WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.
But former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, one of those named by anonymous officials, denies he was in contact with Russian intelligence.
He added, “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer.’”
The case for impeaching Trump goes beyond the Russian connections. Trump's conflicts of interest are numerous and unprecedented. He must resolve his business dealings to end these conflicts and begin governing responsibly. Anything less deserves impeachment.
“These are just tip of the iceberg examples of direct conflicts in both domestic and foreign policy under this president,” said Pocan, who addressed Trump directly when he said: “Mr. President, it’s time for you to fix this. One, divest your business holding immediately to remove any suggestion of conflicts in your decision making. Two, show us your tax returns so financial interests are transparent to the American people. And three, get rid of your unconstitutional executive order, which will make us less safe and only serve to embolden our enemies.”
Democratic leaders have pushed back against the idea of impeaching Trump. While Trump's first month has been disastrous, he has not done anything that warrants impeachment yet.
“[There] are grounds for displeasure and unease in the public about the performance of this president who has acted in a way that is strategically incoherent, that is incompetent and that is reckless,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “And that is not grounds for impeachment.”
The White House says any calls for impeachment are extreme and ignore the will of the people.
“When San Francisco leftist Rep. Nancy Pelosi is the one trying to rein you in, you know you are out of touch,” spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in an email. “Between blocking the President’s unquestionably qualified nominees in the Senate and this new extreme impeachment talk, the Democrats have completely lost control and perspective.
“The majority of Americans are behind the President’s efforts to drain the swamp and bring major change to Washington.”