Lawyers representing the Trump White House are starting to fret about the impeachment process, according to a CNN reporter.
Shimon Prokupecz, who covers law enforcement for CNN, tweeted on Friday that while no articles of impeachment have yet been filed against President Trump as of this writing, the White House Counsel’s office has nonetheless begun consulting legal experts to prepare for potential impeachment hearings. Prokupecz also mentioned CNN justice correspondent Evan Perez in his tweet.
CNN: White House Counsel's office has consulted experts in impeachment & have begun collecting info on how such proceedings work@evanperez
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) May 19, 2017
Talks of impeachment initially surfaced earlier this week, when Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) called for Trump’s impeachment on the floor of the House of Representatives, arguing that his sudden firing of former FBI Director James Comey was obstruction of justice. The impeachment talks grew louder when Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) said that if a memo purportedly from Comey describing Trump’s attempts to interfere in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and Russia was true, then it would be “grounds for impeachment.”
The calls for impeachment may not subside despite Trump embarking Friday for a nine-day international trip — the first of his administration. A new report from the New York Times alleges Trump told visiting Russian diplomats that the “great pressure” of the FBI’s Russia investigation had been lifted after firing Comey, calling the former FBI chief a “nut job” during the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.
Despite earlier reports of the FBI investigation primarily focusing on ex-associates of Trump — like former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is also one of his most senior White House advisors, was recently named as a “person of interest” in the investigation, though no formal subpoenas have been issued for Kushner as of Friday evening.
If Prokupecz’s tweet is true, impeachment proceedings may start before former FBI Director Robert Mueller — who was recently tapped as special counsel to oversee the Trump-Russia probe — finishes his own investigation.
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.