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House Dem threatens to introduce impeachment resolution

22 May 2017

Before broaching the subject, Trump is said to have ushered other administration officials out of the Oval Office so he could speak to Comey privately. "So I would say this to President Trump: This can't continue for a whole lot longer".

The Republican leader faces allegations he asked his FBI director James Comey to halt a probe of a senior former advisor, and dismissed Comey in a bid to curb an investigation into his campaign team's possible collusion with Russian Federation.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., told lawmakers after Green's remarks that "members are reminded to refrain in engaging in personalities toward the president such as accusations that he committed an impeachable offense".

Once those Articles are put forth, the House debates their merit, and goes on to take a vote on whether the president should or should not be impeached. Nixon, accused of trying to stymie probes of the Watergate scandal, avoided impeachment by resigning in 1974.

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Impeachment, of the President, by the House of Representatives is not a finding of guilt. But they do require a two-thirds vote in favor of removing the president.

If that threshold is reached, the president is ousted - with no recourse for appeal.

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Impeachment therefore is at the crossroads of politics and the law.

At a Houston town hall meeting Saturday, Rep. Al Green played recordings of threatening voicemail messages he received after calling for Trump's impeachment on Wednesday. "If people want to call for impeachment, it needs to be publicly known that Pence is as corrupt and culpable as Trump, and that he's not a better option", said the DNC source, who says the party has up until now not done enough to highlight that.

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Earlier this week, close advisers to the President, including lawyer and surrogate Michael Cohen, visited the White House to discuss his need to hire personal attorneys for Mr Trump.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN Monday night that she didn't yet "subscribe" to calls for impeachment. According to reports about the Comey memo describing his February 14 White House meeting with Trump, the president asked Comey to drop his investigation of Flynn because the former national security adviser "is a good guy" who didn't do anything wrong.

Justin Amash, a Republican who has been critical of Trump in the past, agreed that if the Comey memo proves to be true, it would constitute grounds for impeachment.

For that reason, members of Congress are impatiently waiting for Comey to accept their invitation to testify before them, and give his version of events for the first time. "But everybody gets a fair trial in this country", he added.

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House Dem threatens to introduce impeachment resolution