House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump

Frederick Owens
November 18, 2017

"The time has come to make clear to the American people and to this President that his train of injuries to our Constitution must be brought to an end through impeachment".

Cohen, who said other House members will sign "immediately or soon thereafter", told reporters he doesn't expect hearings.

Although they don't believe their efforts stand much of a chance, with Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate, House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against Donald Trump on Wednesday.

"We have taken this action because of great concern for our country and our Constitution, our national security and our democracy", Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said at a news conference.

Fudge and her colleagues say Trump has violated the Constitution by attempting to impede a federal investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 presidential election, trying to undermine the federal judiciary's independence, undermining freedom of the press and having businesses he owns accept payments from US and foreign governments.

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Cohen is asking the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the filings, instead of forcing the full chamber to vote right away on impeachment.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since responded to the impeachment articles, saying that the time spent on impeachment "would be better spent focusing on tax relief for American families and businesses". "It's time for Congress to take action to stop this reckless and harmful behavior by removing Mr. Trump from office and to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States." . And California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters continues to rally similar support - most recently at a Glamour magazine event Monday night in NY when she asked atendees to chant with her, "Impeach him".

Pelosi, of California, and minority whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, have opposed impeachment.

The hundreds of thousands of dollars his hotels made from events conducted by foreign entities including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Embassy of Kuwait violates "emoluments" provisions in the Constitution that ban presidents from accepting money from foreign entities without permission from Congress, the impeachment proponents say. "I think this will not hurt the Democrats in 2018".

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