There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the White House. Russia, fake news, an empowered special counsel, scandal...and it's only Saturday. According to CNN, Democrats are "making real comparisons between Robert Mueller and Ken Starr or Trump and Clinton." Representatives Brad Sherman (CA) and Al Greene (TX) have argued that Trump's influence over FBI director James Comey and then said director's firing is grounds enough for impeachment.
Then there's everything else.
But it may be a while before we see the white flag of surrender, or even hear about an impeachment effort. For one thing, only Sherman and Greene are really using the "I" word at this point in time. The rest of the Democratic party has been studiously silent on the subject since they first used the term after Trump fired Comey.
David Gergen, former Republican and Democratic presidential aide, said "we're in impeachment territory now" at the time.
There are approximately three elements involved in the impeachment process:
- Robert Meuller's recommendation that the President be impeached
- A unified Democratic party
- Large Republican support
Robert Mueller is the special counsel tasked with overseeing the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 US election.
With everything going on recently, it's hard to believe the Comey incident wasn't that long ago. Sherman and Greene reportedly split the Democratic party during a closed-door meering in June, prompting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to urge Democrats to stay out of the issue and let the investigation unfold.
Although there have been several developments in the recent month, neither Sherman or Greene have made much headway. Neither have gained a following, and it looks like the Trump impeachment effort is at a standstill.
People seem to be glued to the Russia/Trump Jr. investigation, but that's about all we can do: watch. For those of you just joining us, Donald Trump Jr. "released emails ahead of publication of a New York Times story that made clear he was excited to take a meeting with Russian lawyer on the understanding that she could provide information and documents damaging to the Clinton campaign and provided, according to the emails, by the Russian government."
ABC News journalist and former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos said the Trump White House will be "surprised at what it's like to work under the cloud of a special counsel investigation" in an interview with CNN's Axe Files podcast.
"Having worked in a White House that was under the thumb of the special counsel for several years, they have no idea," Stephanopoulos said of his time in the 1990s White House.
At this point in the game, Democrats would have to take "both the House and the Senate" during the midterm elections. It is highly unlikely that the Republicans will remove their own candidate from the highest office in the country.
Time will tell.