For a President as controversial as Donald Trump has been, it is a bit surprising that no fully-fleshed plans for impeachment have already been hatched.
Before Trump was even sworn into office, the left was clamoring about shutting him down, impeaching him, resisting him, and possibly removing him from office using the 25th Amendment…somehow.
Now, two years into the President’s first term, there have been no true attempts at getting impeachment to a vote. That could all change this week, however, after bombshell reports from Buzzfeed, of all places, has the Commander in Chief implicated in a crime.
Late Thursday night, BuzzFeed News published a report that, if true, could prove historic: President Donald Trump allegedly directed his then–personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about a real-estate deal he was pursuing in Moscow during the 2016 election. Trump immediately denied the story, but for many Democrats, including those who had previously cautioned against impeaching the president before Special Counsel Robert Mueller produces his findings in the Russia investigation, the report was cause to consider proceeding with impeachment before the Russia probe is finished.
The democrats are reacting:
“If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached,” Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote on Twitter. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy weighed in, too. “If Mueller does have multiple sources confirming Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, then we need to know this ASAP,” he wrote. “Mueller shouldn’t end his inquiry, but it’s about time for him to show Congress his cards before it’s too late for us to act.” Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley followed up on Friday morning: “If this report of Trump suborning false testimony is confirmed, then Trump committed a felony and must resign or be impeached,” he wrote. “This is obstruction of justice,” Democratic Representative David Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN. “If the facts are true, this is suborning perjury. It’s an impeachable offense.” Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of House leadership, told CNN, “This is a completely impeachable offense, if this report is true.” He said Congress would need to hear from “everybody who was involved” in the alleged conspiracy before moving forward with impeachment.
Brace yourselves, folks out in MAGA-land; trouble is coming for this President. What we must be very diligent in the coming weeks in not blaming one another for something that the President got himself into…if that’s what this turns out to be. No mass brawling. No civil unrest. It won’t be your neighbor’s fault if the President told Cohen to lie.
Understood? We’re all Americans. We’re going to have to work hard in the coming days to act like it.
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