Congressman calls for Trump's impeachment on House floor

Those were not the words of a left-wing political blogger with high hopes, nor a hyperactive Twitter maven spouting conspiracy theories.

They came from David Gergen, the typically moderate, mild-mannered CNN analyst and former aide to four USA presidents, both Republican and Democrat.

The allegations swirling around President Trump - from contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign and sharing classified information with them once in office, to asking FBI Director James Comey to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn - could provide the seeds for formal charges in the future.

Green's floor speech, though bold, did not leave Democratic party leaders rushing to endorse the notion of impeaching the president without direct knowledge of events which transpired between Trump and Comey.

Another British betting firm Ladbrokes cut the price of a Trump impeachment to odds-on at 4-5 from 11-10, equivalent to about 56 percent probability that Trump will be removed from office.

According to KHOU, the Houston lawmaker said he believes three acts committed by Trump merit impeachment.

"I was in the Nixon administration, as you know, and I thought after watching the Clinton impeachment I'd never see another one", Gergen told host Anderson Cooper.

"I think that it's inevitable that impeachment is a 2018 issue". "Obstruction of justice was the number one charge against Bill Clinton, which led to his indictment in the House". I mean, Donald Trump is adding to his impeachment counts every single day, and not even theoretical counts that need to be investigated.

A base united in opposition to Trump has been feeding into the impeachment narrative since the moment he entered the White House in January.

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NPR asked a Comey associate this week why the Federal Bureau of Investigation director felt the need to take "very detailed" notes memorializing the conversation.

The news came within a week of Trump's dismissal of Comey and a day after reports that Trump had shared classified information with Russian Federation.

For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation".

Defenders of Trump have been signaling they may attempt to turn the spotlight back onto Comey, asking why the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director didn't blow the whistle or quit after the February conversation with Trump.

But when asked by an audience member when to "call a spade a spade" and call Trump out for obstruction of justice at the CAP conference on Tuesday, Warren demurred and said that she was calling for an independent investigation.

It's far too soon to make a definitive judgment about whether any laws have been broken in connection with the president's contacts with James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired a week ago. "So from my point of view this is of enormous outcome for his presidency". "It's time to take drastic, yet necessary action". The answer: Two presidents in US history have been impeached, though no president has ever been removed from office.

"It is not squishy New York Times conservatives who regard the president as a child, an intellectual void, a hopeless case, a threat to national security", Douthat wrote. He later was pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford.

Half of registered US voters disapprove of President Trump's performance as president, versus 42 percent who approve, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.

When he served in the House, Ford famously declared that "an impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history".

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