GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo Links Impeachment to Trump

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

But I've never suggested that they are impeachable.

Asked by reporters whether he thought the allegations against Trump were grounds for impeachment, Republican Representative Justin Amash said, "If the allegations are true, yes".

"We need the facts", Ryan said.

Because Flynn was an associate of Trump's presidential campaign, the idea of Trump approaching Comey in such a way has prompted politicians to question whether the president committed obstruction of justice. "The petition campaign addresses Trump's flagrant violations of the Constitution's emoluments clauses that forbid financially profiting from the presidency".

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Trump will meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before going to Rome, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels and a G7 meeting in Sicily on the tour that will take in some of the world's most prominent religious sites. For example, while president, he received approval from China for some 38 potentially lucrative trademarks. So we are really in uncharted territory here when it comes to possible impeachment. The framers quite advisedly put the power to impeach not in the courts, but in the Congress, in an elected body. That means, impeachment is not a strictly legal process.

I do not envy the lawyers and communications specialists whose burden it is to represent the president in his credibility contest with Comey, whom Trump dismissed, by his own account, over his frustration at the FBI's continuing interest in the Trump-Russia nexus. And typically, you would get an impeachment investigation, in the House Judiciary Committee, which by majority vote would decide whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House. Criticism of the president intensified after it emerged on Monday that the president discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador in Washington at a White House meeting last week. "I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice". "The president must be impeached". His task is to look into criminal activity. "For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President would be found guilty". But Schiff also pressed the case for caution with impeachment. It could consider, as Alexander Hamilton pointed out, 'abuses of power that harm our society.' Let's also remember: The independent counsel works in secret. We may never know what the results of that investigation might be. "We've seen that these obstruction of justice cases can get ugly very fast". The hearing is expected to looking specifically at Trump's influence on the investigation into Trump, his allies and their connections to Russian Federation. That's what we had in Watergate, that's what we need now.

Not for the first time, this scandal has drawn comparisons between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon's Watergate investigation.

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