How many impeachment supporters in the House chambers?

Impeachment supporters have taken over the Vermont House chambers … literally.

South Burlington attorney James Leas, who helped write the town meeting impeachment resolution, is standing at House Speaker Gaye Symington’s podium. Out before him – sitting at the representatives’ desks and the seats around the back curve of the room – are the hundreds of impeachment supporters who have turned out.

"This is Gaye Symington’s House, but we want to thank her for letting us use it because there was no other room large enough here for us," Leas said.

The unofficial count is 300 people, from Windham County, where the grassroots movement began, all the way up to the Northeast Kingdom. The turnout two weeks ago that succesfully turned Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin to introduce an impeachment resolution last week was 130.

Session begins at 1 p.m.

-Dan Barlow

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