Donald Trump’s impeachment could already be in the works, with reports that a congressional committee may be starting the process that will ultimately remove the president from office.
Trump has faced a growing controversy regarding his campaign’s connections to Russia over the course of the 2016 election and beyond. There are allegations that members of Trump’s campaign — and possibly the president himself — worked with Russian intelligence officials to coordinate the release of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief, John Podesta. The emails revealed some embarrassing secrets that helped drive a rift among left-leaning voters and was a contributing factor to Trump’s victory.
Trump was accused of promising to lessen sanctions on Russia in exchange for the release of the emails.
Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to thwart the investigation could now be leading to his impeachment. Last week, Trump fired FBI director James Comey allegedly because Comey would not back off the investigation.
In a meeting with Russian diplomats this week, Trump said that firing Comey took the heat off the Russia investigation.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to a transcript of the meeting obtained by the New York Times.
“I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
That interference could lead to Donald Trump’s impeachment, as a new report claims that the House Judiciary Committee is starting the process that could have Trump removed from office. The report came from Claude Taylor and Louise Mensch, two journalists who have been following the Russia investigation and releasing inside information through Twitter. It was this pair that first broke the news of FISA warrants into Trump’s campaign and grand jury indictments in the works.
“Multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice and law enforcement communities say that the House Judiciary Committee is considering Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States,” the pair wrote on Mensch’s Patribotics website.
The report added that Trump was made aware of the impeachment proceedings before heading off on a foreign trip.
“Sources further say that the Supreme Court notified Mr. Trump that the formal process of a case of impeachment against him was begun, before he departed the country on Air Force One. The notification was given, as part of the formal process of the matter, in order that Mr. Trump knew he was not able to use his powers of pardon against other suspects in Trump-Russia cases. Sources have confirmed that the Marshal of the Supreme Court spoke to Mr. Trump.”
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) May 20, 2017
The investigation into the alleged ties to Russia is reportedly reaching the highest levels of Trump’s White House. On Friday, a report from the Washington Post claimed that investigators had “identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest.” Taylor and Daily Beast reporter Yashar Ali later separately identified that person as Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and one of the closest members of his inner circle.
— Sherri (@SHERRIMAMA) May 20, 2017
Kushner may be the most powerful member of Trump’s inner circle and personally pushed through a $100 billion-plus arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
There was a major development this week in the Russia investigation when former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named a special counsel for the investigation, which came amid growing bipartisan support for an independent investigation.
If Donald Trump does face impeachment for the Russia scandal, it may take a major shift in the political landscape. Republicans currently control both houses of Congress, and a significant number would have to abandon Trump for the articles of impeachment to go through.
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