White House lawyers research impeachment procedures
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 20:33
The New York Times reported Friday that Trump described firing "nut job" FBI director James Comey, who was leading the investigation, as having relieved "great pressure" on him in a White House meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.
Is impeachment on the horizon?
White House lawyers have begun researching the process and law of impeachment, CNN reports.
However, officials still believe the possibility of remvoal is a long shot.
Although officials in the White House still believe it's unlikely that President Trump will be impeached, lawyers have nonetheless been boning up on the legalities of impeachment, consulting with experts over the previous week in an attempt to get an idea of how such a scenario might play out.
It's their take on the Russia-related scandals that have plagued the White House in recent months. And Democrats are trying to tamp down impeachment talk as well, the Washington Times reported.
However, a White House official denied the report saying "it's not true" that the lawyers are researching impeachment procedures.
The reported research on behalf of the White House is a part of the legal team's current attempt to defend the president.
President Donald J. Trump (C) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) are bid farewell by Vice President Mike Pence (L) before departing the South Lawn by Marine One, in Washington, D.C., May 19, 2017..
These developments come in the wake of the Justice Department's appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller who was the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to investigate into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump is facing scrutiny over his handling of the James Comey termination, his questionable comments about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the lingering issue of former NSA advisor Michael Flynn and his ties to Russian Federation.
Three U.S. presidents have been impeached by Congress. Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton survived trial in the Senate, while President Richard Nixon resigned for fear he would be removed.