At the other end of the pro-Trump spectrum, the fringe site Infowars informed readers that "Impeachment of Trump Could Lead to Mass Riots This Summer". So was Andrew Johnson, the Democratic vice president who succeeded Abraham Lincoln as president after his assassination and was impeached by the hostile Republicans who controlled Capitol Hill. He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged.
It simply means the House of Representatives will bring charges against the president, he said a day after the New York Times reported that it found a memo in which the sacked FBI Director James Comey said that he was asked by Trump to stop Flynn's investigations.
"This president needs to be impeached!"
According to a poll from the Public Poling Policy organization, public support for impeaching Trump is now at 48 percent, surpassing Nixon's impeachment numbers 16 months after the Watergate break-in.
But in a hypothetical impeachment environment, she told MarketWatch, "rank and file Republicans would be in full damage control mode and would want to show that if there's one thing Republicans can be counted on, it's tax cuts".
As Time points out, this approach would raise ethical questions about Congress's role and would still likely require approval from the vice president, and supermajorities in both the House and Senate to override a veto. If lawmakers believe a president is guilty of what the US Constitution calls "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors", they may initiate articles of impeachment. In particular, his positions on Russian Federation, trade, entitlements, and deficits are antithetical to Republican dogma, and recently Trump even applauded Australia's single payer health care system. As of earlier Wednesday, neither party's leaders wanted to talk about impeachment.
Betfair said that punters had bet more than 5,000 pounds ($6,470) on an early departure for Trump in the hours after it was reported he had asked his then-FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation.
Castro, of Texas, also fired a warning shot when he called for an investigation from the Justice Department to see if the administration violated court orders related to his controversial travel ban, one of the administration's first initiatives after Trump took office.
Republicans now have 52 senators, so 19 of them would have to break ranks and vote to convict a Republican president, assuming all Democrats voted to do so. "I do (have confidence in Trump)", he told reporters at a news conference.
Still, some Democrats expressed skepticism that impeachment is the right move for the party. Democratic candidates for other offices, like IL gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker, were flashing their progressive bona fides by calling for impeachment.
"This is why we need a special prosecutor", he said. The House judiciary committee didn't vote on an article of impeachment until July 24.
But I am arguing that it would be a major strategic mistake for us to focus on impeachment as a top strategic goal, thereby siphoning energy from the progressive movement. Those are Trump's worst numbers in that poll. If the Republicans figure this out, let them be the ones to expend their energy getting rid of Trump.
Never in United States history has a president been impeached due to rampant speculation and baseless allegations.
Jeff Alson is an engineer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who grew up in Trump country.