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House Democrats Introduce 5 Articles of Impeachment Against Donald Trump

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 Wednesday. CNN reports that the five articles of impeachment introduced by Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen include obstruction of justice for the firing of former FBI director James Comey, two emoluments clause violations, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and undermining the freedom of the press.

Washington (CNN)House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday against President Donald Trump, though they acknowledged their efforts have no chance of success while Republicans control both houses of Congress. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, introduced five articles of impeachment that include obstruction of justice for Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, two emoluments clause violations, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and undermining the freedom of the press.

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“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,” he said. Cohen, the ranking member on the House judiciary committee’s Constitution subcommittee, acknowledged the limitations of his proposal.
“I don’t expect the House judiciary committee, which is operated like a branch of the administration, to take up hearings,” he said. He told members of the press he would likely be facilitating briefings in lieu of hearings.
“There are many reasons why I think the President is an awful President, an awful person, but not all those reasons rise to the level of impeaching a sitting President. We are not seeking his impeachment because of what he did before he was President,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Illinois, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said beside Cohen.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded in a statement, saying time spent calling for Trump’s impeachment “would be better spent focusing on tax relief for American families and businesses.”
“It’s disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President’s decisive victory in last year’s election,” she said.
Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, called the impeachment effort “radical.”
“House Democrats lack a positive message and are completely unwilling to work across the aisle, so instead they’ve decided to support a baseless radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Democrats have argued to impeach Trump. Earlier this month, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, said the President has committed “significant constitutional impeachable violations,” adding that Democrats needed to act.

Cohen, who is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution subcommittee, said, “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. He also acknowledged the limitations of his proposal, adding, “I don’t expect the House Judiciary Committee, which is operated like a branch of the administration, to take up hearings.”

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This is one of those things where we have to be very careful with what we wish for. If Trump were to be impeached, we would be left with Mike Pence, and that is an even worse alternative. Trump is a bumbling idiot; Pence is a cold, calculating politician with years of experience in trampling on people’s civil rights and infringing on the reproductive rights of women. A Pence presidency could make the Trump presidency look like a cake walk.

It’s like the difference between Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games. Which America would you want to be in? If Trump goes, we have to find a way for him to take his creepy friend with him.

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