House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump
Posted November 15, 2017 10:26 a.m. EST
WASHINGTON (CNN) — 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.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, introduced five articles of impeachment that include obstruction of justice for Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, 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," he said.
Cohen, the ranking member on the House judiciary committee's Constitution subcommittee, acknowledged the limitations of his proposal.
"I don't expect the House judiciary committee, which is operated like a branch of the administration, to take up hearings," he said.
He told members of the press he would likely be facilitating briefings in lieu of 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 beside Cohen.
CNN has reached out to the White House for a response.
This isn't the first time Democrats have argued to impeach Trump. Earlier this month, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, said the President has committed "significant constitutional impeachable violations," adding that Democrats needed to act.