Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Five Democrats Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

Five Democrats Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

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 USA and foreign governments.

"Article II Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America was drafted for a time such as this and a president such as Trump", Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, told reporters at a news conference at the Capitol.

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.

A resolution calling for impeachment hearings.

Reps. Marcia Fudge of OH and John Yarmuth of Kentucky also plan to sign on.

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

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.

"It's not someplace that I think we should go", the California Democrat said. He said the group will hold occasional briefings to explain each of the five articles of impeachment and where they believe Trump ran afoul of the law or committed misdeeds that warrant impeachment.

The lawmakers are at odds with the leadership in their party, however.

Likewise, Rep. Steny Hoyer, the minority whip, opposed the effort.

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.

Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement, "House Democrats lack a positive message and are completely unwilling to work across the aisle, so instead they've chose to support a baseless radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with". "Republicans are focused on issues the middle class actually cares about, like cutting taxes and growing the economy".

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