US Lawmaker Calls for Trump's Impeachment Over 'Obstruction' of Russian Probe

US Lawmaker Calls for Trump's Impeachment Over 'Obstruction' of Russian Probe

He felt that Comey was obsessing on the months-old investigation of alleged ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, which has yielded no known evidence of criminal collusion after all this time, to the exclusion of an investigation into the leaks of classified information, which do constitute criminal acts on their face.

In an opinion piece Saturday for the Washington Post, Tribe said Trump's offenses (potential violations of the emoluments clause and interference with FBI's Russian Federation investigation) were piling up and called for the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to launch an impeachment investigation. While claiming that there were already grounds for impeachment before President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, the firing represents the last straw for Professor Tribe.

If there was, he added, President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey would have "moved us an hour closer to midnight".

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) said that maybe there should be an "Impeachment Clock" that acts like the famous "Doomsday Clock".

Trump's firing of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director last week has only increased American's concerns about his ability to govern the country.

If Mr Trump was impeached, convicted by the Senate and expelled from office, Vice President Mike Pence would take the oath of office and become President.

All of that means Trump could "arguably could be impeached now", Lichtman told Newsweek.

If the House of Representatives votes to impeach the President, then he gets impeached but is not expelled from office at this stage of the process.

Tribe goes on to expand on the Comey affair, talking about instances including contradictions between the White House and Trump and Trump supposedly threatening Comey not to talk to the media.

To say that this does not in itself rise to the level of "obstruction of justice" is to empty that concept of all meaning. Some Democratic elected officials have also increasingly begun floating impeachment since Comey's dismissal, which reports suggest was motivated by the president's personal mistrust. "Every day Donald Trump remains president puts our democracy more at risk". Obstruction of justice was the first count in the articles of impeachment against Nixon and, years later, a count against Bill Clinton. "Impeachment will happen if handful of Republicans in Congress join Dems to put country above party".

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