One of Donald Trump's
closest advisers has warned a bloody civil war would erupt if the US President was impeached.
Roger Stone predicted "an insurrection like you've never seen" if politicians sought to remove the US leader from the White House and claimed any politician who voted to topple him "would be endangering their own life".
Talk of impeachment has endured throughout Mr Trump's presidency amid allegations of collusion between Russia and the billionaire Republican's election campaign.
Support for his removal from office has risen to 40 per cent among the American public, according to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) earlier this month.
But Mr Stone, a long-time Trump confidant and former official in Richard Nixon's administration, suggested impeachment proceedings would lead to an armed uprising among the President's supporters.
"Try to impeach him, just try it. You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen," he told entertainment website, TMZ. "The people will not stand for impeachment. A politician that votes for it would be endangering their own life."