On Wednesday, a group of six House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, ranging from obstruction of justice to undermining the freedom of the press. During a news conference, Rep. Al Green referenced Article II Section IV of the Constitution, stating it was “drafted for a time such as this and a president such as Trump.”
As reported by ABC News, a total of five articles of impeachment were introduced including obstruction of justice in regards to alleged interference in the Russia investigation and the firing of James Comey, violation of Article 1, Section 9 – Foreign Emoluments, violation of Article II, Section 1 – Domestic Emoluments, undermining the independence of the Federal Judiciary and the Rule of Law, and undermining the Freedom of the Press.
The articles were introduced by Green along with Reps. Steven Cohen, Adriano Espaillat, Marcia Fudge, Luis Gutierrez, and John Yarmuth. The step was taken against the wishes of Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, and Whip Steny Hoyer.
“We’ve made the judgment that the facts aren’t there yet,” said Hoyer during a roundtable discussion with congressional reporters. He cited a “number of investigations” that “should run out” before articles of impeachment were pursued.
A number of Democrats have publicly discussed the notion of impeaching Trump over the past few months, but the six representatives today were the first to take formal steps to put the measure forward, allowing it to potentially be considered by the House Judiciary Committee.
Cohen stated, “We have taken this action because of great concerns for the country and our Constitution and our national security and our democracy.”
“There’s some others who might think they just want Mr. Trump to hang himself and think that we don’t need to help him,” said Cohen. “I can’t stand by when [Trump] allows Klansmen and neo-Nazis to demonstrate as they did.”
Gutierrez added, “This is not a substitute for the investigations that should and will go forward, but the Congress needs to get started.”
“This is a process,” continued Gutierrez. “I see a crime, and I have a responsibility to dial 9-1-1 immediately. I don’t call and try to reach consensus with all my neighbors.”
The effort made by the half-dozen Democrats may be considered a long-shot, as it may have little chance of moving forward in the Republican-led House.