The Washington Post last night broke what may end up being the biggest bomb on the Trump Administration yet, as the President was meeting with officials in Israel.
According to the Post, Donald Trump asked the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers to publicly deny evidence of collusion between his administration and the Russians. Both Coats and Rogers denied the president’s request and they are now coming forward with these very serious allegations.
If true, it appears as though President Trump may have dug his own grave toward impeachment. While proving that he or his administration colluded with the Russians to influence our election process may be extremely difficult, proving obstruction of justice should not be. If the House of Representatives feels as though there is enough evidence to believe that Trump did in fact request that Coats and Rogers publicly deny any evidence of wrongdoing, impeachment is almost guaranteed. Only half of the House needs to feel as though an impeachment hearing is necessary, and it will be very difficult for anyone to side with Trump in this decision once Coats and Rogers formally come forward, especially if they can provide solid evidence.
The reality is, Donald Trump is as good as impeached right now. It wasn’t until Richard Nixon asked the CIA to take similar action when the FBI was investigating Watergate, that his ultimate downfall began. Anyone in the House who sides with Trump here, will be siding against America’s intelligence agencies, including the FBI, NSA and DNI, and in essence undermining the future of all of these agencies.
Note that while it only takes a 51% vote in the House to call for an impeachment of Trump, the case would then be moved to the Senate where they will act as the jurors in determining if Trump is guilty and should be removed from office. Removal of Trump from office will require a two-thirds vote in favor by the Republican led Senate. That’s where things will become a little more murky.