The group filed five articles of impeachment against the president, claiming, among other things, that the president obstructed justice in connection with the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and connections to Trump presidential campaign officials; and that he has undermined the federal judiciary and the freedom of the press.
“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.
In the resolution, lawmakers accused Trump of obstructing justice with his firing in May of FBI Director James Comey. In congressional testimony, Comey said he felt the president tried to get him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign less than a month into his tenure after it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with Russian officials.
In response to the resolution, a Republican House Judiciary Committee aide told Politico that, "It's the policy of the committee to consider impeachment articles if and when the constitutional criteria for impeachment exist."
Democrats also expressed skepticism over the future success of the resolution.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said that many Democrats believe that Trump should be impeached, but "we have just made the judgment that the facts aren't there to pursue that," Politico reported.
The Associated Press noted that the measure was likely to fail in the Republican-led House.
“Indeed, the large majority of Democrats seem intent on having nothing to do with the effort either as lawmakers await the results of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia,” the wire service reported. “Democratic leaders have argued that the impeachment campaign riles up Trump's GOP base, a critical bloc in next year's midterm elections.”
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