Congressman Takes The House Floor, Calling For Trump's Impeachment

Wendy Jensen
May 18, 2017

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

Impeachment talk has now hit a fever pitch with the revelation James Comey penned a memo after a Valentine's Day meeting with Trump in which Comey associates say the president asked him to end the investigation into former national security adviser and noted Russophile Michael Flynn. Said one: "Donald Trump became president today". The bad news: the current scenario is not exactly the same.

But Green's call will be the first made on the House floor, and it comes at a time when the president is historically unpopular, as his approval rating has sunk below 40 percent, according to most polls as of Tuesday.

BLITZER: John Dean, our viewers, of course, remember you were White House counsel during the Nixon administration.

When asked specifically about impeachment, many Democratic members, including Pelosi's number 2, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, have said it is too early to go that far.

Market reaction to the Clinton scandal was perhaps in retrospect surprising. The vote in the House took place on December 19, 1998. After that, however, it rallied, recovering the entire decline by November 28, 1998, while impeachment proceedings were still underway but a month before a conclusion was reached.

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Only 37 per cent of Americans say they support Mr Comey's firing, compared to 48 per cent who oppose it.

The top two Democrats in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, raised deep concerns about Trump's action - but avoided the topic of impeachment - in their statements responding to the news of Comey's memo Tuesday.

Clinton initially denied he had an affair with Lewinsky.

Take, for example, the timeline events of the past eight days.

He later penned a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, requesting that "all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings referring or relating to" the alleged communications between Comey and Trump be handed over by May 24. Trump later tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" On Tuesday, it was reported that the information came from Russian Federation. "I mean, he's outright admitting to them on Twitter", Markos Moulitsas, founder and publisher of the progressive site Daily Kos, told BuzzFeed News.

"There's much more shock and awe right now in terms of how fast this is happening and probably the sense of uncertainty", Zelizer said. This is very serious stuff and we should be very careful about this.

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There are other differences, too.

He also noted that Clinton had a clear partisan enemy in Congressional Republicans and then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Calls from Democratic lawmakers for Mr Trump's impeachment have amplified since Monday, as well as from others like Bob Baer, a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer for the Middle East.

"The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump", he wrote in a column for Newsweek. In the wake of the Civil War, Johnson clashed with Republicans who wanted Southern states to pay a higher price to rejoin the union.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Wednesday it may be time for an independent commission or special prosecutor, expressing concern about "the continuous and often conflicting reports about President Trump, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Russian Federation".

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