President Trump’s short administration has been marked by violation after violation of law and order, and five House Democrats have had enough.
At a Wednesday press conference, the representatives, led by Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, formally announced their introduction of articles of impeachment against the president.
One of those involved in the effort posted an image of the resolution calling for impeachment hearings on Twitter.
Rep. Cohen told the press:
‘We believe that President Trump has violated the Constitution and we’ve introduced five articles of impeachment. The first is obstruction of justice and deals with Mr. Comey’s firing. The second deals with the violation of the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause, which deals with moneys he’s taken from foreign powers without the consent of Congress. The third is a violation of the domestic emoluments clause, which deals with monies he’s made from the United States… the fourth is undermining our federal judiciary and the fifth is undermining the freedom of the press.’
Watch their press conference below.
The Congresspeople most certainly have a solid case against the president, who just recently returned from a nearly two-week-long tour of Asia, and they didn’t even have to reference the Russia scandal to make their case.
Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May as the Russia investigation was heating up, seeming to make himself guilty of obstruction of justice in doing so. Not too long after Comey’s firing, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia investigation. Mueller just recently introduced his first charges against a member of the Trump team.
The congresspeople’s other allegations against the president are similarly well founded.
As for the second and third alleged violations of the law, Trump has already faced significant legal challenges for continuing to profit from his businesses as president. He’s even made money from the Secret Service through having them pay for their accommodations to protect him when he’s at one of his own properties. Sure, Trump turned over executive control of his businesses to his two adult sons, but that’s far from enough.
Trump has attacked the independence of the nation’s judiciary numerous times, including most recently through his revived calls for an investigation into Hillary Clinton.
He’s also attacked the nation’s judicial system after his racist travel bans got struck down.
As for his attacks on the press, they are well documented. He routinely lashes out against news reports he doesn’t like by claiming “fake news,” undermining the freedom of the press to operate without fear of retaliation in the process.
Just recently, while in the Philippines, Trump laughed with the brutal dictator Rodrigo Duterte when he called the members of the media “spies.”
Although their effort is unlikely to succeed since Republicans presently hold the majority in the House of Representatives, at the very least, the introduction of these articles of impeachment creates a situation where House members will have to go on record either in support of or in opposition to the president’s oppressive policies.
Democratic member of the House Rep. Al Green has attempted to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump in the past, although his efforts didn’t take off. If the House falls into Democratic hands come 2018, it could create conditions ripe for articles of impeachment getting off the ground.
Featured image via screenshot from Facebook.