White House prepares to battle possible ‘impeachment’
The White House has started researching impeachment procedures to fend off attempts to remove President Donald Trump from office, even though they consider it a distant possibility.
CNN, citing unnamed sources, reports attorneys in the White House Counsel’s office have begun researching the particulars of impeachment proceedings and consulted experts outside the administration with specialized knowledge of the process.
Officials in the White House believe the president still has the confidence of fellow Republicans in Congress.
One outside attorney close to the office of White House counsel Don McGahn cast doubt on impeachment preparations, saying it wouldn’t be something McGahn would authorize. And on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to take over the FBI’s Russian Federation investigation.
The White House did not comment for the story. That said, they believe impeachment will not be immediately called for.
U.S. President Donald Trump waits on the arrival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The wide scope also includes “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” – which would appear to include any efforts Trump may have made to interfere with the FBI’s investigation of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.
Former Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached but later acquitted, while Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974 before impeachment proceedings could begin.
US law enforcement uses the term “a person of interest” to mean someone who is part of a criminal investigation but not arrested or formally accused of a crime.