Six members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump and that effort has the support of three members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Rep. Al Green (left) stands next to Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep.Adriano Espaillat as articles to impeach President Trump are introduced. (Twitter Photo)
The articles charge the president with obstruction of justice, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and other offenses.
The CBC members who co-introduced the impeachment legislation are U.S. Reps. Al Green (D-Texas) and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio).
“In the nearly 300 days since he was sworn in, it has become evident that President Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy. It is high time that Congress take a serious look at the President’s actions. If those actions are found to be in violation of the Constitution, then the Congress of the United States needs to do the job the American people elected us to do,” Fudge said in a statement on Nov. 15.
Green is not the first Democrat to call for Trump’s impeachment. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has long demanded that Trump be impeached, including on Nov. 13 when she lead a crowd at Glamour’s Women of the Year awards ceremony in an “Impeach him” chant. Reps. Brad Sherman (Calif.) and Green introduced impeachment articles in October but shelved the effort following a gunman killing 58 people in Las Vegas.
The articles of impeachment have been posted on Green’s website since Oct. 16.
“Today, I rise to use the constitutionally prescribed political process of impeachment to speak truth to the most powerful man on earth, the President of the United States of America. I do so knowing that the public has been led to believe that a President must commit a crime to be impeached, which is not true. If any President persisted with the lie that ‘Hitler was right,’ he would be, and should be, impeached not for a crime, but for betraying his trust as President,” Green said in a statement on Oct. 11.
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), who represents a majority Black district in Memphis, Tenn., is the leader of the effort. The other Democrats are Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) and John Yarmouth (D-Ky.).
A spokesperson for the CBC told the AFRO that impeachment was discussed by the group on Sept. 27, in light of the president’s insensitive comments regarding the events in Charlottesville.
“There is strong support for impeachment, but some members want the Mueller investigation to finish and others have political concerns in their home states that might hurt them if they take a position on this too soon,” the spokesperson said.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chair of the CBC, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) have not made any definitive decisions about whether or not they will support the articles of impeachment.
The impeachment effort currently has little chance in the Republican dominated House.