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01:55  20 may  2017
01:55  20 may  2017 Source:   The Hill

Trump’s own words add fuel to questions about the legality of firing Comey

  Trump’s own words add fuel to questions about the legality of firing Comey Whether he obstructed justice, experts say, comes down to why he did it. The will to make that case through impeachment proceedings, however, comes down to politics.The president also suggested via Twitter that he may have “tapes” of private conversations with Comey, evoking echoes of Watergate and demands by Democrats that he produce what could be critical evidence.

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President Trump's White House counsel has reportedly started looking to experts for information on impeachment proceedings to prepare for the possibility of Trump being forced out of office.

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Sources from the White House told CNN Friday that while they believe Trump being unpeached is unlikely, they have started researching impeachment proceedings amid more calls from Democratic lawmakers to impeach the president.

The news comes after almost two weeks of bombshell reports for the Trump administration. Comey's abrupt firing last week and subsequent stories surrounding his firing have caused a firestorm in Washington.

Trump’s own words add fuel to questions about the legality of firing Comey

  Trump’s own words add fuel to questions about the legality of firing Comey Whether he obstructed justice, experts say, comes down to why he did it. The will to make that case through impeachment proceedings, however, comes down to politics.The president also suggested via Twitter that he may have “tapes” of private conversations with Comey, evoking echoes of Watergate and demands by Democrats that he produce what could be critical evidence.

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On Monday it was revealed Trump shared top-secret information with Russian officials. On Friday it was reported that during that same exchange with Russian leaders, Trump said that firing Comey "eased" investigation pressures. And according to a Tuesday report, Trump once asked Comey to stop the FBI's investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The multiple revelations have led lawmakers to question the intentions of Trump's decision to fire Comey. Some call it an obstruction of justice meant to interfere with the bureau's investigation of Trump's campaign ties to Moscow. Others have called for impeachment over it.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) spoke out at a closed-door House Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday morning to highlight the urgency of removing Trump, whom the Democrats increasingly see as a national security liability.

Almost simultaneously, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) took to the House floor to trumpet the impeachment call he'd sounded earlier in the week. He characterized his decision as a "position of conscience."

While Trump still has a strong Republican backing in Congress, his lawyers are reportedly taking the warnings seriously by learning how to approach possible impeachment.

Tribal Council removes Cherokee chief from office .
 A tribal council has voted to remove its chief from office, only the second time that's happened since the early 1800s. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council found Principal Chief Patrick Lambert guilty on eight of 12 articles of impeachment Thursday. The articles of impeachment included allegations that Lambert had used his office for personal gain by entering into a contract with Harrah's Cherokee Casino to rent rooms from his hotel.Lambert was elected principal chief of the 14,000-member tribe in 2015 with more than 70 percent of the vote.

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