President Trump aide warns 'civil war' if he's impeached

Roger Stone is one of Donald Trump's most trusted advisors.
Roger Stone is one of Donald Trump's most trusted advisors. Photo credit: Reuters

One of US President Donald Trump's most trusted advisors has cautioned politicians considering a push for impeachment that they could be signing their own death warrant.

Roger Stone says "a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you've never seen" would follow any attempt to force Mr Trump out of the Oval Office.

Speaking to TMZ, Mr Stone dared members of Congress to try to impeach him - but warned that they may well be creating an all-out civil war in the United States.

"Both sides are heavily armed, my friend - this is not 1974," he said, referencing the impeachment of Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal.

The remarks follow efforts from a number of US politicians to start the impeachment process against President Trump.

The most recent came this month from US Representative Steve Cohen, who claims Mr Trump's much-maligned response to the Charlottesville rally showed his lack of moral leadership.

"People will not stand for [the impeachment of President Trump]," Mr Stone continued. "Any politician who votes for it would be endangering their own life.

"There will be violence on both sides. Let me make this clear: "I'm not advocating violence, I am predicting it."

Earlier in his response, Mr Stone said the people calling for his impeachment were just upset because the candidate they backed during the election lost.

"They need to get over it," he said.

"They lost. Their candidate had every advantage: They spent US$2 billion, we spent US$275 million.

"Sorry, we whipped their ass. It is over. You lost."