Why Democrats aren't ready to impeach Trump just yet


U.S. President Donald Trump crosses the field after the first half of an NCAA college football game between the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy on December 8.

"Certainly they would be impeachable offenses because even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining office", charged Congressman Jerry Nadler, D-NY on CNN.

Andrew McCarthy, a former chief assistant US attorney and Fox News contributor, said on Sunday that "it's clear that Trump is the target and that he'll be indicted eventually".

Donald Trump on Monday defended hush money payments reported by his former lawyer, responding a day after Democratic lawmakers said the US president could face impeachment and jail time if the transactions are proven to violate campaign finance laws. The president has said he never put any money into it and ultimately decided not to do it.

"Democrats can't find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russian Federation after James Comey's testimony.", he wrote, quoting a commentator on Fox News, but misspelling the word "smoking" twice. This last detail-that it was done for the objective of influencing the election-is what makes this a campaign contribution and not a garden-variety services contract.

Consider the hush-money payments Cohen made to porn stars Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Talk of Trump eventually ending up in prison - a favourite meme among liberals - took on a new life after a California lawmaker said he could "face the real prospect of jail time" following the Cohen sentencing memo that implicated Trump for directing illegal payments during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Congressman Ted Lieu, a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee said: "Dear Donald Trump: I think you might not know that the person prosecutors identify as Individual 1, who committed multiple felonies, is you".

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Sunday's news shows were filled with the call.

"You think the president of the United States is going to be indicted".

That kind of stops me in my tracks.

In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released in late August, a slight majority of voters - 49 percent compared to 46 percent - said that they want the US Congress to start impeachment proceedings on Trump's removal from office. But that doesn't mean they will try to impeach him - at least not yet.

"There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him", he said on CBS's "Face the Nation", alluding to the fact that many legal scholars do not believe a sitting president can be indicted.

McCarthy delved deeper into the case in an Op-Ed published Sunday on Fox News' website. It candidly lays out the federal case against Trump for campaign finance crimes.

The memo also hints that Cohen provided "useful and relevant information" about his contacts within the White House during the first year of President Trump's term in office and that he detailed who he prepared and circulated his responses to congressional inquiries.