Here's how impeachment works - and why Trump is safe for now

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

According to multiple news sources, one of those memos documents a conversation in which President Trump urged Comey to close the bureau's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

In another development on Wednesday, Democratic Representative Al Green called for Trump's impeachment.

Trump's decision to fire Comey took Washington by surprise and sparked a series of political headaches for the White House. And this is where I stand.

"The liability of others in Trump's likely obstruction of justice will depend on the degree of their knowing and intentional involvement", says ethics guru Norman Eisen.

Lawfare Blog, a site featuring posts by prominent attorneys and associated with the Brookings Institute, notes that "the longstanding position of the Executive Branch is that the sitting President cannot be prosecuted" so "the immediate question is not whether this pattern of behavior-or any individual component of it-could support a prosecution and criminal conviction for obstruction of justice".

The Republican leader, who has struggled to shake off suspicions that Russian Federation helped put him in the White House, has been accused of seeking to block the investigation by sacking FBI chief James Comey. Asked whether, if proved accurate, the memo's account of Trump's actions would warrant impeachment, Representative Justin Amash of MI told The Hill "yes" before adding, "But everybody gets a fair trial in this country". "But everybody merits a fair trail", he was quoted as saying.

President Trump speaks to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in the Oval Office in Washington on April 21.

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Instead of running for the cameras and microphones every time an unfavorable news report about President Trump hits the airwaves, Democrats should be hitting the phones and calling a few leading Republicans to work out some way they can band together to call for a comprehensive formal investigation.

If the Trump administration deemed it appropriate, Putin said Russian Federation could hand over a transcript of Trump's meeting with Lavrov to USA lawmakers to reassure them that no secrets were revealed.

"It is obvious - there are some people out there who want to harm the president".

McCabe told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that the FBI probe into Russian interference in the USA election was "highly significant", contradicting the White House's assertion that it was a low priority for the bureau.

"There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump", McCarthy said, referring to California Republican Dana Rohrabacher, who has repeatedly advocated for closer relations with Russian Federation.

The White House has denied the allegations of obstruction of justice. "While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", it said in a statement."The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

By the morning of June 23, Dean had suggested to Haldeman that the White House could reach out to the FBI and ask them to back away from their investigation, because of the ties of the Watergate burglars to the Central Intelligence Agency.

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