More US Republicans back independent probe of Trump-Russia ties

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A base united in opposition to Trump has been feeding into the impeachment narrative since the moment he entered the White House in January.

"I do not do this for political purposes Mister Speaker", Green said on the floor.

Impeachment is a three-part process outlined in the Constitution. Trump may be guilty of an impeachable offense - something the full House would vote on after hearings, if the issue reaches that stage. The definition is vague and has always been debated. Only the U.S. Senate can do this after a trial. Certain members of the House of Representatives would act as the prosecutors, and a Supreme Court justice would act as judge.

"The American people are part of this democracy", Green said.

If true, it could mean devastating consequences for the president, said Gergen, who served under Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, both of whom faced the impeachment process. Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, stuck to his message that a special, independent investigation is needed.

At the top of the list were reports that President Trump had asked former FBI Director James B. Comey to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

Democratic strategists emphasized that they expect that questions of independent investigations - and not calls for impeachment - will be the overwhelming focus for the party in the coming days. No longer will Democrats bicker over policy, but simply remain united in their opposition to the president.

King then hinted at the process of impeachment, stating that "you're getting very close to the legal definition of obstruction of justice and what happens next will rest largely in the House of Representatives".

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It noted Rep. Maxine Waters of California had tweeted that she would "fight every day until he's impeached".

"It can not be perceived as an effort to nullify the election by other means", he said.

If the President is not above the law, he should be charged, by way of impeachment, by the U.S. House of Representatives. Neither was convicted in the Senate. "But if a vote for a check on the president ... becomes a de-facto vote for an impeachment trial, the task in front of us will only get more hard".

"We need the facts", Ryan said.

House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Tuesday night also said he would be ready to issue a subpoena for the alleged memo that Comey reportedly wrote, noting President Trump's request to close the Russian Federation probe.

A plurality of Americans support appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Donald Trump. But more Americans now support doing so than oppose the idea, according to a new poll released Tuesday. But Trump later told NBC News that he would have fired Comey "regardless" of the recommendation and mentioned the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation.

Valeriy Garbuzov, director of the Institute for United States and Canadian Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), echoes Sinelnikov-Orishak: according to the scholar, the mainstream media reports are unlikely to become the trigger for Trump's impeachment.

"But everybody gets a fair trial in this country", Amash told reporters as he left a House GOP conference meeting. "He was using his power to do that, and when James Comey didn't go along with him, when he wasn't his boy, he fired him".