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Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

"I'm a conservative when it comes to impeachment. We may get there, but we're not there now", King said during a Sunday appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Federal prosecutors said on Friday that President Trump directed illegal payments to ward off a potential sex scandal that threatened his chances of winning the White House in 2016, putting the weight of the Justice Department behind accusations previously made by his former lawyer. He's said the payments to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal were made to influence the election.

Cohen also pleaded guilty last week to a separate charge brought by Mr Mueller's office that he lied to Congress about discussions over the construction of a proposed Trump Organization skyscraper in Moscow. "Was certainly a different set of facts, but this investigation is now starting to put the president in serious legal crosshairs and he should be anxious and the whole country should be anxious", Murphy said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not exactly deny that he has compromising material on Trump when asked by reporters this past summer. The Supreme Court has never ruled on whether a president can be indicted or whether a president can be subpoenaed for testimony. Something that would be perfectly legal to do as a businessman could take on a different standard as a candidate and campaign finance laws are "very open-ended", he said.

"But it's still a pretty serious matter", he said. It's unclear whether Trump faces legal jeopardy over his role. "We've heard all along that Justice Department guidance is that the president himself can't be indicted - or herself down the road - cannot be indicted".

In a separate recommendation on Friday Mr Mueller said Cohen should serve any sentence imposed for that crime concurrently with the sentence imposed for the NY charges.

"I personally think that if someone makes an error in filing paperwork or not categorizing, it shouldn't be jail time, it ought to be a fine", Paul said.

"In total, the prosecutors seem to be saying the president was more aware than he has claimed to be", former federal prosecutor Michael Zeldin told Reuters.

The president tweeted following the release of the sentencing memo, "Totally clears the President". Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

The Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump of directly committing a crime.

Still, he said the separate memo by the special counsel on Cohen includes other damaging information on Mr. Trump that contradicts the president's repeated statements on the campaign trail that he had no business ventures in Russian Federation.

But King said the evidence isn't strong enough to support impeachment, and that moving ahead with impeachment based on the evidence available would likely prove politically damaging to the nation.

Sen. Angus S. King Jr., Maine independent, said that if lawmakers move forward on impeachment with the evidence they now have, then much of the country would see it as "political revenge" and "a coup against the president".


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