A Congressman is filing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his comments about the events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) announced the filing Thursday.
In his filing, Cohn writes:
“I have expressed great concerns about President Trump’s ability to lead our country in the Resolution of No Confidence (H.Res. 456) that I introduced in July with 29 of my colleagues; however, after the President’s comments on Saturday, August 12 and again on Tuesday, August 15 in response to the horrific events in Charlottesville, I believe the President should be impeached and removed from office.”
Cohen claimed the president didn’t condemn hateful actions of white nationalists and instead said there were fine people on both sides. “There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen,” Cohen writes.
President Trump did, in fact, denounce white supremacists and hate speech on Monday, but Cohen doesn’t acknowledge that.
Instead, Cohen continues:
“In reaction to the downfall of the Confederacy, and the subsequent passage of the Reconstruction Amendments to our constitution, the KKK embarked on a dastardly campaign to terrorize and intimidate African Americans from exercising their newly acquired civil rights. Subsequent incarnations of the Klan continued to terrorize African Americans with lynchings and civil rights murders…”
Representing a large portion of Memphis, TN since 2007, Cohen told reporters in his Memphis office that with a Republican majority in Congress, impeachment seems unlikely. When asked if Republican leadership would proceed with impeachment hearings, Cohen said, “I think it’s more likely we’re going to have snow tomorrow.”
Cohen said the events in Charlottesville, and the president’s comments after, prompted him to act, “both as a Jew and as a representative of a majority African-American district,” the Tennessean reports.
Citing TV coverage of the events, Cohen said it reminded him of Nazi actions against Jews in Germany.”I couldn’t believe it was America,” he said. Cohen expressed concern for the “majority of people in his district,” saying the president might target them.
When reporters asked what exactly the articles of impeachment would say, Cohen replied that the “high crimes and misdemeanors” language in the constitution is vague. By his estimation, theoretically Congress could impeach a president for even a minor crime like jaywalking. Yet failure to act against domestic enemies, like white supremacists, is another crime worth considering.
In a statement released earlier, Cohen said, “Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the president said ‘there were very fine people on both sides.’ There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen.”
Cohen also noted hopefully that ongoing investigations into Russian collusion could provide proof of specific crimes committed by the president.
Many Democratic and Republican lawmakers have distanced themselves from the president after he maintained that there were many groups acting violently in Charlottesville.
Cohen isn’t the first lawmaker to pursue impeachment. In June, Reps. Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Al Green (DX) also introduced an article of impeachment.
Cohen also filed a no confidence resolution against Trump in June, along with 23 House Democrats, citing unacceptable behavior by the president of the United States.
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) August 17, 2017
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