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McCollum Co-Sponsors Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

January 29, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today co-sponsored of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Congresswoman McCollum is the first Minnesota legislator to co-sponsor articles of impeachment.

“President Trump has repeatedly and willfully flouted the Constitution and our country’s laws,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “We cannot continue to pretend that President Trump’s conduct is normal, acceptable, or even legal. It is time for Congress to exercise its constitutional responsibility to investigate, issue subpoenas, and commence impeachment hearings to hold President Trump accountable for actions that are corrupting the Presidency and damaging our nation.”

The articles — originally introduced by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) — charge President Trump with obstruction of justice and violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses. Specifically, the articles charge that President Trump has:

  • Obstructed justice, through his repeated attempts to interfere with the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — including his firing of FBI Director James Comey;
  • Violated the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, by accepting, without permission from Congress, payments from foreign governments; and
  • Violated the Constitution’s Domestic Emoluments Clause, by causing the United States government to spend money at businesses he owns.

“The evidence against President Trump is overwhelming and building daily. It is obvious that we need formal Congressional proceedings guided by the Constitution to evaluate these charges and determine in a transparent manner whether Congress should impeach President Trump,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “While this Republican Congress is more interested in covering up for President Trump than fulfilling its constitutional duties, I am convinced the American people will make holding this President accountable for obstructing justice and personally profiting from his office an absolute priority for this Congress and the next.”