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New Articles Of Impeachment Announced Against Trump

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Five new articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump have been introduced by six House Democrats.

Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen, Al Green, John Yarmuth, Marcia Fudge, Adriano Espaillat and Luis Gutierrez introduced five new articles of impeachment arguing that Trump is a danger to the United States, The Hill reported.

“Given the magnitude of the constitutional crisis, there’s no reason for delay,” Cohen said during a news conference on Nov. 15.

The representatives cited several actions by Trump that they believe make him unfit to be president. They narrowed the list down to five incidents that they feel warrants impeachment.

One of those listed actions was the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Lawmakers believe that Trump obstructed justice by terminating Comey, who was leading the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election at the time.

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The six lawmakers also accused the president of violating the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses. The foreign emoluments clause prohibits public officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments, while the domestic emoluments clause prohibits presidents from profiting from the office.

The Democrats added that Trump has damaged the health of the nation's democracy by consistently undermining the court and the press.

Green, who drafted articles of impeachment on his own in October, said the impeachment clause “was drafted for a time such as this and a president such as this.” His initial articles of impeachment made the argument that Trump's presidency has created racial and ethnic divisions in the United States.

Another impeachment effort was launched by Rep. Brad Sherman. That article was also based on the Comey firing. Sherman did not join his colleagues on Nov. 15, although Cohen said many other lawmakers are expected to sign on “immediately or soon thereafter.”

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The Republican National Committee has since responded to the new articles of impeachment, calling them a "baseless radical effort" by the Democratic party.

“House Democrats lack a positive message and are completely unwilling to work across the aisle, so instead they’ve decided to support a baseless radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with," RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement. "Republicans are focused on issues the middle class actually cares about, like cutting taxes and growing the economy."

Trump took to Twitter later that day to blast Democrats for resisting his tax plan.

"Why are Democrats fighting massive tax cuts for the middle class and business (jobs)? The reason: Obstruction and Delay!" the president tweeted.

Sources: The Hill, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Public Domain Pictures, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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