CNN reported on Friday that President Donald Trump's White House counsel is seeking experts on impeachment proceedings in order to prepare for the "possibility" of a Trump ouster.
CNN's justice correspondent Evan Perez reports, "lawyers in the White House counsel's office have consulted experts in impeachment during the past week and have begun collecting information on how such proceedings would work". Among those present was lawyer and Trump surrogate Michael Cohen. Some call it an obstruction of justice meant to interfere with the bureau's investigation of Trump's campaign ties to Moscow.
One outside attorney close to the office of White House counsel Don McGahn cast doubt on impeachment preparations, saying it wouldn't be something McGahn would authorize.
In addition to all of this, the Times also reported that the Trump team knew Flynn was under investigation by the FBI for possibly being an agent of the Turkish government when it hired him to be National Security Advisor.
The research is being described as being done out of an abundance of caution, as Trump still believes that he has the backing of Republican allies in Congress and that impeachment is not in the cards.
So far, two House Democrats - Reps. In addition, several more lawmakers from both parties have raised the possibility of impeaching the president, but fallen short of explicitly voicing support for it. In separate stories on Friday alone, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that a senior member of the administration has become a "significant person of interest" in the Russia probe, and that Trump told the Russian Foreign Minister that former FBI Director James Comey's dismissal relieved "great pressure" on his administration.