White House lawyers research impeachment

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 20, 2017

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.

Evan Perez reported on CNN, "White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures".

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that White House advisers and associates are urging Trump to hire an outside lawyer to help deal with a number of controversies surrounding allegations of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. The broader inquiry evolved dramatically in the past 10 days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Soon thereafter, the New York Times reported that Trump had asked Comey to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's former National Security Advisor, prior to his firing. Trump has denied this charge; some Democrats have said that, if it's true, it could amount to obstruction of justice.

One outside attorney close to the office of White House counsel Don McGahn cast doubt on impeachment preparations, saying it wouldn't be something McGahn would authorize.

There's also the issue of Trump's private business dealings, which some legal experts say puts him in violation of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. That being said, White House officials say impeachment is an extremely unlikely possibility, as Trump still has the support of Republicans in Congress. CNN notes that Democratic lawmakers have also been hesitant on the possibility of impeachment. Even Democrats have tried to calm impeachment talk out of concern it is premature. Maxine Waters of California and Al Green of Texas have called for the president's impeachment.

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