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GOP And Some Democrats, Too Reject Talk Of Impeachment

August 22, 2018 - 2:54 pm

By LISA MASCARO and STEVE PEOPLES ,  Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Cohen's guilty plea implicating President Donald Trump in a crime is reverberating across the political landscape.

Republicans are rejecting talk of impeachment without evidence of Russian collusion. Democrats, meanwhile, are steering clear of the word, too, and are instead zeroing in on what they call a "cesspool" of corruption engulfing the White House.

Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, has accused the president of directing him to pay hush money to two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump. Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday, the same day former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of financial crimes.

Trump's strongest supporters are taking the view that, so far, there is just no case for impeachment.

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a Trump confidant, is shrugging off the legal developments as just "background noise."

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