President Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly started looking to experts for information on impeachment proceedings to prepare for the possibility of Trump being forced out of office.
Sources from the White House told CNN Friday that while they believe Trump being impeached is unlikely, they have started researching impeachment proceedings amid more calls from Democratic lawmakers to impeach the president.
The news comes after almost two weeks of bombshell reports for the Trump administration. Comey’s abrupt firing last week and subsequent stories surrounding his firing have caused a firestorm in Washington.
On Monday it was revealed Trump shared top-secret information with Russian officials. On Friday it was reported that during that same exchange with Russian leaders, Trump said that firing Comey “eased” investigation pressures. And according to a Tuesday report, Trump once asked Comey to stop the FBI’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The multiple revelations have led lawmakers to question the intentions of Trump’s decision to fire Comey. Some call it an obstruction of justice meant to interfere with the bureau’s investigation of Trump’s campaign ties to Moscow. Others have called for impeachment over it.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) spoke out at a closed-door House Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday morning to highlight the urgency of removing Trump, whom the Democrats increasingly see as a national security liability.
Almost simultaneously, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) took to the House floor to trumpet the impeachment call he’d sounded earlier in the week. He characterized his decision as a “position of conscience.”
While Trump still has a strong Republican backing in Congress, his lawyers are reportedly taking the warnings seriously by learning how to approach possible impeachment. (The Hill)