As promised, House members Steve Cohen (D-Tenn) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday, but even they seemed to understand that the gesture was more symbolic than realistic.
The five articles introduced by Cohen on Wednesday included two emoluments clause violations, undermining freedom of the press and federal judiciary independence, and obstruction of justice for firing former FBI Director James Comey.
Four other House members joined Cohen and Gutiérrez, including Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), and John Yarmuth (D-KY).
“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 before acknowledging his efforts had no shot of passage.
“I don’t expect the House judiciary committee, which is operated like a branch of the administration, to take up hearings.” he continued.
Instead of hearings, Cohen told press he and others would be conducting press briefings.
“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,” said Cohen’s cohort, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wondered why these two “extremists” aren’t doing something productive with their time, time that “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,” said Sanders in a statement.
Following a similar theme, RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens also called the impeachment attempt “radical.”
“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,” said Ahrens.
It’s one thing to shout “Impeach 45!” to the cheers of partisan libs, but it seems like even “Crazy Maxine” Waters hasn’t signed on to this Quixotic effort, at least not yet.
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