President Donald Trump says he'll go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court "if the partisan Dems" ever try to impeach him.
But Trump's strategy could run into a roadblock: the high court itself, which said in 1993 that the framers of the Constitution didn't intend for the court to have the power to review impeachment proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that impeachment and removal from office is Congress' duty alone.
"I DID NOTHING WRONG," Trump tweeted Wednesday. Trump says not only are there no "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," one of the bases for impeachment outlined in the U.S. Constitution, "there are no Crimes by me at all."
He alleges Democrats committed crimes and says they're looking "to Congress as last hope!" because "We waited for Mueller and WON."
The Constitution lays the "sole power" of impeachment before the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Democrats, who control the House, remain divided over the issue of impeachment even as a new front has opened in their investigations into the presidency, sparking a new legal war with the White House as Trump fiercely seeks to fight any new congressional oversight.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrat leaders have remained cautious over impeaching Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election while others in the party's more liberal wing have demanded such proceedings begin.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings, released in a redacted report last week, indicated Trump had obstructed justice and noted that Congress could address whether the president violated the law. Mueller separately concluded there was not enough evidence to establish any collusion between Moscow and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has said the findings cleared him of any wrongdoing and has called for an investigation into the start of the probe.
Material from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in compiling this report.
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