UPDATE — 5/19, 6:22 p.m. EDT: With President Trump embroiled in scandal over the past week, CNN is reporting sources close to the White House have said administration attorneys are starting to prepare for potential impeachment charges which ostensibly could be brought by the House of Representatives.
Trump advocate and attorney, Michael Cohen, met with White House officials earlier in the week to discuss potentially bolstering Trump’s personal legal team.
Two House Democrats have called for Donald Trump to be impeached and more are likely to follow after the Washington Post reported late Monday the president revealed classified information about the ISIS to the Russian foreign minster and ambassador while hosting the delegation in the Oval Office.
The information Trump allegedly discussed was so sensitive that it was not even being shared with U.S. allies. Russia is not considered an ally of the United States. If true, European officials have said Trump’s action would be “highly worrying,” and they may stop sharing secret intelligence with the U.S. altogether.
Earlier Monday, before the news broke, Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) called from Trump to be impeached based on the reasons behind his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, May 9.
In an interview with MSNBC, Trump said that one of the reasons Comey was fired is because he would not drop the Russia investigation, which Trump insists is “a made up story.” Rep. Green believes such an action by the president is grounds for impeachment:
“President Trump has committed an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives. The act is obstruction of a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election,” Green said in a statement.
“He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged.”
Green is only the second Democrat to officially call for Trump to be impeached. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been an outspoken critic of Trump since the beginning of his term and is also calling for his impeachment. Other Democrats have danced around the words “Trump” and “impeachment” but have avoided making any direct statements.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said earlier in 2017 that Trump’s position and actions on immigration could be grounds for impeachment. Castro also warned that the power the White House has now is unchecked, and, “There’s no longer any checks and balances,” which could mean “you’re basically living in a military junta,” if Trump ignores court orders.
In the next few days more calls will likely be made for Trump to be impeached in the wake of Monday’s news. Yet to be seen is if any of those voices will belong to congressional Republicans.
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