‘TRUMP MUST GO’: Dems call for Trump impeachment ‘for sake of Constitution’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six House Democrats on Wednesday filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on the grounds that his remaining in office was a threat to national security.

“Given the magnitude of the constitutional crisis, there’s no reason for delay,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), the sponsor of the action.

“We have taken this action because of great concern for our country and our Constitution, our national security and our democracy,” Cohen said at a press conference at the Capitol building. “We believe President Trump has violated the Constitution.”

“Given the magnitude of the constitutional crisis, there’s no reason for delay,” Cohen added. “It’s time for Congress to take action to stop this reckless and harmful behavior by removing Mr. Trump from office and to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.”

Cohen is joined by five of his fellow colleagues, including fellow Judiciary Committee Democrat Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, Representative Adriano Espaillat of New York, Representative Al Green of Texas, Representatives Marcia Fudge of Ohio and John Yarmuth of Kentucky.

The allegations against the 45th president that Cohen says warrants impeachment include obstruction of justice, violations of both the foreign and domestic emoluments clause, undermining the federal judiciary and undermining the freedom of the press.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who serves as minority whip, criticized his colleague’s actions, saying calls for impeachment against Trump are fruitless and represent the wrong move at the wrong time.

“Do we disagree with the policies? We do. But disagreeing with the policies is not enough to overturn an election, a free and fair election,” Hoyer told a waiting sea of reporters shortly after Cohen’s press conference.

“There are a large number of Democrats that believe this president ought to be impeached, we have just a made a judgment that the facts aren’t there to pursue that.”

In a statement, The Republican National Committee scolded Democrats for calling for impeachment.

“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,” spokesman Michael Ahrens said. “Republicans are focused on issues the middle class actually cares about, like cutting taxes and growing the economy.”

This isn’t the first time that Democrats have called for the removal of the 45th president. Green filed his own articles of impeachment last October, claiming Trump was responsible for ongoing racial and ethnic divisions throughout the country.

That attempt failed.

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POTUS UNDER ATTACK: TEXAS DEMOCRAT STARTS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AGAINST TRUMP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas Democrat Rep. Al Green says he’s drafting “articles of impeachment” against President Donald Trump based on accusations that the president fired former FBI director James Comey in an effort to shut down Comey’s investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Green’s revelations come on the eve of Comey’s highly anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Regardless of what revelations come from Comey’s testimony, says Green, his call for impeachment will go forward.

“The facts are simple and indisputable. The President fired the FBI Director because the Director was investigating the President’s campaign connections to Russian interference in the Presidential election,” Green said in a statement. “This is obstruction of justice.”

The Texas senator, who says he’s faced death threats since first taking the floor on May 15 to call for the president’s impeachment, has joined forces with fellow Democrat Maxine Waters in his quest to have Trump removed from office. Waters, too, has been vocal in her desire to see the president impeached.

“I am a voice in the wilderness, but I assure that history will vindicate me,” Green said on the house floor.

Despite his claims, political analysts say Green’s efforts will amount to little more than a lot of talk. With the exception of Waters, few Democrats have come forward to support Green in his efforts.

“I don’t think impeachment is the move right now,” Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, told NBC News last month (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-democrat-rep-al-green-starts-process-impeach-trump-n769051). “I just want to know the facts.”

Even if Green rallies additional support from his fellow Democrats, political analysts say the articles have little chance of seeing the light of day in a House chamber controlled by Republicans.

Mr. Comey, who was abruptly fired by the president last month, is expected to testify on his conversations with the president about the F.B.I.’s investigation into possible links between Trump administration officials and the alleged Russian effort to manipulate the results of the 2016 presidential election.

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PRESIDENT PENCE? VP LAUNCHES SUPER PAC AS RUMORS OF IMPEACHMENT SWIRL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As his boss faces increasing backlash over reports of his alleged ties to Russia, Vice president Mike Pence filed papers on Thursday to launch a political action committee of his own.

The announcement comes just one day after the justice department announced it had appointed a special prosecutor to look into whether or not president Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey had anything to do with his investigation into what, if any, role the Russians played in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

In an interview with Bloomberg (https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-17/pence-takes-steps-to-build-war-chest-as-white-house-stumbles), Nick Ayers, Pence’s senior advisor to the “Great America Committee”, downplayed rumors that the VP was capitalizing on the president’s woes by pouncing on the opportunity to slide in to the Oval Office given the remote chance that impeachment should occur, claiming that the creation of the committee was simply another attempt by Pence to boost the president’s legislative efforts.

“The Vice President is playing a leading role in passing legislation on the Hill,” Ayers said. “He wants to support House and Senate members who are helping pass the president’s agenda.”

Despite his denials, Pence is well aware of the rumors circulating on the Hill. On Wednesday, conservative radio show host Michael Savage opened his show by asking his listeners if Trump should resign in order to save the party’s agenda.

Also on Wednesday, Politico ran an opinion piece (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/17/mike-pence-president-trump-238525) which insinuated that the ultra conservative Pence may be the only hope left in saving the Republican party from collapse.

Once source close to Pence says the rumors of his sharpening the knife to stab the president in the back are “ridiculous”.

“Mike is loyal to the president,” said the source, who wished to speak off the record. “Don’t read anything more into this than his running for re-election as vice president in 2020 and supporting other candidates. This president (president Trump) isn’t going anywhere.”

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