Six Democrats Introduce Five Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
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In what has been the most significant effort to remove this current president from office, a group of Democrats announced that they would be filing multiple articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The initiative was led by Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee who first announced his plan to pursue impeachment when Trump said that there were “very fine people on both sides” after the White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A rally that resulted in the death of three people, including Heather Heyer, a citizen protesting against the White nationalists.
Cohen was joined by Democrat Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, Representatives Adriano Espaillat of New York and Al Green of Texas. Representatives Marcia Fudge of Ohio, and John Yarmuth of Kentucky. Cohen said that there were others from the House who would also be willing to join.
Cohen said, “We have taken this action because of great concern for our country and our Constitution, our national security and our democracy. We believe that President Trump has violated the Constitution and we’ve introduced five articles of impeachment.”
The five articles include:
– Obstruction of justice which deals with Mr. Comey’s firing
– A violation of the foreign emoluments clause which deals with the money he’s taken from foreign powers without the consent of Congress
– A violation of the domestic emoluments clause which deals with the money he’s made from his personal businesses beyond his salary which is forbidden by the constitution.
– Undermining federal judiciary
– Undermining freedom of the press
Cohen said he and the other Democrats who supported the articles are calling upon the House Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment hearings immediately.
According to Newsweek, with the House controlled mostly by Republicans this push toward impeachment will be an uphill battle. Members of the House would need a majority vote in favor of impeachment. In the Senate, a two-thirds majority is required in order to convict.
While there have been some Republicans who have broken rank and criticized Trump, there are many others who are choosing the party as they are still hoping to accomplish the goal of tax reform.
You can listen to Cohen introducing the articles in the video below