Comey memo could be the smoking gun that leads to Trump’s impeachment

If accurate, the revelation that President Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of fired aide Michael Flynn is “almost the textbook definition of obstruction of justice” and could lead to impeachment proceedings, reports CNN. That’s the explosive consequence of today’s New York Times bombshell that Comey wrote a memo describing a meeting with Trump in which the president told him “I hope you can let this go” about the probe into Flynn as part of the larger investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

When asked about the possibility of impeachment if the report is accurate, independent Maine Senator Angus King told CNN, “Reluctantly I have to say yes.” And Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has already written a letter to the FBI requesting all documents it has about communications between Trump and Comey. The White House is denying the reports.

More than just about every other Trump scandal over the last few months, this one really poses the greatest risk to Trump’s presidency. And yet, as my wife just said to me tonight, “How many times have we heard before that this could really be it for him?”

(For excellent legal analyses of how obstruction of justice applies in this case and how this memo could lead to impeachment proceedings, read these articles in Lawfare and Slate.)