WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is looking for co-sponsors on a resolution to determine whether President Donald Trump has committed impeachable acts while in office, according to media reports.
Politico reported in its daily Playbook email Tuesday morning that Tlaib is circulating a letter among colleagues asking them to join a resolution despite the finding by special counsel Robert Mueller that the president did not work with Russia to help him get elected.
The Free Press also learned that Tlaib made short remarks explaining the resolution to House Democratic colleagues at the party’s caucus meeting on Tuesday morning.
Tlaib’s push comes despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion that impeachment proceedings are off the table, at least until there is enough evidence of offenses that could sway Republican opinion in the Senate.
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Tlaib’s letter, however, wants Trump and his businesses investigated to determine if they have violated a provision, known as the emoluments clause, which prohibit him from receiving foreign payments. Several questions have been raised specifically about foreign governments spending at Trump’s D.C. hotel after he became president and whether it was intended to curry his favor.
After getting elected, Trump removed himself from operational control of his businesses but did not give up his ownership stake. His administration has said, however, that funds paid to his hotel from foreign governments are reimbursed to the U.S. Treasury.
Tlaib also wants the House Judiciary Committee to look into whether Trump directed payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels as a way to protect himself during the 2016 election and whether that violated campaign law. She also wants the committee to go through any evidence Mueller may have found as to whether the president committed any crime in trying to foil his investigation.
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It’s not surprising that Tlaib is pushing for the resolution to investigate whether Trump has committed impeachable offenses. She made the case in an opinion piece published in the Free Press before she even took office and made headlines the night she was sworn in when she said referred to the president by a coarse term and said she wanted to impeach him.
An impeachment resolution is unlikely to move forward easily, if at all, however, with Democratic leadership in the U.S. House feeling that the process will take too long and faces an uncertain outcome. There are also political concerns it could put more moderate seats — won in the last election — at risk in 2020 and hurt Democrat’s chances of winning back the White House next year.
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