In the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Democrats are now publicly discussing the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, McClatchy reported.
While Democratic leaders are not officially calling for impeachment proceedings, they are getting closer, according to McClatchy.
"We should maybe have an impeachment clock," Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said. "And if we did, I think (Comey's firing) moved us about an hour closer to having that need.
"I would argue this has got to still be on the table as an option, especially if, indeed, there was obstruction of justice by the firing of the FBI director."
And Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told CNN that Trump's decision to get rid of Comey could eventually lead to impeachment proceedings, CNN reported.
"It may well produce impeachment proceedings, although we're very far from that possibility," he said.
Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., said impeachment proceedings are a possibility at some point, according to McClatchy.
"We are certainly moving down that path," Gallego said. "There is a lot of runway until we get there."
Impeachment requires a majority of votes in the House and then two-thirds of senators must vote to remove the president, McClatchy noted.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, while critical of Trump, shied away from talk of impeachment.
"I'd like to know what the facts are," he said. "And the best way to know the facts is to have an independent investigation."
Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee released a fundraising appeal, which raised the possibility of Democrats initiating impeachment, Politico reported.
"House Democrats call for President Trump's impeachment," said the email appeal. "We MUST protect our president.
"Fellow Conservative — Democrats want President Trump impeached — including the DNC Deputy Chair. If Democrats win the House their No. 1 priority would be to impeach our president.
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