Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Democratic lawmakers push back on impeachment calls

However, Pelosi's opposition to impeachment is purely political, and she could easily become a proponent if the political winds shift.

But whether you voted for him or you hate him, and tens of millions of Americans did one or the other in November, remember this about the president.

He noted most successful presidents don't worry about the small things, and instead concentrate on a handful of issues they want to deal with, including laws they want passed and initiatives they want started. "In every instance but one, the talk was idle and the resolutions equally meaningless". "If you don't have that case, you are just participating in more hearsay", she added. Many even suggested that firing James Comey in the middle of an FBI investigation is enough for his impeachment.

Overall, it seems that the threshold for drawing up charges is lowered significantly when Republicans are in office.

The White House has disputed the content of the memo and has pointed to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe's remarks last week when he said, "there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date". Why Is Everyone Talking About Donald Trump's Impeachment? Though it seems natural to assume that the party who's fought Trump tooth and nail would want him out of office asap, some Democratic congress members have actually rejected calls for the impeachment process to begin. Similarly, The New York Times reported that Senator Richard Durbin of IL stressed the importance of patience in this terse political climate. But this memo is neither the Pentagon Papers nor the Watergate tapes.

Pearce said Comey's reputation was damaged during the 2016 presidential election when he announced less than two weeks before ballots were cast that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was under investigation for sending classified information in emails.

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An early draft of his speech does not contain the phrase "radical Islamic terror", a term which Trump has emphasized back home. Joining Trump inside was a long parade of advisers, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R.

But the Democrats gathered here Tuesday in the heart of the progressive establishment are beginning to speak openly about turning midterm elections into a referendum on whether Trump should finish his term. These episodes have this in common: They treat the power with which we have entrusted Trump as a plaything to use as he pleases, not to maintain and guard America's greatness as he took a solemn oath to do; not to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" but to satisfy his immature ego, his endless need to boast, and his insatiable greed. When there is collusion between the press and the political class, any number of high crimes and misdemeanors can be dredged up.

So why did the president ask his vice president and attorney general to leave the room?

Think about it. How many times did we read or hear journalists and reporters bringing up Watergate during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush? The situation calls for urgent action on multiple fronts, not more delay. But when Barack Obama surreptitiously shipped a plane load of ransom cash to the Iranians, used the Department of Justice to spy on reporters and their families, or paved the way for the IRS to trample the First Amendment rights of conservatives, it was considered business as usual. Not to mention, Congress has never removed a standing president through impeachment.

And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are also questioning why Comey didn't say anything to them if he thought Trump had done something improper. "These are profound questions we need to answer before we get too far down the path of what are the consequences if the proof turns out to be there", he said. And we're already hearing the name Joe Lieberman being mentioned as a serious candidate to replace Comey at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. [Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images] Apart from this, with the revelation that James Comey, who was sacked as FBI director, penned a memo after February's meeting with Trump in which Comey associates revealed that Trump asked him to end the investigation into Michael Flynn.

Comey will, and should, testify before Congress.

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