House Dems introduce impeachment articles against Trump

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Republicans chided initiatives to impeach the president, calling the move a "baseless radical effort".

Several House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment targeting President Trump on Wednesday, asserting that Trump has violated the Constitution. "We believe President Trump has violated the Constitution". Cohen noted that numerous Democrats "constrained by strong Trump supporters" in their districts were unlikely to back the resolution.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee introduced new articles of impeachment against President Trump, citing several of his actions during his time in office as "violations of the U.S. Constitution". Also at the press conference were Representatives Adriano Espaillat of NY and Al Green of Texas.

Riemers says he plans to add more signs soon.

"It's not someplace that I think we should go", the California Democrat said.

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In response to the resolution, a Republican House Judiciary Committee aide told Politico that, "It's the policy of the committee to consider impeachment articles if and when the constitutional criteria for impeachment exist". While the committee did not conduct its own investigation in the case of President Bill Clinton, who became just the second president to be impeached after Andrew Johnson, it drafted the four impeachment articles and voted to send them to the House.

The articles target Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, perceived violations of the Emoluments Clause, as well as actions "undermining" the judiciary and freedom of the press. And the Democratic leadership has been reticent to back impeachment, citing the need to allow the FBI's Russian Federation probe to conclude. While a few Republicans, such as Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, have begun openly criticizing the president, there is little sign of widespread dissension, particularly with the crucial goal of tax reform still yet to be achieved. "Democratic leaders have argued that the impeachment campaign riles up Trump's GOP base, a critical bloc in next year's midterm elections".

The articles of impeachment also charge that Trump has accepted without the consent of Congress emoluments from foreign states and from the US government.

In an interview with CNN on November 5 she said even if the Democrats gain control of the House in 2018 impeachment wouldn't be a priority for her.

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