White House lawyers begin researching impeachment procedures, but officials believe Donald Trump is secure

White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures to prepare for the possible impeachment of US President Donald Trump, although officials still believe this is a distant possibility, according to a CNN report

IANS May 20, 2017 12:57:56 IST
White House lawyers begin researching impeachment procedures, but officials believe Donald Trump is secure

Washington: White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures to prepare for the possible impeachment of US President Donald Trump, although officials still believe this is a distant possibility, according to a CNN report.

White House lawyers begin researching impeachment procedures but officials believe Donald Trump is secure

File image of Donald Trump. AP

White House officials believe the president has the backing of Republican allies in Congress, and that impeachment is not on the cards, according to the people briefed on the legal discussions.

Even Democrats have tried to calm impeachment talk out of concern as it is premature.

But lawyers in the White House counsel's office have consulted experts on impeachment during the past week, and have begun collecting information on how such proceedings would work, a person briefed on the matter told CNN on Friday.

However, a White House official denied the report saying "it's not true" that the lawyers are researching impeachment procedures.

The legal discussions are part of a broader internal effort to bolster the president's legal defence, which has become more complicated with the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to pursue the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Earlier this week, close advisers to Trump, including lawyer and surrogate Michael Cohen, visited the White House to discuss the need to hire personal attorneys for Trump.

If an impeachment hearing was opened with the majority of votes at the House of Representatives, it would then require at least two thirds of the votes at the Senate, which is still controlled by a conservative majority, reports Efe News.

Only three US presidents have ever faced impeachment or imminent threats of impeachment.

Former Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached but later acquitted, while Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974 before impeachment proceedings could begin.

Updated Date:

also read

Raymond Dearie, a veteran New York judge, named arbiter in Trump Mar-a-Lago probe
World

Raymond Dearie, a veteran New York judge, named arbiter in Trump Mar-a-Lago probe

US District Judge Aileen Cannon empowered the newly named special master, Raymond Dearie, to review the entire tranche of records taken in the 8 August, 2022, search of Mar-a-Lago and set a November deadline for his work

US Attorney General sues Donald Trump, his 3 children for decade-long fraud to cheat banks, insurers
Business

US Attorney General sues Donald Trump, his 3 children for decade-long fraud to cheat banks, insurers

Among the major punishments that the US Attorney General’s office is looking at for the Trump family is a permanent ban from carrying out any business in New York, which happens to be Trump’s hometown

World Bank President David Malpass says won't resign over climate denial row
World

World Bank President David Malpass says won't resign over climate denial row

Malpass was nominated to the position by former President Donald Trump in 2019. His five-year term ends in April 2024