BREAKING: White House Lawyers Researching Impeachment, CNN Reports (UPDATED)

CNN broke the news on Friday evening that attorneys at the White House have reportedly “begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distant possibility that President Donald Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office.” The cable news outlet cited two anonymous officials who were “briefed on the discussions” regarding the legal issue. The White House did not respond to requests to comment on their reporting. CNN’s article disclosed that an “outside attorney close to the office of White House counsel Don McGahn cast doubt on impeachment preparations, saying it wouldn’t be something McGahn would authorize.” The report also noted “White House officials believe the President has the backing of Republican allies in Congress and that impeachment is not in the cards, according to the people briefed on the legal discussions.” CNN’s breaking news just hours after The Washington Post revealed that the investigation into a possible link between Mr. Trump’s 2016 president campaign and Russia has zeroed in on a current White House official as a “significant person of interest.” So far, only a handful of congressional Democrats, such as Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Al Green, along with Republican Congressman Justin Amash, have tossed out the possibility of impeachment. CNN’s write-up also pointed out that “even Democrats have tried to calm impeachment talk out of concern it is premature.” (Update, Friday, 6:45 pm Eastern: the White House is denying CNN’s reporting, according to a Friday Tweet from Fox News correspondent Brooke Singman.) [image via screengrab]

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