Dem Leaders Urge Party to 'Slow Down' on Calls for Impeachment

U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he delivers commencement address at U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London

Other Democrats have repeatedly echoed their thoughts.

Al Green renewed calls for the impeachment of President Trump on the House floor Wednesday, in the wake of new allegations concerning the Russian Federation probe - as other lawmakers warned against a rush to judgment. Mr Amash paused and responded: "Yes".

If this happens, the next step is for the Senate to hold an impeachment trial to decide whether or not to convict the president of the charges.

While two House Democrats have called for impeachment, even House Democratic leadership is waiting for more developments in the federal investigation now led by special counsel Robert Mueller - and without substantial support from the House's Republican majority, impeachment proceedings won't get started. As Reason's Scott Shackford has noted, that's what Joe Biden would call a "big fucking deal" if it turns out to exist and to be accurate. Cornell University details that the 25th states that Congress can remove a president if the vice president and other Cabinet officials deem him "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".

"Barely a day goes by without a Trump scandal, but money talks, and punters are becoming increasingly convinced the president could be impeached sooner rather than later", a Betfair spokesperson told Reuters.

In plain English, that means first, there needs to be evidence that Trump committed treason, bribery or high crimes and misdemeanors.


Some, such as the online political stock market PredictIt, have seen record volume during the last two days on contracts focused on whether Trump will be impeached. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), said he's "no Comey fan" but added, "I won't defend anyone who obstructs justice".

While Green's statement marks the first official request, Democratic lawmakers have been calling for impeachment over the past few months, like California Rep. Maxine Waters. The upper chamber then conducts a trial with the president, presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, with House "impeachment managers" presenting their case. The president has said Russian spies did not meddle in the election, though America's intelligence agencies say they did, and that there was no collusion between his advisers and the Russians.

And history is on Mr Trump's side.

Now it get worse with one, and only one, member of the House of Representatives, Al Green, taking the debate to the next level. The White House was not informed of this development until just before it was made public.

Fun fact: Back in 1998, Bernie Sanders was one of the representatives arguing against impeaching Bill Clinton.

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