Trump Safe? McCain Rejects Call To Impeach Trump

Tyler Durden's picture

And just like that, Trump may have avoided near certain political doom.

As news was breaking that the DOJ had named a Special Counsel for the Russia probe, a move that will substantially ease political tensions on the Hill (and is a move which the administration would almost certainly not have allowed if it had anything material to hide), another major hurdle for Trump dissolved this afternoon, when one of the biggest "risk-factors" behind a potential Trump impeachment was removed.

Recall that in its initial analysis of the biggest risk factor facing Trump, Height Securities' Peter Cohn said to keep a close eye on just one republican: John McCain.

Cutting to the chase, Cohn writes that ending Trump’s viability as president "depends on Republicans turning against him", as impeachment proceedings can only begin with the majority party, and the 25th Amendment (allowing for president’s removal when unable to discharge powers/duties of his office) can only be invoked by Congress and/or vice president, majority of Cabinet.


What will Height be closely watching to see if the Trump drama enters a potentially terminal phase: the main catalyst is whether Sen. John McCain, chairman of Armed Services Committee, begins calling for Trump’s resignation, as U.S. national security issues may increase concern among Republican voters.

And while earlier today, one GOP Rep. Justin Amash already suggested that if the FBI memo story is true, impeachment would be appropriate, in the clearest sign yet that Trump may be safe after all, the Washington Examiner reported that John McCain said that calls from congressional Democrats to impeach President Trump are not “rational” adding that “I don’t think very many people take that very seriously,” he said Wednesday.

“All I can do is judge the situation as it is. Every day, we are surprised by some other twist and turn of this issue so I can only respond now and now I do not think that is a rational approach.”

Earlier in the day, Democratic representative Al Green called for Trump’s impeachment on the House floor Wednesday, accusing the president of obstruction of justice.

“I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice,” he said. “There is a belief in this country that no one is above the law. And that includes the President of the United States of America.”

While Democrats urging Trump’s impeachment had new energy following a bombshell report about Trump on Tuesday, ultimately it was all up to getting Republicans behind the push, and it was in this context that JPM said "a Trump impeachment was very, very unlikely."

Trump - impeachment very, very unlikely and regardless it wouldn't be positive. There is a lot of talk about Trump impeachment and how a President Pence could be a positive. It is way, way too early to begin having the impeachment conversation. Impeachment is much more a political (instead of a legal) process and w/the GOP controlling both chambers and Trump's popularity in the party being (relatively) healthy the political dynamics don't signal impeachment. That could change in Jan '19 assuming Republicans lose either the House or Senate in Nov ’18 but if that happens the whole pro-growth agenda would grind to a halt. The impeachment bar is very, very high (no president ever has been removed from office as a result of impeachment; two had articles of impeachment brought up in the House before being acquitted in the Senate; one resigned before going through the process). The daily scandals obviously don’t help Trump’s political capital but market expectations for legislative action are already very low.

JPM said this before McCain had made his position clear. Now that the Arizona Senator has also voiced his support of Trump (we ignore Putin's offer to present a transcript of the conversation with Lavrov, exonerating Trump) any likelihood of a Trump impeachment, absent some stunning finding by the Special Counsel, is materially lower (if not gone altogether), for the foreseeable future.

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IridiumRebel's picture

All these faggots care for is the spotlight and keeping the gravy train rolling....

Arnold's picture

Oh, bull shit Mr McCain.

Schlump's picture

There is, as my colleague David Brooks wrote Tuesday, a basic childishness to the man who now occupies the presidency. That is the simplest way of understanding what has come tumbling into light in the last few days: The presidency now has kinglike qualities, and we have a child upon the throne.

It is a child who blurts out classified information in order to impress distinguished visitors. It is a child who asks the head of the FBI why the rules cannot be suspended for his friend and ally. It is a child who does not understand the obvious consequences of his more vindictive actions - like firing the very same man whom you had asked to potentially obstruct justice on your say-so.

Jim Sampson's picture

Looks like he found the "proof".

AltRight Girl's picture

That's a surprise. 

Maybe McCain's brain got hacked. He does seem slower than ussual lately.

WannaCry 2.0 – Adylkuzz: Second and Bigger Global Cyber Attack Already Underway

jeff montanye's picture

maybe the "proof" of seth rich being the source of the dnc emails given to wikileaks is actually strong enough that trump believes even mueller can find it, even if he couldn't find a zionist in 9-11 (like finding a straw in a haystack).

The Management's picture

So they tested the waters and realized (via NSA monitoring) that impeachment would cost them their lives. Oh...and their precious stox.

Trump should put special prosecutor on Seth Rich and then we can see which case sinks which side first.

knukles's picture

So being a friend of Epstein has merits for somebody after all.

Save_America1st's picture

And just like that, McCain may have avoided near certain political doom.

there...fixed it for ya.

No matter what, McCain is a treasonous scumbag

giovanni_f's picture

we need a special prosecutor to find out what went wrong after George Washington left office.

MalteseFalcon's picture

"the main catalyst is whether Sen. John McCain, chairman of Armed Services Committee, begins calling for Trump’s resignation, as U.S. national security issues may increase concern among Republican voters."

McCain has no national voter base.

McCain is a media mouthpiece for the militant wing of the MIC.

If McCain is silent on impeachment, you can be sure that Trump offered something to McCain's owners.

JamesBond's picture

I am willing to contribute to a crowd source recall campaign for McCain.


The Management's picture

For the fucking life of me i cannot figure out who votes for him ?! Its truly one of lifes mysteries.

techpriest's picture

There was a big Saudi arms deal recently, billed as a "Middle East NATO." That could be it.

Giant Meteor's picture

Correct. First and last comment tonight, long day. I chose to respond to yours, as this story of McCain not jumping on the "get Trump" bandwagon, speaks to something I wrote yesterday. This is the logical play in my opinion.

Come don, get back into our neocon fold, and we'll make this all go away. Hell, it would be better perhaps, a more positive sign, if McCain was leading the charge on impeachement proceedings  .. Nothing, but nothimg comes from these fucks without a price.

Consider it likely to be a "Faustian Bargain" in the making ...

MS7's picture

Exactly. And I shudder to think what that is.

meta-trader's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet...

FlKeysFisherman's picture

So they tested the waters and realized (via NSA monitoring) that impeachment would cost them their lives.


I actually think this is close to what happened.

auricle's picture

Yes! The NSA has its own tool polling data harvested from the internet. Trump needs to terminate these derelict agencies.


Illegal's picture

John. Mr. President we're working on impeaching you ...
POTUS So good of you to call. You know as President I get to see all kinds of intelligence reports. I just so happen to be looking at the USS Forestal report. You remember that Johm ...
John. Click....

Zorba's idea's picture

Good idea! I love a good game of chicken...right down Pennsylvania Ave. I would like to use McStain as the hood ornament.

yomutti2's picture

So they tested the waters and realized (via NSA monitoring) that impeachment would cost them their lives. Oh...and their precious stox.


What a joke.  If there turns out to be significant evidence that Trump did the thingss he is accused of, then he will be impeached and convicted, and nobody of importance will think twice about it. All those fairies yammering about their guns on the internet won't do a damned thing.



Handful of Dust's picture

Hopefully a heavy pillow will find its way over McShame's face some night.

RiverRoad's picture

With a doctor far, far away declaring him dead over the phone.

Scuba Steve's picture

Go ahead, gamble muthafukka, see what happens ... I know I'm curious.

RiverRoad's picture

"Trumped-up" charges kicked out the window.

Looks like the Deep State has no appetite for a Third Pary coming down the pike.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

RiverRoad ... I agree with your comment about the Deep State.

I also believe that today's market action scared a lot of people GLOBALLY. We all know these markets are a JOKE, but if the SELLING gets a HEAD of STEAM, nothing will beable to stop it with 400 billion of MARGIN DEBT FUEL.

Cooler heads may yet prevail.


RiverRoad's picture

Connect the dots:  The recent Trumped-up charges and market drop gave the Deep Staters cover for their usual "Walk Away in May" profit-taking. 

Insiders have been selling like mad for the past several weeks while the banksters held the market up for them to sneak out.  Same as always.

Further selling, should it occur, will be to drive the margin players out so the banksters can pick up those shares on the cheap.

Scuba Steve's picture

Shares of what on the cheap?

tmosley's picture

What is really concerning is the McCain ISN'T acting like a peanut. He should be frothing at the mouth like the Dems. Instead, he is saying things that are factually true. This means he is either on Trump's side, or he is extremely rational and thus truly dangerous. A third possibility is that he just has a good lawyer who told him in no uncertain terms that he doesn't want to be on the side calling for impeachment because everyone on that side is going to look extraordinarily stupid in a few days.

El Vaquero's picture

"...because everyone on that side is going to look extraordinarily stupid in a few days."


And quite possibly extraordinarily dead if the Senate were to remove him from office.  

RiverRoad's picture

IMO since McCain started the anti-Trump band wagon, Trump made him finish it.

Looks like McCain doesn't want to take the credit for fathering a Third Party which is exactly what will happen if anyone lays a hand on Trump.

AKA:  Don't muddy the water around you; you may have to drink it soon...

With credit to the Kingston Trio.

tmosley's picture

That would be my hope.

Zorba's idea's picture

I'm hoping the majority of McStain's AZ constituents fedex'd him a horses head to his senate office with a note.. can you spell REPEAL.

Flair1239's picture

Also, impeachment has never been even a remote possibility. It is just headline fodder for the Dems. Get the idiot public to see "Impeach" and "Trump" in the same sentence enough times and some of these morons will believe it is either happening or has happened.

That is all this is, is an assault on low information voters and a warning shot to people who may be inclined to publically support Trump. It is the same game they ran during the campaign.

Nice Try Lao Che's picture

If you keep stirring the LUCKY CHARMS around in the bowl of milk, sooner or later all the fucking marshmallows will end up together.

jeff montanye's picture

speaking of childishness, wasn't it a child who noticed the emperor had no clothes?

if clinton, bush, and obama are adults, give me a kid, especially one with peaceful instincts.

knukles's picture

It was a child noticed was being buggered by old men as well.

MFL5591's picture

Impeach McCain and his girlfriend Graham

jeff montanye's picture

just stop electing them and get them, eventually, to testify at the 9-11 truth commissions as accessories after the fact, at a minimum.

Scuba Steve's picture

Haha, electing them? LOL, like they get elected.

I know you are smarter than that ...

Arnold's picture

I suspect that you were a juvenile during the O'Bama administration.

Croesus's picture

You certainly earn your username, judging by the company you keep; fits you like a glove, troll. Run along now, HuffPo needs you.

Scanderbeg's picture

Every Trump insult from the left is a forced meme since it's impossible to be PC and funny at the same time.

booboo's picture

How about a child who can't stop whining after being told he lost, as in.....the media? the Progs? David Brooks!! pffft what a know nothing pussified crybaby, he hasn't got anything right since Grant won.


Kayman's picture

Your "child" argument notwithstanding, how about the adults in the room whose only purpose is to plunder the American people. I will take a petulant child over a devious criminal adult.


"a child who blurts out classified information in order to impress distinguished visitors." ???

Were you in the room or is this more regurgitated shit stirred up by the Dirty Noxious Criminals party and their cohorts? 

By the way, your wife fucks like a mink.

shovelhead's picture

How's it feel to be bitch-slapped by a child?

Save your bullshit for your echo chamber. And that goes for your "colleague" Brooks. Nobody is buying your pathetic attempts to divert the justice that's going to rain down on your Obama and Hillery loving pals.

Your commie dreams are dust. Get used to it.

TungstenBars's picture

There is a very real childishness in creating an account on a site you don't like with a handle and picture designed to troll others with lefty bullshit. What are you, 13?

political_proxy's picture

What are you, 13?
prolly good money for a 13 yr old