Democrats officially introduce articles of impeachment against Trump

Steve Cohen to hold briefings over Trump's 'train of injuries to our Constitution'

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House Democrats have taken the step to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

In addition to obstruction of justice related to Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, the articles of impeachment include two emoluments clause violations, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and undermining the freedom of the press.

“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,” Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, said.

Cohen, who is the ranking member on the House judiciary committee’s Constitution subcommittee, admitted that with the Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, it’s unlikely that impeachment will be successful. For that reason, Cohen said, he would probably be holding briefings, not 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.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since responded to the impeachment articles, saying that the time spent on 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.