Kentucky Democrat says impeachment is inevitable: ‘We need to start the process of removing Trump from office’
President Donald Trump has slammed opposition Democrats for launching a sprawling new investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and abuse of office. (AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth told CNN Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump will "inevitably" be impeached, and provided several reasons why.

"I think he probably ought to be impeached because of the budget document he sent up to the Hill yesterday," Yarmuth joked before getting down to brass tacks. "In my opinion, if impeachment is to mean anything, and it is in the Constitution for a reason, it is because when we see evidence of impeachable offenses we need to start the process to remove the president from office."

"I think we are essentially in the beginning of an impeachment process. Impeachment process begins with hearings," he continued. "Judiciary Committee is holding them, Intelligence Committee, the Oversight Committee. We are gathering evidence of many of the possible impeachable offenses. I happen to believe there is sufficient evidence of abuse of power, violating the emoluments clause."

"People confuse evidence with proof," Yarmuth went on. "There is an abundance of evidence, for instance, that the Trump campaign, for instance, cooperated with the Russians in the middle of the 2016 election. Is there proof? Not yet. Maybe."

"I don't think right now there is a way to get 218 votes on the floor of the House for an impeachment," he said. "I think that's not a matter of whether, but it is a matter of when."

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