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Could Mr Trump be impeached?


The path forward is uncertain. The administration could back way from its across-the board stonewalling and give Congress some of the information it requests.

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


For months now, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have been playing a semantics game. They wanted those who supported and those who opposed a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump to both think they were getting what they wanted.

This strategy suggested a fear by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others that heading down the path to impeachment would put moderate Democrats facing tough 2020 re-election fights at risk.


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That calculus appears to have changed, after the rapid drumbeat of new revelations about Mr Trump's contacts with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Now even middle-of-the road politicians are coming out in favour of impeachment proceedings.

The dam has broken. The genie is out of the bottle. Pick your metaphor. The simple fact is that Ms Pelosi - a keen judge of the political mood within her caucus - has made the decision to shift from resisting impeachment to -at the very least - being open to it.

The path forward is uncertain. The administration could back way from its across-the board stonewalling and give Congress some of the information it requests. Opinion surveys could show the latest drama is taking a toll on one party or the other, causing political will to crumble. Or, both sides could dig in for a long, gruelling battle that could drag into the darkest days of winter.

Say Trump IS impeached... would he be removed from office?

Republicans control the Senate, so Mr Trump would not be removed from office unless members of his own party turned on him.

The vast majority of Republicans have remained loyal to him.

Of course, there are the notable exceptions, such as Senator Mitt Romney who was a lone voice among Republican senators calling for more White House transparency over the Ukraine contacts.

But it looks like Mr Trump would remain in the White House, thanks to his support among Republicans.

In the wider public, the president remains unpopular but the appetite for impeachment is low.

A Monmouth University poll carried out this month - before the Ukraine story - suggests 35% of Americans feel Mr Trump should be impeached

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