Tom Embury-Dennis, The Independent
Donald Trump has been warned the “countdown” to impeachment is underway, after his former lawyer implicated the president in crimes committed during the 2016 election.
On Thursday, Mr Trump publicly addressed the prospect of impeachment for the first time, claiming the market would “crash” if his presidency was threatened.
“I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job,” Mr Trump told Fox News. “I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor because, without this thinking, you would see – you would see numbers that you wouldn’t believe, in reverse.”
Mr Trump’s comments came after Michael Cohen, his long-time legal “fixer”, pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including two counts of campaign finance violations, which he said he committed at the direction of the president.
Cohen admitted paying hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both alleged to have had extramarital affairs with Mr Trump.
Tom Cole, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, warned it was “too soon” to begin impeachment proceedings, but said: “If something comes out that is clear and convincing and impeachable, I think members will act.”
Al Green, a Democratic congressman who has previously filed articles of impeachment against Mr Trump, suggested he may do so again following Cohen’s guilty plea.
“I think the president has to realise that the countdown to impeachment has already started,” he said. “He, at some point, will have to choose if he will face impeachment or if he will resign. It will be his choice. The congress will have no choice but to act.”
“At some point, we have to act.”
Most Democrats, however, are keeping quiet about the prospect of removing Mr Trump from office, amid fears pushing the issue will fire up the Republican base ahead of the midterm elections in November.
“I don’t think that we should be talking about impeachment,” Democratic senator Tammy Duckworth said.
Nancy Pelosi, the house Democratic leader, has consistently urged her party not to push the issue, and instead work to uphold special counsel Robert Mueller’s ability to investigate potential crimes committed by the Trump campaign.
“The special counsel’s team and the prosecutors in New York are conducting thorough and professional investigations, and they must be allowed to continue free from interference,” Ms Pelosi told fellow Democrats on Wednesday. “As November rapidly approaches, we must also stay focused on delivering our strong economic message to hard-working families across America.”
Trump allies, however, have been discussing impeachment – raising the prospect in an attempt to convince Republican voters to turn out in November.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor hired by Mr Trump last month to join his legal team, warned there would be a “revolt” in the US if the president was impeached.
“You could only impeach [Trump] for political reasons and the American people would revolt against that,” he said.
“The idea of an impeachment is frankly a sad attempt by Democrats, it’s the only message they seem to have going into the midterms,” Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters. “It is another great reminder why Americans should support other like-minded candidates like the president.”
Former chief strategist for Mr Trump, Steve Bannon, told Bloomberg: “November is a referendum on impeachment – an up or down vote. Every Trump supporter needs to get with the programme.”
In other news:
Mr Trump is accused of treason for encouraging the Russians to hack Ms Clinton’s emails to search for the 30,000 “missing” documents that were not handed over to the FBI.
Court documents released last October indicate that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, was told by a Russia-linked professor that Moscow had “thousands” of emails containing dirt on Hillary Clinton in April 2016 — before WikiLeaks released hacked emails publicly.
Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump who briefly worked on the campaign, has attracted scrutiny for his links to WikiLeaks. Stone has claimed publicly that he communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 campaign, though he maintains that it was done through an intermediary.
Stone also sent a series of tweets during the campaign that appeared to hint at forthcoming releases of emails from WikiLeaks before they occurred.
THE NRA, RUSSIA and DONALD TRUMP
The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump. Most of that money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors. A top Russian banker, Alexander Torshin, with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
Torshin, a leading figure in Putin’s party, has been implicated in money laundering by judicial authorities in Spain, as Bloomberg News first revealed in 2016. Spanish investigators alleged in an almost 500-page internal report that Torshin, who was then a senator, capitalized on his government role to assist mobsters laundering funds through Spanish properties and banks, Bloomberg reported.
Torshin was a senior member of the Russian Senate and in recent years helped set up a Moscow gun rights group called Right to Bear Arms.
Prince, Stone, Russia and Wikileaks
Former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, who was a major donor to Trump, sat down for an interview with Breitbart News Daily and dropped a bombshell. Prince openly claimed on national radio that he knew about Hillary’s hacked emails well before Comey did.
You have a former U. S. Attorney and former head of the DOJ’s criminal division (Giuliani), a former FBI chief in New York City (Kallstrom), and a former major government contractor (Prince) on record as knowing about the emails three weeks before Comey knew about them. If this isn’t strong evidence that this election was tainted by a criminal act, I don’t know what is.
Giuliani leaked the information on direct orders from Trump, while Prince did so on orders from either Trump himself or Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon.
Prince got richly rewarded for his role. Not only was his younger sister, Betsy DeVos, tapped as Education Secretary, but Prince himself has been tapped as a shadow adviser to Trump on intelligence and defense.
In a sane world, this would all but demand that Trump and Pence stand down.
What can we the people do?
OCT. 22ND A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND CALM
This is a call for a day of prayer and calm.
This is a non violent civil disobedience direct action. This strike is not meant to hurt the country in any way but to remove those who have. You do not need to be violent to not go to work, to not go to school or not shop. Protest peacefully and lawfully. Find out the laws in your city/state and protest lawfully and legally.
General Strikes – a brief history (with video)
1.) To participate we call on everyone everywhere to wear black.
2.) Do not go to work, or to school or to church.
3.) No shopping. Do not spend one dime on October 22nd. No buses, no trains and no planes for one day.
4.) We must organize and become our own media. There will be zero discussion of this strike by the national media so we must become our own media and get the word out. Use this link: http://ronsspot.org/call-to-general-strike-to-remove-trump-pence-from-office-and-arrest-hillary-clinton/
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