Top House Democrat warns against rush to impeachment

Posted May 19, 2017

Trump took to Twitter to discuss that particular report.

Impeachment talks heated up after Trump's inauguration in January.

A handful of Democrats have floated the idea of impeaching Trump following a New York Times report that Trump allegedly urged former FBI Director James Comey to discontinue an investigation of former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

Republicans, at this juncture won't let impeachment happen. "I think as everybody has said this morning ... that we really need the facts".

King said that "high crimes and misdemeanors" is a high bar and that no president has been removed from office using that. Clinton was impeached by the House in 1998 over perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to allegedly lying under oath to a grand jury about his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. "To me, this is so much more serious because the allegations are about colluding with an enemy- colluding with Russian Federation - to win an election versus breaking into the democratic headquarters".

Congress also can stop short of impeachment and call for a lesser form of censure or sanction.

Two House Republicans, Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Justin Amash of MI, have even mentioned impeachment as a possibility.

"They'll be talking impeachment on day two, after the first Trump executive order", conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted a month before the Politico piece.

Republicans now control both Houses of Congress, and they have shown heavy reluctance to condemn Trump's actions let alone impeach him.

Political stock market PredictIt is seeing record bets on contracts about whether Trump would still be president at the end of the year. It is possible that more punishment could come his way since the charges brought against him are criminal offenses. "I do it because ... there is a belief in this country that no one is above the law, and that includes the president of the United States of America". And he is a member of the Democratic minority, which has little power to move ahead on investigations or to begin proceedings to remove the president from office. Both were acquitted in the Senate.

The President has the utmost respect for the law enforcement agencies, and all investigations, the White House said, adding that this is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Comey.