Bill Maher calls for impeachment of 'sick man' Trump: 'You have to go ahead and do it'

Bill Maher calls for impeachment of 'sick man' Trump: 'You have to go ahead and do it'
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HBO host Bill Maher on Tuesday called for the impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE, calling him a "sick man."

"I wasn’t necessarily for impeachment until recently," Maher said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball."

"But I think you have to go ahead and do it. I know it’s pretty hard to convict — but if you don’t do it with him, where is the bar? And what sort of damage is he going to do for the next two years that he is in this office?" 

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"I don’t know how we get out of this except by getting him out of office," Maher said.

Democratic leaders in Congress have been cautious on impeachment, worried it could backfire on their party.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Pelosi accuses Barr of 'single-minded effort' to protect Trump against Mueller report Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings MORE (D-Calif.) has said any effort to impeach Trump would have to be "so clearly bipartisan," setting a high bar for moving forward with impeachment.

“If there's to be grounds for impeachment of President Trump — and I'm not seeking those grounds — that would have to be so clearly bipartisan in terms of acceptance of it before I think we should go down any impeachment path,” Pelosi told USA Today earlier this month.

But there is support for impeachment among some liberals in Congress, and Rep. Brad ShermanBradley (Brad) James ShermanDems offer bill directing IRS to create free online tax filing service Secrecy behind Saudi nuclear talks infuriates Congress Tlaib unveils resolution to investigate Trump impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) introduced articles of impeachment against Trump on the first day of the new Congress. 

Impeaching the president would require a majority vote in the House. Conviction in the Senate would require a two-thirds vote. 

Maher made his remarks during a conversation about Trump's alleged ties with Russia. 

"Hardball" host Chris Matthews asked Maher about a recent report that FBI officials debated whether Trump was "acting at the behest of" Russia after he fired former FBI Director James Comey in 2017. 

"I think what you have to understand about him is that he is this clinical narcissist," Maher said. "There is no difference in his mind, his sick mind, between doing what is right for him and doing what is right for the country." 

"I don’t think he thinks in terms of whether he is betraying anybody," Maher continued. "There is no betraying, there is only what is right and good for Donald Trump."