A group of House Democrats held a press conference Wednesday to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Citing national security concerns, Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Al Green (D-TX), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), John Yarmuth (D-KY) introduced five articles of impeachment against Trump, The Hill reported.
“We have taken this action because of great concern for our country and our Constitution, our national security, and our democracy,” Cohen said. “We believe that President Trump has violated the Constitution, and we've introduced five articles of impeachment.”
Six House Dems led by @RepCohen call for impeachment of Pres Trump for violating Constitution and threat to Democracy. They concede GOP-majority on House Judiciary will never agree to impeachment hearings. pic.twitter.com/wWzxyVgDof
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 15, 2017
The articles of impeachment introduced by the small group of House Democrats cover a variety of controversies from the first year of the Trump administration. According to Rep. Cohen, the impeachable offenses committed by the president include:
- The firing of former FBI Director James Comey
- Violations of the foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution
- Violations of the domestic emoluments clause of the Constitution
- Undermining the federal judiciary
- Undermining freedom of the press
While the introduction of articles of impeachment is technically a concrete step toward removing the president, it's still a long shot. With only six members currently supporting the resolution, the Democrats fall 212 votes short of the majority required to impeach a president.
A resolution calling for impeachment hearings. pic.twitter.com/JNJAshC5bf
— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) November 15, 2017
If by some stretch the current group of six is able to rally the support of all 188 of their fellow Democrats and an additional 24 Republicans, the Senate would still need to two-thirds of that chamber to vote to remove the president.
There has been no indication that the Republican majority in the House and Senate would even consider impeaching the president.
Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens gave the following statement to Independent Journal Review:
“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.”
You can watch the press conference below.
NOTE: This article has been updated.