Key Democrat says Trump allegations could be 'impeachable'

Trump says ‘people would revolt’ if he were to be impeached

"We have been discussing the issue of pardons the President may offer to people or dangle in front of people".

US President Donald Trump on Monday claimed hush payments to alleged former lovers before the 2016 presidential election were legal, pointing to a "simple private transaction".

Also on Friday, prosecutors accused Trump's onetime campaign manager Paul Manafort of multiple "lies" to investigators. In the document, Trump was identified as "Individual 1" and was alleged to have led a criminal conspiracy to pay off two women using campaign funds.

"On approximately June 16, 2015, Individual-1, for whom Cohen worked at the time, began an ultimately successful campaign for President of the United States", they noted. It's the first time they have directly tied Trump to a federal crime. He could also show that the payments were not for the objective of influencing the election, but for a different reason (protecting first lady Melania Trump's feelings, for example).If true, that would mean that, as far as Trump knew, he wasn't directing campaign contributions.

Legally, this could potentially be a big deal.

But federal law requires disclosure of payments made "for the purposes of influencing" an election.

But when Cohen pleaded guilty in August, prosecutors induced him to make an extraordinary statement in open court: the payments to the women were made "in coordination with and at the direction of" the candidate for federal office - Donald Trump.

But that case is distinct from the felonies Cohen admitted to as the violations were not alleged to be meant to swing the election outcome. She has said that if Democrats had spent their first two years in the majority trying to impeach Bush, voters may never have elected Barack Obama as president in 2008. Just like the McDougal payment, the SDNY prosecutors say this payment was for the goal of influencing the election and done at Trump's direction.

Mr Trump has denied wrongdoing and has compared the investigations to a "witch hunt".

The 2020 US Presidential election may be heading towards a referendum on whether Americans want Donald Trump to be sent to prison (or not), following his virtual indictment last week by government prosecutors on felony charges.

Conservative columnist Andrew McCarthy shocked the hosts of Trump's favorite FOX News program over the weekend, telling them that the president is likely to be indicted.

"They would be impeachable offences", Nadler said.

The House Judiciary Committee oversees the administration of law and justice within federal courts in the US.

Nadler said lawmakers will have "to look at all this", along with weighing what Mueller eventually concludes about Trump campaign links with Russian Federation and whether Trump obstructed justice.

"The Republican Congress absolutely tried to shield the president", he said.

The White House dismissed claims that the new allegations were anything novel on Friday.

Pressed again if the information warrants impeachment proceedings, Schiff replied, "I think we need to wait till we see the full picture".

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