Dems, Media Bring Up Impeachment After Report on Comey Memo
Democrats and mainstream reporters quickly moved to raise impeachment following a New York Times report that President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn.
The report cited a memo written by Comey after the meeting that he shared with senior FBI officials and associates.
"I hope you can let this go," the president told Comey, according to the memo.
The White House has denied Comey's account of the meeting, which occurred the day after Flynn's resignation.
Sen. Angus King (I-ME), who caucuses with Democrats, was asked by Wolf Blitzer on CNN whether we're moving closer to an impeachment.
"Reluctantly, Wolf, I have to say yes, simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense," King said, adding he has not called for impeachment previously.
Some House Democrats have joined in as well in recent days following Trump's firing of Comey last week.
Rep. @tedlieu on KNX, "Impeachment is possible. Obstruction of justice was in fact the first article of impeachment during Nixon's tenure."
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) May 17, 2017
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) May 15, 2017
On MSNBC, the question was raised to lawmakers repeatedly, with Chris Matthews declaring that "clearly, we’re on the trail there to an impeachment."
Brad Blakeman pushed back this morning that Democrats have been called for impeachment since the inauguration and are like "the boy who cried wolf" at this point.
Richard Fowler pointed out that Trump has uncharacteristically not tweeted since the Times report came out and Republicans have been mostly quiet on the matter.
"There is clearly some smoke here and the fact that a lot of Republicans are quiet ... speaks to the fact that this president is almost toxic," he argued.
Watch the "America's Newsroom" discussion above.