It only gets more politically perilous to be U.S. President Donald Trump. Last week, he faced his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to an array of serious crimes — and implicating him in the process. Now, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti is joining in on the chorus of calls to follow that development wherever it may lead — including to a possible Trump impeachment.
Sunday, he wrote on Twitter:
‘I am a student of the law and constitution. Be clear – if the facts and the evidence support impeachment charges against Mr. Trump, then the charges should issue & he should stand trial in the Senate. Regardless of party, this must be the process & we should not be timid about it.’
Talk of impeaching Trump has intensified since Cohen pleaded guilty to crimes including two campaign finance law violations. The lawyer — at Trump’s direction, he explained to a court — secretly peddled hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush money to try and tilt the 2016 elections in his boss’ favor. Some of that hush money — $130,000 of it, to be exact — went to Avenatti’s star client, Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with the man who is now president some years ago.
Trump originally claimed to have no knowledge of the payment to Daniels whatsoever. Then, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the hush money — and now, Cohen has asserted in a court of law that he was acting at Trump’s direction in having sent out the hush money in the first place.
What legal consequences the president could face for that remain to be seen. He hasn’t been formally charged with anything — yet. Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller is continuing his investigation; a referral from his office helped drive the separate federal investigation into Cohen that culminated in his recent guilty plea.
Whether Mueller will indict the president for any crimes remains to be seen — it’s up in the air whether or not he can even do that.
Democrats, though, are on track to take back the U.S. House in the midterm elections later this year. FiveThirtyEight currently estimates a 5 in 7 — or 72.7 percent — chance that come 2019, the Democrats will lead the lower chamber of Congress.
With a majority status in the body responsible for drawing up and passing articles of impeachment, roadblocks to impeachment would be out of the Democrats’ way in the case of the evidence against the president continuing to mount.
When it comes to the U.S. Senate, where the president would actually be tried in the case of the House passing articles of impeachment, Democrats have a bit tougher of a road to a majority come 2019 in the Cook Political Report’s estimation. The analysts behind the site rate three currently Republican held seats as toss-ups — and one (Ted Cruz’s) as only leaning and not likely Republican — but five currently Democrat held seats are rated as toss-ups.
Democrats have to hold onto all of those and pick up at least a couple more to become the majority party in the upper Congressional chamber — although with generic Congressional ballot polling registering Democrats with an about 8 percent lead at present, the odds are in the left’s favor.
In the meantime, Avenatti and those who think like him are continuing their messaging.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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