The White House is reportedly starting to prepare for the distant possibility of impeachment proceedings

White House attorneys are said to be researching impeachment procedures, CNN reported Friday, amid an avalanche of unflattering news hitting President Donald Trump's White House.

Officials at the White House have called a Trump impeachment a "distant" and "unlikely" possibility, according to CNN justice correspondent Evan Pérez, who cited two people briefed on the discussions.

The impeachment research was being conducted as a precautionary measure and was described as an informal process.

Some Democrats on Capitol Hill have been vocal about a potential Trump impeachment in recent days and weeks as pressure mounted in investigations surrounding Russia's US-election meddling and potential collusion with Trump associates. The broader inquiry evolved dramatically in the past 10 days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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Protip: Don’t give the Russians classified information. #Classified101
Protecting our national security is one of the most important tasks a president has, and Trump is failing at it. https://t.co/3hr9htzmZ2
Next time somebody says revealing unconstitutional mass surveillance to the press crossed a line, show them this: https://t.co/Ofr0WRVuso
Shocking actions for any American President but sadly unsurprising coming from President Trump. https://t.co/yPgycqLyda
NEW: Statement from @SpeakerRyan came. “We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount." (1/2)
THIS: .@SpeakerRyan statement on WaPo story (2/2): "The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration."
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@benjaminwittes @BlogsofWar An eloquent friend who has served at high levels just said to me, "For the first time i… https://t.co/68MjJgaHfi
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If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community. Risking sources & methods is inexcusable, particularly… https://t.co/pheWzFNv4a
All 3 statements sent via @PressSec: Tillerson, McMaster & Powell 👇👇 https://t.co/FUa2RNglG3
In 2011, Republican senators added amendment No. 1310 to NDAA to bar sharing classified info on MD with Russians. Will they speak out now?
Pelosi: Trump has "jeopardized the security of the American people." https://t.co/PEFBf2dxWQ
If the Washington Post report is true, it is very disturbing. Revealing classified information at this level is extremely dangerous.
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On Monday, it was reported that Trump shared classified information with two Russian diplomats during an Oval Office meeting last week. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Trump nudged the FBI to drop its investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. And on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to take over the FBI's Russia investigation.

The Trump administration has expressed confidence amid the impeachment chatter, saying the White House believes it still has the support of congressional Republicans, according to CNN.

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