Tlaib: Trump impeachment resolution about ‘holding him accountable’

Rashida Tlaib (left) and Donald Trump (right)

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) will introduce a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump, according to her office.

Tlaib’s resolution will specifically ask the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to investigate grounds for impeachment — a move that comes after the release of a video in which the congresswoman vowed to supporters that she would work to impeach the president.

“If we don’t hold impeachment proceedings today, start them today and hold him accountable to following [the] United States Constitution, think about that,” she said at an event with activists in the background. “This is not going to be the last CEO that runs for president of the United States. This is not going to be the last person who tries to get away with this.”

Her Wednesday announcement came after meeting with activists near her Capitol Hill office who advocated for congressional lawmakers to take steps to oust Trump.

“This president continues to violate the Constitution and perform impeachable actions while in the Oval Office,” Tlaib said in a statement.

Donald Trump | Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

“From campaign finance violations, violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, to obstruction of justice, his conduct has created a constitutional crisis that we must confront now,” she continued. “Congress must be a check on this President and we must act swiftly.”

Tlaib previously came under fire after a video leaked in which she told supporters after her inauguration, “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!”

The criticism tended to deal more with her explicit language than the call to impeach Trump.

Arguments for impeachment

Democrats, who won control of the U.S. House this year, have launched several investigations into Trump after Republicans largely avoided taking on the president last term.

The U.S. House Oversight Committee, upon which Tlaib serves, last week questioned former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

Michael Cohen (C), President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney | Yana Paskova, Getty Images

Various committees have requested documents from the president and top officials, including his sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. President Trump’s tax returns could be next.

While Democratic committee chairs have not called for impeachment, Tlaib and others have been vocal that they believe it’s warranted.

Liberals and others have argued that the 2016 Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia and his alleged obstruction of justice in the ensuing federal investigation are grounds for impeachment.

Democrats like U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) also have said his business dealings and payments to adult actress Stormy Daniels, with whom he allegedly had an affair, could be grounds for impeachment.

A federal watchdog group has suggested that the president’s International Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., may violate U.S. Constitution clauses meant to prevent corruption — known as the Emoluments Clause.

The office — called the U.S. Office of Inspector General — released a report that said the constitution was “improperly ignored” related to the sale of a former post office building in D.C. that became the Trump International Hotel.

Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. | Creative Commons

Inspector General Carol F. Ochoa has said that Trump’s interest in the lease “raised issues under the U.S. Constitution that might cause a breach of the lease,” but the report did not delve into the issue of whether his lease on the property actually violated the Emoluments Clause.

The building’s lease stated that no “elected official of the Government … shall be admitted to share any part of this Lease, or any benefit that may arise therefrom.”

Trump’s lawyers say he signed the lease before he was elected president.

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer has argued that numerous Trump business interests have violated the constitution’s anti-corruption Emoluments Clause, and has said Trump should be impeached for that and other reasons.

Tom Steyer | Wikimedia Commons

The Need to Impeach campaign, spearheaded by Steyer, cites the following alleged offenses:

  • Obstructing justice
  • Violating the Emoluments Clause
  • Conspiring with others to commit crimes against the U.S.
  • Advocating violence and undermining equal protection under the law
  • Abusing the pardon power
  • Engaging in conduct that grossly endangers U.S. peace and security
  • Directing law enforcement to investigate and prosecute political adversaries for improver and unjustified purposes
  • Undermining the freedom of the press
  • Cruelly and unconstitutionally imprisoning children and their families
  • Violating campaign finance laws

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