Reports that President Donald Trump asked James Comey, the former FBI director, to end the bureau's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has left lawmakers on both sides of the aisle shell-shocked — and openly discussing the possibility of impeachment proceedings. Democratic Rep. Al Green on Wednesday went to the House floor and called for Trump's impeachment. Democratic Reps.
John Yarmuth and Mark Pocan have also tossed around the word in interviews, saying Democrats were “actually pretty close to considering impeachment” and that Comey's firing moved Trump's “impeachment clock” an “hour closer.” Democrats are not the only ones discussing the possibility.
Republican Rep. Justin Amash told reporters on Wednesday that if the allegations contained in Comey's memo about the conversation with Trump were true, it would be “grounds for impeachment.” He added that he trusted Comey more than the president, according to Katie Williams, a reporter for The Hill. Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told a CNN host who asked whether Congress had moved closer to the impeachment process that he would “have to say yes.”
Axios reported on Wednesday that “Republicans close to the White House fear that yesterday's revelations could take President Trump into a legal or constitutional realm where his staff and supporters can't save him.” A Republican operative told the publication that “a whole new door has opened” that could move the administration “backwards” instead of “the agenda grinding to a halt.”