Green threatened with lynching after impeachment call

The chief justice does preside over impeachment trials in the Senate, but that is the court's only role. "I don't know. But one thing is for sure. if there was a moment that we needed to leave our party hats outside the door, this is that moment". In the unlikely event that both the president and the vice president are impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan would become president.

The mysterious dismissal of his national security advisor Mike Flynn and his subsequent firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey are also in contention.

Trump says no such conversation took place.

The key allegation in the report is that Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation into Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the president's former National Security Advisor who resigned earlier this year.

A Democratic congressman has become the first to call for President Donald Trump's impeachment from the floor of the House amid mounting pressure around the president's recent handling of probes into alleged Russian interference and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 USA presidential campaign.

"Political punters are wondering how many more scandals Trump can overcome", said Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge.

"When a person talks about lynching you, we think that's a pretty serious threat", said Green, a former president of the Houston branch of the NAACP, according to his congressional website.

What does a POTUS have to do to get impeached?

Impeachment is the process by which the president can be removed from power if it is believed he or she has "engaged in treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours".

Republicans - who have slow-walked investigations in the House and Senate, defended Trump at every turn, and been unable to muster any response stronger than to say they are "troubled" by such stories - have nothing to say. In short, it's fucking criminal to perform actions that intentionally hinder official investigations.

Angela Moon reported from New York; Alistair Smout from London. Who's in charge of this shit?

Impeachment, of the President, by the House of Representatives is not a finding of guilt.

Ousting Trump would require the votes of all Democrats and almost half the Senate Republicans. If approved, the articles of impeachment are brought to a vote in the full House.

"Impeachment is the only way to stop Donald Trump, whose corruption and incompetence is placing our country in greater danger with each passing day", said Charles Chamberlain, executive director for Democracy for America, which announced last week that 65,000 of its members have signed off on a petition calling on Congress to investigate and impeach Mr. Trump.

Republicans now have 52 senators, so 19 of them would have to break ranks and vote to convict a Republican president, assuming all Democrats voted to do so. A conviction requires two-thirds of the Senate.

A move to impeach does not necessarily mean the president will be forced from office.

Andrew Johnson - After the American civil war, President Johnson clashed with the Republican-controlled Congress on how to reconstruct the South. With his political support vanishing and facing a likely impeachment by Congress, Nixon announced his resignation on August 8, 1974. If you are impeached - and an increasing number of people think you might be - there will be a formal procedure where the charges will be made against you.

  • Larry Hoffman