Trump’s actions ‘beyond the stage’ of Clinton impeachment, senator says

Findings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe indicate that President Donald Trump’s actions have gone beyond what led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, according to Sen. Chris Murphy.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” the Connecticut Democrat was responding to the most recent revelations from Mueller’s investigation — including prosecutors saying that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about his contacts with a Russian associate and Trump administration officials.

Federal prosecutors also said Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen acted at Trump’s direction to arrange two illegal hush-money payments to women who alleged they had sexual encounters with the president.

Murphy, a frequent Trump critic, also said that Trump had entered the same territory that led to President Richard Nixon resigning from office. “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 worried and the whole country should be worried,” Murphy said on the Sunday program.

At least one analyst, Greg Valliere of Horizon Investments, sees increased odds for Trump’s being impeached by the House of Representatives. But while he sees impeachment chances up to 55%, he doesn’t reckon the Senate will follow through with conviction.

“It’s still VERY unlikely that there could be 67 votes in the Senate to convict him,” wrote Valliere, the firm’s chief global strategist, in a note on Monday.

Clinton was impeached by the House, and the Senate later acquitted him on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

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