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Will Trump be impeached or is it just a liberal fantasy?

Only two presidents in history have been impeached, but murmurs continue to surround Trump. Heres how the process would work if it would at all

On 21 July 2007, George W Bush underwent surgery to have five polyps removed after what was described as a routine colonoscopy. The date may have been lost to history, but for the rare invocation at the time of a constitutional amendment laying out how the transfer of power to the vice-president works in cases of presidential disability.

For 125 minutes as long as it took for Bush to enter and emerge from partial anesthesia, eat breakfast and display possession of his native wit Dick Cheney held all the powers attached to the office of the presidency. (Some wags have suggested that Cheney wielded that authority, unofficially, over a much longer time span.)

Even before the FBI director announced on Monday that the bureau is investigating possible collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Moscow during the 2016 presidential election, the precise rules for how the powers of the presidency might be transferred or simply rescinded in case of criminality or emergency had become the subject of newfound and intense focus in the United States.

Whispers about impeachment, the most familiar constitutional procedure for removing a president, began to circulate even before Trump had taken the oath of office. But two months into Trumps presidency, those whispers and the search for any other possible emergency exit have grown into an open conversation that has moved well beyond the realm of a Democratic party daydream. Get ready for impeachment, an influential, 13-term Democratic congresswoman tweeted after the bombshell FBI announcement.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/22/donald-trump-president-impeached-liberals-history-process


Trump’s Hamilton baiting distracts from transition ‘scandals’, experts say

Trump demanded cast of highly overrated musical apologize for confronting Mike Pence, which has overshadowed coverage of corporate misdeeds

He has only a few weeks left to find a dozen more cabinet secretaries and 4,000 appointees to staff his White House and the rest of his government.

He is paying out $25m to settle claims that he defrauded students with a sham university, while facing intense pressure to rid himself of business interests that may conflict with the countrys.

Yet US president-elect Donald Trump made time over the weekend to post a series of complaints online about the the countrys most acclaimed musical, after its cast dared to ask Trumps administration to work on behalf of all of us despite his racist rhetoric.

The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior, Trump said on Twitter on Sunday morning.

It was his fourth separate condemnation of the Broadway sensation since the curtain call of Friday evenings performance, when a lead actor read a statement from the stage to Pence, Trumps vice-president-elect, who was booed by members of the audience as he took his seat.

We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, said Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays vice-president Aaron Burr and is one of several black actors in the cast. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/20/hamilton-donald-trump-mike-pence


The Awkward Arranged Marriage of Trump and Pence

After a two-day botched rollout of his grand vice-presidential reveal, Donald Trump barely shared a stage with Mike Pence on Saturday morning. “>

On Saturday morning, in the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan, The Rolling Stones You Cant Always Get What You Want reverberated in the hall, symbolically announcing the new union of Donald Trump and his veep pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

After a whirlwind 48 hours in which the news of Pences pick leaked, and Trump reportedly waffled on the choice so much that he was making midnight calls on Thursday night to try to find an escape hatch, the two menopposites in most qualitative respectsbriefly shared the limelight behind a podium emblazoned only with Trumps name.

We are the law-and-order candidates, Trump declared in a dizzying 30-minute address before Pence even made it to the stage. And were the law-and-order party.

As the Indiana governor looked on from the side of the stage, the presumptive Republican nominee devoted much of his address to bashing Crooked Hillary Clinton and weighing in on recent global conflicts, including the attempted military coup in Turkey on Friday.

"Great people, amazing people, Trump said of the Turks, switching back and forth from prepared remarks to his usual riffing. We wish them well. A lot of anguish last night but hopefully it’ll all work out.

A day after the Trump campaign scrapped the initial scheduled rollout for his vice presidential pickwhich was ultimately unceremoniously announced on Twitterthey quickly pulled together an event at the same location where Ronald Reagan announced his 1980 presidential bid, with all the pomp and circumstance of a man meeting a mail-order spouse.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence was my first choice, Trump said despite the fact that he reportedly struggled to choose between an establishment-pleasing pick (pushed by campaign chairman Paul Manafort) and two men with whom hes had better rapport: Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Much of Saturdays speech, a rollout that was accompanied by a website redesign to include Pences face and a new logoreplacing a suggestive image that was mocked on social media on Fridaysounded like any other Trump address.

Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of corruption, Trump said before suggesting that she got away with murder for not being charged after an investigation into her use of a private email server. He dropped typically braggadocious lines like I was the one that predicted it, in reference to Brexit, before seemingly remembering that Pence was supposed to be the man of the hour.

Back to Mike Pence, hed interject before beginning to discuss his success in the Republican primary again (I dominated with evangelicals). Trump conceded that one of the reasons Pence was selected was for party unity before adding he looks really good.

When he finally called Pence to the stage, the two men shared a brief handshake before Trump waltzed off and gave the governor the floorchoosing not to stand beside him for a visual representation of the Republican ticket.

Pence, with close-cropped white hair and a strong mandible, represented a striking divergence from Trump; a disciplined, conservative Republican who read from prepared remarks with designated moments for applause.

Im a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order, Pence said to applause in the room. The Indiana governors address and policy positionswhich include much more conservative opinions on LGBT rights and abortionwere intended to assuage on-the-fence Republicans who cant fathom a former reality television star being the standard-bearer of their party.

He told the crowd that Trump had called him with the decision on Wednesday night, which runs counter to the narrative Trump himself presented to the media in various interviews on Thursday, during which time he proclaimed he hadnt made his final, final decision.

These are good people, Pence said of Trump and his family. And Trump will make a great president of the United States of America.

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The tenuous relationship of the two men has developed over the past two months since Pence made a less-than-enthusiastic endorsement of Senator Ted Cruz ahead of the Indiana primary (today, Trump said that endorsement was essentially one for him).

Their policy differences have played out on Trumps favorite form of social media, with the Indiana governor tweeting his support of the Trans Pacific Partnership in 2014, something that the real estate mogul is adamantly against.

In December 2015, Pence tweeted: Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional, in response to an initial proposal from Trump that the United States place a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the country after the attack in San Bernardino.

But on Friday during his first interview as Trumps vice presidential pick, Pence told Sean Hannity that he is very supportive of Donald Trump’s call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States," a more recent iteration of the proposed ban.

As their official union got off to a bit of a clunky start, Trumps family joined Pence onstage at the end of the event, giving the two men an opportunity for a rare side-by-side photo.

Roger Stone, a one-time adviser for Trump who showed up in a grey striped suit, was pleased with the results.

"It was strong. A winning ticket!" he texted The Daily Beast after the event.

Michael Caputo, an adviser who resigned from Trump’s campaign last month in the wake of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s firing, echoed Stone’s remarks. 

"Pence’s speech was solid, exceptionally well written and delivered expertly," Caputo told The Daily Beast. "I think he made perfectly clear what he can do for this ticket. His speech was a rousing call to arms for Republicans and a full volume defense of Donald Trump. Mission accomplished."

Before the two men appear together once again at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, the governor is returning to Zionsville, Indiana on Saturday for what is billed as a Welcome Home Rally according to the Trump campaign.

Please note that Mr. Trump will not be in attendance, the media advisory reads.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/16/the-awkward-arranged-marriage-of-trump-and-pence.html


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