How impeachment has changed the Republican Party
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NEW YORK — If you thought President Donald Trump’s latest move on Capitol Hill was unusual, you’d be right.
The Republican Party’s leaders in Congress have a lot to deal with, and impeachment is an increasingly popular option.
For years, a few GOP leaders — including the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and the House speaker, Paul Ryan — have threatened to remove Trump if he doesn’t cooperate with their efforts to impeach him.
But now they’ve given up on the threat.
Democrats on Capitol Park, however, are demanding the GOP take another path to impeaching Trump and are pushing them to try to pass a bill.
Republicans are also working on a bill that would give them the votes to remove the president, though that is unlikely to be adopted because of Democratic opposition.
While the Republicans have made it clear they won’t bring impeachment charges against Trump, they’re also not backing down on their promise to try and remove him from office.
The latest developments, however — a House Judiciary Committee report detailing how Trump attempted to obstruct justice, Trump’s firing of James Comey and his repeated attacks on Mueller and the special counsel — could cause an even bigger rift between the White House and Congress.
Trump has already faced criticism for some of his moves and there is growing speculation that he may not follow through on some of them.
But the latest developments underscore how difficult it is to remove a president in the Trump era.
The president has threatened to sue Mueller and fired Comey as he prepares to hand over the reins of his presidency to the vice president, Mike Pence, in the midst of a probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump also has been feuding with Democrats over the Russia investigation and his response to the killing of four black men in New York City by a white man, Philando Castile, during a traffic stop.
Trump’s response to Castile’s death has been criticized for his callousness, his use of race in his criticism and his refusal to acknowledge racism and police brutality.
Democrats, meanwhile, have accused Republicans of trying to undermine the special prosecutor’s work by attacking Mueller.
But Democrats have said they’re not seeking impeachment, even though they could theoretically use the power to remove someone from office under the Constitution.
The House Judiciary report detailed that Trump tried to obstruct Mueller’s investigation last year by saying Mueller was biased against him and that he shouldn’t be allowed to investigate the Trump campaign.
The committee also revealed that the president sought a secret subpoena from Mueller to try, unsuccessfully, to block the investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia.
The report said that Trump even attempted to block Mueller from releasing his report about his dealings with Russia and tried to discredit the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
But the report also said the president failed to cooperate with Mueller’s attempts to obtain documents that might shed light on Trump’s ties to the Russian government.
Democrats on the Judiciary Committee say the president should be held accountable for what he did.
They are also urging Trump to accept the findings of the Mueller investigation.
A Republican in the Senate is also calling for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s interference in the election.
The Hill reported that McConnell, the chairman of the Judiciary committee, was on his way to Washington for a closed-door meeting with the White Senate staff and White House counsel Don McGahn on Tuesday morning.
He was not in the Capitol when McConnell left and was not seen during the meeting.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday afternoon on the investigation, which it said will focus on “a range of issues,” including the president’s alleged obstruction of justice.
NEW YORK — If you thought President Donald Trump’s latest move on Capitol Hill was unusual, you’d be right.The Republican…