Also a copy of a Facebook post I made. Posting here for later update to content structure.
There are at least 3 (highly?) viable areas under which Congress could start impeachment hearings against Trump. They are:
- Breach of the Emoluments Clause (and other conflicts of interest), particularly in relation to his ownership of hotels and office buildings, most notably the Old Post Office (see these articles: Trump Is Still In Direct Violation Of Emoluments Clause. WHY Are We IGNORING An Impeachable Offense? and Why Hasn’t the Government Gone After Trump for His $180 Million Breach of Contract? ).
- The sharing of top secret information with his children, specifically Invanka, who has been present at high level meetings but has no formal role within the WH (think David Petraeus).
- The entire Russian connection. The most clear case is Michael Flynn’s violation of the Logan Act. Regardless of you view of this Act, Trump was complicit in Russia’s interference in the election and an active participant in Flynn’s arguably criminal communications with the Russians. There is more than enough here to write a credible Article of Impeachment. And if this is not enough, other possible breaches would be lying under Oath, defying a Court Order, or you know, sexual assault charges, to name three others. While there doesn’t seem to be any willingness to explore the sexual harassment charges, it’s not hard to foresee a situation when either of the others might happen, given Trump’s predilection for lying and abuse of the judiciary.