Congressman calls for Trump's impeachment on House floor

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Risch, who also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, went on to say the president "has an obligation under his oath as president" to declassify information when necessary, and that, if indeed the subject for the declassification was airline safety, Trump "should be commended for that".

News broke Tuesday that Trump in February asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn - a request critics have called obstruction of justice. Mr Amash paused and responded: "Yes". However, she later denied calling for his impeachment.

But while some Democrats, and Mr Trump's opponents in general, might be clamouring for an impeachment, it isn't as simple as Democrats deciding they don't like him. There are two big reasons for that. Thus, a president can be impeached but remain in office, as has been the case with the only two incidents of presidential impeachment in USA history.

Let's be clear: Mr Trump hasn't been accused of any crimes. "For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President would be found guilty".

Despite the Justice Department on Wednesday appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as a special counsel to oversee the alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, congressional Democrats are split over whether to talk about the possibility that Trump will face impeachment.

In the end, it comes down to members of Congress deciding that Mr Trump did something that meets constitutional requirements for impeachment.

Actually removing a president from office is a three-step process. "The president must be impeached!" As of today, Republicans hold 238 seats while Democrats hold 193, and four seats are vacant. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a former USA attorney. Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr would preside.

Third, the Senate would vote on whether to convict or acquit Mr Trump.

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And history is on Mr Trump's side. Only two presidents have been impeached, and none has ever been removed from office.

Andrew Johnson was the first-ever impeached US president.

But the Democrats gathered here Tuesday in the heart of the progressive establishment are beginning to speak openly about turning midterm elections into a referendum on whether Trump should finish his term.

Bill Clinton constitutes the second-ever impeached American president. "Before we start talking about obstruction of justice or impeachment".

They came from David Gergen, the typically moderate, mild-mannered CNN analyst and former aide to four U.S. presidents, both Republican and Democrat. Moreover, presidential removal from office after impeachment has never occurred and would be absolutely unprecedented.

The 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967 in the wake of the assassination of John F Kennedy, sets out both a plan of succession for the presidency and a complicated and daunting means of removing a president deemed incapacitated.

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

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