The media has long known about the dangers of Trump and the GOP’s attempts to keep him out of the White House.
Now, it’s taking another step toward covering Trump and his administration with an entirely different lens.
The Associated Press and other media outlets have begun focusing on what Trump could do if he were to be impeached, something the president has denied ever having done.
The AP has even taken to its website to report on its new position that Trump is guilty of obstructing justice, a charge that has no basis in fact.
“If he were convicted, he would be the first president in U.S. history to be convicted of obstruction of justice,” AP senior reporter Greg Jaffe wrote.
The article, titled “Is Donald Trump guilty of obstruction?” was posted Tuesday morning and has since garnered over 4,000 likes.
The decision to focus on the president’s impeachment comes as the Trump administration has continued to make a concerted effort to discredit the investigation into his 2016 election victory.
In March, for instance, the administration tried to deflect from the investigation by claiming that the president had lost his temper when he confronted former FBI Director James Comey.
But as AP’s Jaffe pointed out, Trump has not been impeached since 1973.
The news agency also has a new report that the U.K.’s Sunday Times, a newspaper with a more conservative slant, has endorsed Trump’s impeachment.
The Trump administration is trying to use the AP story as a pretext to keep reporting on the investigation.
Jaffe noted that Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, and White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, have both been in regular contact with AP reporters.
“The AP’s role as a trusted source for the president, the president himself and his staff is one of the reasons why the AP has become so critical of him,” Jaffe told NBC News.
“They’ve been trying to discredit him for years, so this is the perfect opportunity for them to use it to try and discredit this investigation,” he said.
“It’s an opportunity for AP to do their job and expose the president.”
In an interview with ABC News, AP reporter Josh Lederman said that AP was using the article to try to “put pressure on the White Houses lawyers” to drop the case against Trump.
“What we’re doing is basically using the AP article as a way to get the White house lawyers to drop that case,” Lederman told ABC News.
“We’re going to have to continue to do that, even as we work with the Whitehouse lawyers, because the AP is an important part of our journalism and AP has a lot of credibility in terms of covering this.”
The AP did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.