Five House Democrats on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, claiming that he has violated the Constitution and expressing “concern” that he is putting the nation’s security at risk.
“We have taken this action because of great concern for our country and our Constitution, our national security and our democracy,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said at a news conference. “We believe President Trump has violated the Constitution.”
The articles accuse Trump of obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey, violating the Emouluments Clause by profiting from being in the White House and undermining the judiciary and freedom of the press.
The action is unlikely to gain any traction in the Republican-controlled Congress.
“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 ,” Cohen said.
He was joined by Reps. Adriano Espaillat of New York, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas.
Green also filed articles of impeachment against Trump last month, but withdrew the resolution.
The Republican National Committee called it a “baseless” effort.
“House Democrats lack a positive message and are completely unwilling to work across the aisle, so instead they’ve decided 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,” said RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said there’s little appetite to try to impeach Trump.
In an interview with CNN on Nov. 5 she said even if the Democrats gain control of the House in 2018 impeachment wouldn’t be a priority for her.
“It’s not someplace that I think we should go,” the California Democrat said.