In an article today, I raised the idea of "Republican members of congress potentially voting to impeach Trump." This weblog entry follows that discussion.
According to one specialist in consumer fraud, University of Utah law professor Christopher Peterson, the illegalities surrounding Trump University could potentially amount to a cause for impeachment. (October 18, 2016)
Nov. 11, 2016 update: Allan Lichtman of American University in Washington predicted in late September that, if Trump wins, he would be impeached by establishment Republicans:
They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence – an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook."
Also today, David Brooks of the New York Times off-handedly predicted about Trump that "the guy will probably resign or be impeached within a year."
Jan. 18, 2017 update: In another off-hand comment, Richard Cohen, a Washington Post columnist, writes that "when things go wrong he [Trump] will be chased from office — just like Johnson once was. ... Trump's presidency is doomed."
Jan. 29, 2017 update: Liberals are jumping on this bandwagon. "The Inevitability Of Impeachment: After just one week" is the title of an article by Robert Kuttner of the American Prospect. The key, of course, are the Congressional Republicans. Kuttner documents their ill-ease with Trump:
In the past week, Republicans from Mitch McConnell on down have tripped over each other rejecting his view of Putin. They have ridiculed his screwball claim of massive voter fraud.
They are running for cover on how to kill ObamaCare without killing patients or Republican re-election hopes. This is actually complicated, and nuance is not Trump's strong suit.
Rep Tom McClintock of California spoke for many when he warned: "We'd better be sure that we're prepared to live with the market we've created" with repeal. "That's going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we'll be judged in the election less than two years away."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, mocking Trump's own nutty tweeting habits, sent out a tweet calling a trade war with Mexico "mucho sad."
Trump's own senior staff has had to pull him back from his ludicrous crusade against Mexico and Mexicans, where Trump forces the Mexican president to cancel an official visit one day, and spends an hour on the phone kissing up the next day.
Trump proposed to reinstate torture, but key Republican leaders killed that idea. Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the Senate's third ranking Republican said Wednesday that the ban on torture was settled law and the Republicans in Congress would oppose any reinstatement. Trump's own defense secretary holds the same view. After blustering out his new torture policy, Trump meekly agreed to defer to his defense advisers.
All this in just a week!
Feb. 13, 2017 update: Bookmakers are all over Trump's possible impeachment, Politico reports:
There's already talk of impeachment, just three weeks into Donald Trump's turbulent presidency. In fact, many are already betting on it.
Gambling houses all over the world are taking in action on whether Trump, inaugurated just last month, will resign or be impeached. And the odds aren't as long as you might think.
Ladbrokes, the British oddsmaking giant, has Trump's chances of leaving office via resignation or impeachment and removal at just 11-to-10, or just a little worse than even money. The odds of Trump being impeached this year in the House of Representatives are only 4-to-1, according to the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, despite GOP control of the chamber. You can win $180 on a $100 bet with Bovada, the online gaming site, that Trump won't make it through a full term — though the bet is off if Trump passes away during the next four years.
Feb. 19, 2017 update: The talk is becoming operational. A story by Gabriel Debenedetti in Politico reports that "A handful of Democratic House progressives — among them California Rep. Maxine Waters, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin and Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro — have already publicly raised the specter of impeachment."
Mar. 17, 2017 update: Asked about Trump, "How are we going to get him out?" Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Democrat of California) replied "I think he's gonna get himself out."