That forbidden word - the 11-letter pathway to political damnation, is suddenly, timidly, tiptoeing onto the tongues of capital-dwellers.
That's not how a majority of Republicans in Congress felt before Wednesday's announcement.
"It ought not to be taken lightly. It's a position of conscience for me".
Backers cite a long litany of potential offenses, dating back to the presidential campaign and Trump aides' ties to Russian Federation.
To be sure, impeachment remains a distant hypothetical threat.
The ACLU has also called for the appointment of a special prosecutor and the creation of a select congressional committee to investigate the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation.
The biggest development was the Justice Department announcing the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation probe.
"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, which I think is also relevant to the question of what he was trying to do", Gergen said.
How did this happen? "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House and that means before rushing to judgment we get all the pertinent information".
The White House categorically denies the paper's account of events, which could amount to obstruction of justice. Two days later, Trump left his surrogates out to dry when he stated he was determined to fire Comey "regardless of recommendation", and that he had considered "this Russian Federation thing" before making the decision.
Trump fumed about it in a speech to graduates of the Coast Guard Academy.
The episode is the latest woe for Trump, whose administration is engulfed in a series of scandals linked to Russian Federation.
A perceptible shift has occurred.
"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said.
The past week has seen extraordinary political turmoil in Washington, as President Donald Trump faces grave accusations that he has obstructed justice. He would write everything down from the conversation because the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director wanted to make sure he characterized the conversation accurately. And Trump himself told the graduating class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday that "major tax cuts" and "major tax reform" - in that order - were coming.
The intelligence Trump shared came from Israel, the New York Times reported.
That news conference was held on the same day news broke that the White House was stonewalling the House Oversight Committee's probe into Flynn's security clearance application by refusing to turn over documents pertaining to his security clearance. They're modest. To my colleagues on other side: America needs you. "You don't need a special prosecutor for counterintelligence".
He's not among those uttering the noun of presidential doom. Others, like Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, have merely mentioned the possibility, with Gabbard saying last month that she was studying the impeachment process.
However, Senator King Senator King (I-ME) felt differently yesterday while speaking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. I have to say yes. "And I say it with sadness and reluctance". Justice leadership takes the lead generally on talking to administrations.
How would Trump be ousted? . And at the same time, at least one previously loyal Republican member of the House also mentioned impeachment, though in a much more reserved manner.
President Richard Nixon stepped down halfway through his second term to avoid impeachment amid the Watergate scandal.
The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive" and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice".
But while some members of Congress have called for outside investigations and deemed the memo a possibly impeachable offense, Louisiana's Republican delegation members said it was too early to make that call.
Pence previously said he didn't know about Flynn's lobbying work for foreign interests until March, despite the fact lawyers for the transition effort he was leading were apparently informed weeks before the inauguration.
President Andrew Johnson was impeached and almost removed from office after his policies for reconstruction of the South angered radical Republicans in Congress who felt his approach was too lenient on the former Confederate states. A late-April NBC-WSJ poll found that 73 percent of Americans want an independent investigation. "That's what I support".
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