. impeaches Trump’s Attorney General, John B. King III
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to impeach President Donald Trump’s attorney general, John King III, for using his position as a private citizen to seek an election victory.
Barry Wilkins, a Republican, had faced a majority vote in the House of Representative, but Democrats won a majority in the Senate.
Democrats used procedural rules to break a 60-vote threshold, which would have been necessary to remove King, who had been sworn in to the post in February.
“The American people have had enough of John King,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“John King has proven himself to be a liar and a crook.”
King was removed from office when the Senate Judiciary Committee found that he used his position to commit fraud.
He was removed in March for lying to Congress, which found he had violated ethics rules.
King, a former Justice Department prosecutor, served as attorney general from 1997 to 2001, when he was appointed by President Bill Clinton.
King said he had served in a capacity that was not partisan.
I’m going to try to do the right thing for the country, he said.
He also said he did not break any laws.
A majority of House Republicans voted to impeak King, saying he did “not fulfill his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law and faithfully execute all of the constitutional powers of the office.”
Democrats have accused King of trying to steal the 2016 presidential election by using his official position to win an election, but he denies that.
Republicans have said King has no standing to be in office and have suggested that he could be charged with obstruction of justice, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.