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Growing Number Of Democrats Supports Trump Impeachment

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A House bill aimed at impeaching President Donald Trump is winning increased support from Democratic representatives.

Four more Democrats signed a bill aimed at declaring Trump unfit to be in office following his tweets about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, The Hill reported.

The bill, introduced in April by Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, calls for the creation of a congressional "oversight" commission that would have the power to declare Trump incapacitated and thus unfit for office under the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.

Trump tweeted June 29 that Brzezinski "was bleeding badly from a face-lift," leading to criticism from even some Republicans, according to Newsweek. Over the weekend, Trump posted an edited clip from his 2007 match against Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania, a CNN logo superimposed on McMahon's face.

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Raskin responded to Trump's comments about Brzezinski by sending out an email to encourage his Democratic colleagues to get behind his bill.

"In case of emergency, break glass," Raskin said, according to The Hill. "If you look at the record of things that have happened since January, it is truly a bizarre litany of events and outbursts."

Raskin argued that Trump's tweets demonstrated that the president was unstable.

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"I assume every human being is allowed one or two errant and seemingly deranged tweets," added Raskin. "The question is whether you have a sustained pattern of behavior that indicates something is seriously wrong."

The bill has now been signed by 25 Democrats, including former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan.

Raskin's proposal is not the only initiative seeking to impeach Trump; Democratic Reps. Al Green of Texas and Brad Sherman of California announced they are drafting separate articles of impeachment against Trump following his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey in May.

Green alleged in a House speech in May that Comey's firing meant Trump was guilty of obstructing justice, as Comey was overseeing the investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

A protest was held July 2 in downtown Los Angeles calling for Trump's impeachment. Several thousand demonstrators carried signs and chanted "Down, down, down with Trump, up, up, up with the people," the Los Angeles Times reported.

A counter-protest by several dozen Trump supporters occurred outside the Los Angeles Police Department. Trump supporters dismissed the Russia inquiry, arguing that the president was right to try and talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sources: The Hill, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek / Photo credit: Gregory Varnum/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Steve Bott/Flickr

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