House Democrats start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump

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Written by : Alexandra Wilts

Six Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced articles of impeachment targeting President Donald Trump.

The legislators singled out five of Mr Trump’s actions they say merit impeachment, including his decision to fire FBI director James Comey in May.

They assert that Mr Trump obstructed justice by dismissing the top law enforcement official, who was leading a federal investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Mr Trump has insisted that there was no collusion between his campaign’s advisers and the Kremlin.

“Given the magnitude of the constitutional crisis, there’s no reason for delay,” said Representative Steve Cohen, the sponsor of the resolution. Creating a constitutional crisis would mean the President has disregarded checks on the executive branch.

Joining Mr Cohen in endorsing the articles are Democratic Representatives Luis Gutiérrez, Al Green, Adriano Espaillat, Marcia Fudge and John Yarmuth.

“We believe that President Trump has violated the Constitution, and we’ve introduced five articles of impeachment,” Mr Cohen said at a press conference.

Mr Cohen in August said he intended to introduce impeachment articles against Mr Trump over the President’s response to a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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