Trump Jr. Bets $100 on Dems' Response to Memo

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An impeachment trial for President Trump isn't in the cards, David Leonhardt concedes at The New York Times - Republicans have shown "zero interest" and Democrats have no power and "need to focus on retaking Congress".

He said if Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who hired Mueller, he'd back legislation to protect the special counsel from getting the axe.

On CNN's "State of the Union", Collins said: "It certainly wouldn't hurt to put that extra safeguard in place, given the latest stories". Still, setting aside "realpolitik" considerations for a minute, he adds, "the evidence is now quite strong that Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice", the first article of impeachment against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

McGahn was "fed up" after Trump's order, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

"The president generally sides on the side of transparency", Short said.

"This is a small legislative mater that would take current regulations and make them law that say if the special counsel were abruptly removed without cause, the counsel could find his way to be reinstated through a three-judge panel", Coons told Chris Cuomo.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., repeated that view Sunday even in the face of last week's reports.

That's in the wake of news reports that he sought to fire the special counsel.

Senate Republicans moved quickly last August amid speculation that Trump might fire Mueller for investigating beyond his perceived mandate.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump associates and the Kremlin colluded during the 2016 presidential election. He has called the overall investigation a "witch hunt". Among the conflicts raised at the time included an allegation that Mueller had a dispute over membership fees at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia before resigning as a member in 2011. "I think we'll just continue this investigation to see where it goes", he said. "He talked with his counsel, who explained to an angry and frustrated president why it was a bad idea".

As he made his way to Davos, Switzerland, Trump fumed to aides about Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd's warning that the release of the memo - written by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee - would be "extraordinarily reckless", the source said.