Posted by Washington Post Staff writer On a warm Sunday morning in early January, President Donald Trump, with a smile on his face and his eyes on the clock, began his day by watching a movie.
In the dark and foggy early morning hours, he would have been too distracted to notice his watch had he not been sitting with his son Barron, a toddler with blue eyes and a scowl, at the front of the White House.
He would have missed the flick on his television set.
That’s how the president of the United States works in a presidential administration.
But with the news of his son’s sudden death, Trump is now facing the possibility that he might be the first to be impeached for the crimes he has committed.
“The people have spoken, and I’m the president,” Trump said after the movie, after having just wrapped up a long day of meetings with senior officials in the West Wing.
“I will never forget what I said at a campaign rally about the people that elected me.
It was not just the people, it was the entire country.
I will not be forgotten.”
The president and his advisers are not taking this lightly.
They are counting on his unpopularity to propel their agenda forward.
Trump has been in office for only a few months.
He is the president-elect who has been the subject of intense scrutiny by the American public since his election victory.
This time around, though, Trump has not been afforded the opportunity to prove his mettle in a national debate.
That has left him with a limited number of options: impeach, pardon, resign, be removed from office or face the possibility of a criminal conviction.
The White House has tried all of them.
And they all have drawbacks.
The most serious of these is the prospect that Trump could be convicted on charges of obstruction of justice or perjury, though the president has not yet committed such a crime.
The president, in the meantime, has faced criticism from the left, the center, and the center-left for his actions during his presidency.
“It’s time for the Democrats to show that they are the party of the people and that they want to represent the people,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in an interview with CNN.
“We have been talking for some time about impeaching Trump, and they have been slow to act.
They have been a bit obstructionist in the sense that they have not acted.
I think there is a strong case for impeachment.”
On Wednesday, Trump held a news conference at the White, with Vice President Mike Pence in attendance.
The two men were discussing the impeachment process, and Trump said he hoped that the president would have a full opportunity to respond to the charges leveled against him.
“You have to have that opportunity,” he said.
“If he doesn’t, we will have to make a recommendation to the House of Representatives.
We will have an investigation.”
Trump also offered his condolences to the family and friends of the late President John F. Kennedy.
He also criticized Republicans for not doing enough to impeach Trump and for not being as clear about what he would do if convicted.
“What I would say is that I have great respect for John Kennedy and I respect his family, but they have a lot of questions to ask,” Trump told reporters, adding that he did not intend to resign as president.
“John Kennedy was a great president.
He didn’t do anything wrong, and we are going to let him go out the way he wants to go out.”
The day before, Trump announced that he would appoint a special counsel to look into the events that led to Kennedy’s death.
“There’s going to be a special prosecutor,” Trump promised.
“And I think we have got to do something about it.”
A spokesman for the House speaker, Paul Ryan, issued a statement in which he said, “President Trump has made clear that he intends to appoint a ‘special counsel’ to investigate any and all allegations made by the victims of the assassination of John F., Jr. President Trump believes that the American people deserve an answer to those questions and that this special counsel should be tasked with getting to the bottom of the matter.”
Ryan also said that, after meeting with Trump, he is “very confident that the special counsel will find no evidence to support any allegations against President Trump, which is why he will continue to work with the White Houses senior leadership to get to the truth.”
“The president has made it clear that the people who have been wronged in this country deserve answers,” Ryan added.
Ryan said that he expects the special prosecutor to be appointed by the Justice Department.
“No matter what he does, I am confident that this person will be given the resources to do the job that the country needs done,” Ryan said.
As Trump continues to work on his first 100 days in office, there are several things that he could do that would bring him into line with the