Legislation being introduced in Congress to impeach President Trump
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) announced on Wednesday that she will be introducing legislation to impeach President Donald Trump.
Up until this point, the Democratic Party has been largely hesitant to bring up impeachment, instead preferring to wait on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report (also set to be released soon). But, after Michael Cohen's public testimony and closed door testimony today with the House Oversight Committee, some members of Congress seem to think they have what they need.
Rep. Tlaib and others in her party think the timing is right:
"We saw record turnout in an election year, where people wanted to elect a jury that would begin the impeachment proceedings to Donald Trump," Tlaib said before a packed audience in front of her audience on Capitol Hill.
"We want to work on these economic justice issues, racial justice issues and everything. But guess what? There is a wall there, and a constitutional crisis that is not going to [let us] do our jobs as American Congress members to push a lot of these agendas forward."
Still - some leaders of the Democratic Party need to sign off on it. That might not take very much effort given the results of the next several weeks. You can be sure they're playing this game very carefully.
First, Democrats are wanting to ride their current investigations, which are numerous. More information may be needed from Trump's inner circle, for instance. There is talk that Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump will be called to testify next before the House. This talk only heated up after Cohen's testimony. Expect this to cause a dogfight with the White House, which is already refusing to cooperate with Democrats in their inquiries.
"This is the largest class since Watergate," Tlaib said, referring to the freshmen Democrats. "This is a class — a diverse class — that comes ... with a sense of urgency to act. To act to hold corporations accountable, to act in holding President Trump accountable, to act to really try to see real reforms, even within our congressional process."This is an emergency for many of us."