Six Democrat Party members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump earlier Wednesday (Nov. 14) amid some pushback from fellow party members to the motion. As reported by The Hill, the lawmakers allege in the articles that President Trump is a danger to the country by Democratic leadership in the House believes the timing is wrong.
The Hill Reports:
“Given the magnitude of the constitutional crisis, there’s no reason for delay,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), the sponsor of the resolution.
Joining Cohen in endorsing the articles are Democratic Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.), Al Green (Texas), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), John Yarmuth (Ky.) and Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.).
The lawmakers pointed to numerous actions by Trump they say make him unfit to be president, but they singled out five actions they say rise to a level meriting impeachment.
Among those, the lawmakers say Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the federal investigation into Moscow’s 2016 election meddling — a probe that has included questions of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign team.
They’re also accusing Trump of violating the foreign emoluments clause, which bars public officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments without Congress’s consent, and the domestic emoluments clause, which bars the president from profiting from his office.
Finally, the Democrats say the president has undermined two of the country’s central institutions — the courts and the press — in ways that threaten the health of the nation’s democracy.
While the effort from House Dems was not unexpected given the climate on the Hill regarding Trump and his policies, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer stand in opposition of the articles with Hoyer saying he agrees with the reasoning but thinks the actions are happening far too soon.