Green calls for impeachment on floor of Congress

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Between firing FBI Direct James Comey under dubious circumstances and reportedly sharing highly classified info with Russian Federation, among other issues, Trump just can't seem to avoid controversy. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) mentioned, as she has before, the possibility of impeachment Tuesday.

Online wagering sites are taking bets on whether Donald Trump, mired in controversies over the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, will serve out a full term as the 45th United States president or will be impeached before year-end. Other Democrats have repeatedly echoed their thoughts.

But the New York Times report claiming Trump asked former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn emboldened Green. Amash's comments weren't a full-throated call for impeachment, but they're significant, coming from a conservative congressman from the Midwest.

A growing number of Democrats have called for Trump's impeachment in the days following Comey's dismissal. There are two big reasons for that. First, impeachment is actually a relatively lengthy legal process - and no president has ever actually been removed from office.

At its peak on Wednesday, the price of a "yes" contract on the impeachment question reached a record 33 cents, implying a 33 percent probability that Trump would be impeached, as compared to only 7 percent last week.

Trump was accused of promising to lessen sanctions on Russian Federation in exchange for the release of the emails. Schiff said that "the country has to believe that the series of conduct is such that this president can not continue in office" before they seriously consider impeachment proceedings.

"Multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice and law enforcement communities say that the House Judiciary Committee is considering Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States", the pair wrote on Mensch's Patribotics website.

In the event of impeachment, the case shifts to debate in the US Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed for conviction in the 100-member chamber.

"Reluctantly, Wolf, I have to say "yes" simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense".

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But how those high crimes and misdemeanors are defined is largely up to House members themselves.

Actually removing a president from office is a three-step process.

Today, another Houston politician made waves in Washington as the first U.S. Representative to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. That means Democrats would need to persuade 25 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump, which doesn't seem likely.

Second, the president would face trial in the Senate.

And history is on Trump's side.

But, as noted above, impeachment is not the only way to remove a president. But on August 17, 1998, Clinton became the first sitting president to testify before a grand jury and, after questioning, Clinton admitted on national television that he had an inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky.

Republicans are calling it political grandstanding, however. It was Nixon's downfall during Watergate, and led to Clinton's impeachment in the House. He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. Only eight people have been impeached in the House and convicted in the Senate - all federal judges.

In perhaps the most famous presidential scandal in USA history, the president wasn't impeached. He later was pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford.

Johnson, Nixon and Clinton were all publicly accused of transgressions for which there was publicly revealed evidence.