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PSU political science professor says specter of impeachment is haunting Trump

Portland State University political science professor Ron Tammen. (KATU Photo)

Portland State University political science professor Ron Tammen believes the impeachment call against President Donald Trump is growing louder.

"We're inching up on the impeachment question, if not already there," said Tammen in an interview from his Lake Oswego home Tuesday night.

Tammen weighed in with his analysis after the latest revelations from Washington D.C. The New York Times first reported that former FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo detailing how Trump asked him to stop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The conversation allegedly took place in the Oval Office in February.

The White House has denied the accuracy of the report. If it is true, Tammen blames Trump's political inexperience rather than any nefarious purpose.

"He has a total lack of preparation for this job," said Tammen. "He doesn't know how government operates or how it works. He doesn't know the SOPs, the standard operating principles of government."

Tammen believes Trump's personal style has harmed his presidency.

"I think he's a narcissist, and that he surrounds himself with people that only bring good news to him," said Tammen. "Can he learn? Can he change in office, can he surround himself with people that are willing to say, 'No, don't do that, you haven't thought your way through it, you're not prepared for it.'"

Tammen also believes the troubles with Trump will just keep coming and that more Republicans may turn on him.

"Oh, there will be more," said Tammen. "Because there's going to be a follow-up to each of these crises that we've just opened the book on. We haven't read too far into these books. There's going to be subpoena after subpoena for more information. I think if there are any more crises after this or more evidence about obstruction that comes to bear on the situation, the Senate Republicans would be the first to turn and then the House Republicans later."


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