House Dems To Introduce Five Articles Of Impeachment

Six House Democrats have announced that they will today be filing articles of impeachment against Trump.

Newsweek reports:

 The move was led by Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee, who first declared his intention to initiate the impeachment process following Trump’s controversial “both sides” remarks in response to deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Cohen is joined in his efforts by five colleagues, including fellow Judiciary Committee Democrat Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, who announced his decision to join the push two weeks ago. Also at the press conference were Representatives Adriano Espaillat of New York and Al Green of Texas. The latter is one of the president’s loudest critics, and he has previously filed his own articles of impeachment.

Five articles of impeachment will be introduced, alleging obstruction of justice, violations of both the foreign and domestic emoluments clause, undermining the federal judiciary and undermining the freedom of the press.

  • HZ81

    Merry early xmas!!

    • Steverino

      Treason’s greetings!

  • TK

    Can’t we start this circus after we’ve made gains in the next election? Where is the focus, people? WHAT. IS. THE. PLAN. FOR. WINNING. IN. THE. MIDTERM!?!

    • Butch

      I don’t think anyone has lost focus on the mid-terms. Walking and chewing gum at the same time and all that; they aren’t exclusive.

      • TK

        Tell that to the news media. Once a real effort begins to impeach then all messaging is dead. It will be 100% impeachment news…Trumps reactions/tweets, his supporters will be focus grouped daily, polls will be analyzed to death, it will flip between the dems have shot themselves/the dems have touched the hearts of America. There is barely any coverage of the current message without the mess of a impeachment fight. When there is coverage of it, it is the media asking “Where are the Democratic leaders?”

        Win the midterms, shit can Trump and then cock block Pence till 2020.

    • another_steve

      Plus we get a President Pence, if Trump is removed from office.

      Why Democrats believe that that would be a good, a desirable, thing is a bit beyond my understanding.

      • Butch

        I’ve read in several places that Pence is setting himself up for his own troubles with his lies and obfuscation. Of course, his removal means President Ryan. Or, FSM willing, President Pelosi.

      • Do Something Nice

        Pence would be ineffective and not have a chance in 2020.

      • Christopher

        I’m only guessing here, but I think the reasoning is that Pence is an evil we’re used to fighting, where as Trump is woefully unstable and a serious danger to the world.

        • Lizard

          Pence won’t blow up the world. Thin praise to be sure, but it’s thin praise that can’t be given to Hair Furor.

      • RyanInIllinois

        Why in the world people would think that, when faced with two evils, you should not try to get rid of at least one of them, is beyond me.

        • Chucktech

          Probably because Evil #2 is currently in the impotent and emasculating position of Vice President.

        • another_steve

          Pence is smart, articulate and an experienced politician. As President, he’d get stuff done. Bad stuff, but he’d get it done. He’s also a proven dyed-in-the-wool theofascist. Having him as leader of the free world would be a very very dangerous thing.

          Trump is a buffoon. A clown. I don’t live in fear that he’ll initiate nuclear war. Nuclear conflagration wouldn’t be good for the sale of his daughter’s designer shoes or for the occupancy rate in his golf resorts.

          I say let Trump stay where he is and drag down with himself the entire hateful Republican Party.

          • RyanInIllinois

            And, again, you think having Trump as leader of the free world is a safe choice? I bet the rest of the free world (and the unfree world, for that matter), begs to differ. This man is singlehandedly undermining longstanding, fundamental democratic norms (which, by the way, are what actually keep a democracy going), isolating our allies, and putting the world on the brink of nuclear war. I hate the idea of a theocrat in office, but you know what I hate more? The dismantling of our country and/or the drift of atomic particles. Also, Pence will be a wounded theocrat, tainted by his association with Trump. And that’s the best case scenario for him. Worst case for him, he goes to jail with rest of them. His hands are hardly clean and I suspect Mueller knows all about it.

          • Priya Lynn

            The American president is not “the leader of the free world”.

            We have our own leaders, none of us ever voted for an American president, and this sort of arrogance is just the kind of thing that turns off people from Americans.

          • RyanInIllinois

            I agree with you. I only used the phrase “leader of the free world” because the person I was replying to used it.

          • another_steve

            I hope I’m right but I think the “brink of nuclear war” narrative is largely a creation of cable TV. Those scum buckets will say whatever they need to in order to keep us watching through the next round of commercials.

            The madman dictator in North Korea knows that he and his nation will cease to exist if he initiates war. He’s evil but not stupid.

            Best case scenario imo is Trump stays where he is and continues to bring ruin to his party, the Mueller investigation drags on drip drip drip, and the Dems win back the House a year from now. That would effectively kill the orange sexual predator’s agenda for the rest of his term (assuming he serves an entire term, of course).

          • RyanInIllinois

            You have more faith that I do that the American system can withstand Trump for that long. Look, democracies fail, and it isn’t pretty when it happens.

          • another_steve

            I have tremendous confidence in the inherent wisdom and goodness of the American People. Let’s all remember: Hillary Clinton got millions more votes than Donald Trump, despite Trump’s collusion with the Russians to affect the election outcome.

            Boyfriend Joe here focuses on the evil ones among us.

            Most Americans aren’t evil, however.

          • RyanInIllinois

            Inherent wisdom and goodness of the American People? Okay, we’ll never agree on anything here because we’re starting from fundamentally different assumptions about the reality of our circumstances. Yes, yes, Hillary Clinton got more votes, but if the American people were inherently good or wise, it would have never been that close. At best, we can say that a slim majority of the American people are inherently good or wise. But a good portion of these folks aren’t good or wise enough to show up for midterm elections most of the time, so… Yeah, I’ll agree to disagree.

      • The_Wretched

        Again, Trump is an abomination whose only successes are in destruction and erroding our institutions (such as State Dept missing 60% of senior staff and not advertising the ACA enrollement period and putting CBP/ICE on steroids). When things are this bad and getting worse, a roll of the dice is a good thing.

        Evenmoreso, we know the ‘transition’ from Pres to VP takes a time and upsets the republican legislative agenda.

        Evenmoreso again, we know Pence was about to lose his Indiana Gov race for lack of charisma and doing a bad job. There’s every reason to think that Trump’s “coalition” falls even further apart with Marshmallow “cooties” McWhiteRice as a leader.

        • another_steve

          My theory is that were Trump to leave office – voluntarily or by force – the Republican establishment would sigh a sigh of relief so loud that you could hear it on the moon. They know, as Tillerson so aptly put it, that Trump is a moron. An embarrassment.

          They would throw beds of roses at Pence’s feet. He would be their Lord and Savior, their rescuer.

          Pence – that theofascist monster – would get whatever he wanted out of Republican-controlled Congress.

          • The_Wretched

            speculative

      • JCF

        [Apart from any role in Russian collusion]

        Pence is a pretty typical hyper-conservative Rethug. I expect ZERO from him, in terms of our marriages, and/or my uterus.

        …but I also don’t see him nuking North Korea, JUST for the sake of a pissing contest! As execrable as a “President Pence” would be, I don’t see him as an existential threat…just to GET to election 2020. If Pence wants to organize a 25th Amendment takeover, I’d applaud him in a hot second…

        …and not rest One.Single.Second in having that mofo “Repealed and Replaced” by a Dem in 2020.

    • AmeriCanadian

      It will backfire wildly on the Dems. I’m beginning to believe that Democrats don’t want to hold the majority again. They must have developed Stockholm Syndrome.

      • kareemachan

        I’m thinking that you are a trollette of the teeniest-tiniest water.

        • AmeriCanadian

          You’d be quite wrong but then dissent isn’t something that you can understand.

    • Galvestonian

      I really think that Biden may be open for a POTUS run.

    • Chucktech

      Trump commits impeachable offenses. “Now is not the time to talk of impeachment.”

    • BurningTongues

      Shhhh, we shouldn’t strategize, only republicans do that! Let’s just be righteously angry and flail around a lot even if that means our side loses. At least we’ll be right! /S

    • Todd20036

      Walk. Chew gum.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      If the plan for winning is being formulated now, at J.M.G., then why aren’t we all getting paid for it (and receiving platinum benefits), instead of . . . . you know who?

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  • another_steve

    Symbolic only, of course.

    But this is what honorable people must do today.

    • Todd20036

      Not symbolic. If the GOP stops it up, shit like that will motivate more people to vote in 2018, and make Congress bluer.

  • Stogiebear

    Some people will say it’s too soon to do this, that it will damage chances to do it when Mueller has finished his investigation (and it may or may not be). But what the hell — if the Pedophile Republicans can vote scores of times to repeal the ACA then the Democrats can introduce impeachment proceedings scores of times. Fuck ’em running!

    • HZ81

      Yeah, really The “Let’s not tarnish the sanctity of our democratic process and government by rushing in” people can go fuck themselves. An Andrew Dice Clay impersonator got his treason on with Russia and stole an election to the highest office in the land and world. The sanctity shit is over. This guy would replace the constitution with a blacklight poster of himself if given the chance.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Pedophile Republicans? Really?

      • swimboy

        If the foo shits…

      • Cuberly Deux

        GOPedo

        • gaycuckhubby

          Saving this for the next time a Dem inevitably gets caught with a kiddo. 🙂

          • Todd20036

            *shrug* democrats can be rogues too. But then we vilify them and incarcerate them.
            We do NOT lionize them and elect them into public office.
            Sorry, but it’s the GOP hypocrisy that is the issue, not that only republicans molest children.
            If we wanted to vote for Weinstein to be our next president, you might have a point.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Talking about Moore specifically… GOP is doing literally everything to make sure he doesnt win

          • Lizard

            I still don’t want to give them too much credit. They’re doing the right thing for the wrong reason. They know Moore will be terrible PR for Republicans in the midterms.

          • gaycuckhubby

            But if the Dems did the same thing it would be for pure unpoltical reasons?

          • Lizard

            Are you really going with “The parties are the same”? Really?

          • gaycuckhubby

            Not exactly… Rep are horrible on civil rights, economy, science, enviroment, womens rights etc…
            I just don’t like labelling them as pedophiles… too much hyperbole and not accurate

          • Lizard

            They may not be pedophiles, but they’re enabling pedophiles. They’re not chucking Roy Moore for pedophilia. They’re chucking him because the bad PR he will certainly bring isn’t worth the Senate seat.

            Trump allegedly assaulted a teenage girl too, but the gain outweighed the negative PR for them. The presidency is more valuable than a Senate seat.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Trumps teenage accuser was more than problematic. No reputable news outlet wrote about because she didn’t pass vetting. It was outed as a probable scam by several anti trump newspapers

          • Lizard

            He’s admitted to sexually assaulting adults, but I guess adult women don’t matter enough?

          • The_Wretched

            Hey good on you for trotting out a “whatabouterism”.

            The dems are political as well but the history is that they don’t keep and defend members with overt scandals.

          • The_Wretched

            I disagree. They still have members using the “if it can be proven” language.

          • JCF

            Not the Alabama GOP!

          • MonochromeMouse

            The difference is the Democrats will kick the pedo out of the party, the republicans will elect them president.

          • MikeBx2

            Surely you mean the next time a Dem gets caught with a kiddo and other Dems excuse, defend and justify.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Hasn’t happened. GOP has cut off funds. Promised to expell him. Asked him to drop out. Condemned him.
            What else can they do?

      • glass

        How many times have they used Pedo + Gay as an excuse to deny us human rights? Time to throw the Pedo label back at them, that’s what they have done to us for almost a century.
        Besides xianity allows underage women to be traded for sex, read the bible, women are property.

        • Priya Lynn

          So, behave dishonestly just like them?

          Sounds like a good way to discredit ourselves.

    • VodkaAndPolitics

      My feeling has always been let’s wait until after the Midterms, and only for the following reason, if we can take back the House, and impeach both Trump and Pence, that’s our only chance to get a Democrat residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I don’t think it advances anything if we get a President Pence.

    • TrueWords
    • The_Wretched

      The Dems need time and live trials of impeachment language. It’s a worthy exercise even if it doesn’t go anywhere this time.

  • Michael R

    Can he be impeached before he can pardon anyone ?
    I like that .

  • Tomcat

    Just take out hits on the whole lot. Be worth it to taxpayers in long run.

  • bkmn

    Only five?

  • crewman

    Is this a good idea now? Is this a deal where we get one shot and if we fuck it up he’s essentially inoculated, making another run almost impossible?

    • Treant

      They may be seeing information we’re not–as in, what’s about to break is so bloody awful that this is just riding the rising swell. Or it could be even more complex and that this is what gets Dumpy out of office as House and Senate members sell out Dumpster to avoid having their own collusion come to light.

      Or even worse than that. One never knows.

      I think, should this fail (and I don’t think it’ll come to the floor, which is also a political move designed to bite Ryan in the ass), what’s incoming is so blatant that nobody will think of it as a second bite at the apple.

    • Chucktech

      I would imagine this is no more a one-shot deal than repealing Obamacare was a one-shot deal.

      • Lizard

        I dunno…if they fail, they might lose credibility for the second shot. The cretins trying to repeal Obamacare never had credibility to begin with.

        • Chucktech

          And that hardly impeded them.

  • GayOldLady

    I like this because with Articles of Impeachment introduced in the House, it gives Democrats more incentive to vote in the mid-terms. A Dem Majority in the House would seal the deal, even though I don’t think Trump will be in office by Mid-terms next year.

    • Chucktech

      I would think that if the goal were to “give Democrats more incentive to vote in the mid-terms,” we’re peaking too soon.

      • GayOldLady

        I’m curious about the entire procedure. The Dems are in the minority, how do they get it to the floor for a vote? They can stand at the podium and read their Articles, but they’re really powerless to do much else if I understand the rules of the House correctly.

        • Chucktech

          That’s just it, my dear, they cannot bring it to the floor. This is what I believe is called “Showboating” in the biz…

          • Lizard

            Drumpf’s thin skin is famous. Maybe they’re hoping to provoke something self-incriminating from him.

          • Chucktech

            Yeah, let’s keep piling on…

          • Lizard

            Why not? He’s clearly too stupid to know what is and isn’t legal. He boasted about firing Comey for obstruction of justice.

          • Chucktech

            Yup. And there he sits. Still not impeached.

          • Lizard

            And he won’t be, if no one introduces articles of impeachment.

          • Chucktech

            No one (successfully) will. And there he will sit. Sorry, call ’em as I see ’em.

          • Lizard

            He won’t be impeached if Dems sit on their asses and whine about it, either.

          • Chucktech

            He won’t be impeached if Dems don’t retake the House.

          • Lizard

            Which is what this is about. They know the articles won’t actually pass. It’s about forcing Republicans to defend Trump by killing the bill.

            Politicians introduce politically motivated bills to make a point all the time. Remember that state representative who introduced a bill requiring similar restrictions on Viagra as abortion (waiting period, spousal consent, etc.)? She knew they wouldn’t pass; she was making a point about the hypocrisy of her opposition.

          • Chucktech

            The Republicans won’t need to kill anything because this will never make it to the floor for debate.

          • Lizard

            It will never make it to the floor for debate because Republicans will reject it in committee. Again, that’s the point.

          • Chucktech

            As I said earlier, fine. Give it a shot.

          • GayOldLady

            Well, the mid-terms are less than a year away. All the races will heat up early next year. The more congress-critters they get to sign on to this, the more enthusiasm for it will grow. The Sponsor is Steve Cohen from Memphis. He’s a Jewish man representing a densely populated section of TN with a large black population. I see the wisdom in coming forward with this now. Even though it’s destined not to go anywhere in this Congress, it could be a rallying point, especially for minorities in the South. If we’re to have a chance of moving any red back to purple or possibly blue, we need minority voters, blacks, Latinos, LGBT to turn out in the mid-terms in full force.

          • AlternativeQuacks

            Also, California and Washington have “jungle primaries” (in July and August, respectively), so if there is a big Dem wave next year like what we saw last week and yesterday, some R’s in those states could lose their seats in the primaries!

        • Phillip in L.A.

          They cannot get it to the floor, without the concurrence of the Speaker. Such is the power of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, under current rules.

          (But the same would be true in ERII’s Parliament, I believe; however, I’m not an expert on UK Parliamentary law.)

        • kareemachan

          Can you google? Try it.

          • GayOldLady

            I watch the House & Senate regularly on CSPAN, so I’m not unfamiliar with the fact the minority party has no control of what’s brought to the floor for a vote. My question was rhetorical . TX Congressman Green has been doing this drill from the podium for several months, basically on his on. Now what happens behind the scenes? They have no backing from Party Leadership and none from republicans, but they are beginning to assemble quietly, without their leadership. I’m curious if there Is some silent movement developing. And if so, will it be used to rally Dems in the mid-terms.

    • Galvestonian

      Yeah …well, I really thought that Trumpizzi would be out by Christmas.

      • GayOldLady

        He could be! We still have 5 1/2 weeks.

      • djcoastermark

        Sing along now, All I want for christmas………

        • Snarkaholic

          On the first day of Trump-mess, my Mueller gave to me
          Charges against Paul and Ricky!

  • Joe in PA

    Hmmm, kinda sort on and off topic…just for grins I thought I would see what the google machine had to say…not surprising, the auto-fill:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7da5e37d1dd8dd320bbf494d5b502c8577c797f4d93a350606aceab0e7321acc.png

    • GeneInSJ

      Not off topic at all. Trump has most of us on edge.

      • Todd20036

        Normally, I like to edge, too.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          hot

        • AmeriCanadian

          My favorite X-tuber is Canadianwolf. Very, very hot and loves to post edging vids.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Yes, Canadianwolf–I believe he resides in my Bookmarks folder. Will have to research that….

          • AmeriCanadian

            No better time like the present! 😉

      • pj

        has for a year now. sick of it.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I get the exact same results and I have never typed that into my search bar. Interesting.

    • John L

      Just tried this myself and the first was “can the president pardon himself”

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I typed HOW MANY :

      how many calories in a wienerschnitzel

      • AlternativeQuacks

        Who eats wienerschnitzel anymore? I haven’t seen that on a menu since the 70s.

  • Treant

    True, but… Well, the dam has not really begun to break yet. We’re still waiting on any real Mueller indictments that have much to do with Dumpy. And while I have problems with that, this is not the time nor the place.

    This feels premature.

    • Todd20036

      There’ve already been indictments and a conviction. Seems real to me

      • Treant

        On ancillary charges not directly dealing with Dumpy and the Russians (a great band name if you ask me). I want Dumpster Fire walked out in chains. Crying orange-tracked tears. Dragging Ivanka who’s holding onto his ankle while Melanoma tries to hide a huge grin.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • Natty Enquirer

    This effort will be written off as another inter-party battle.

    • Tomcat

      Like kill obamacare?

      • Natty Enquirer

        Republican voters don’t have the same vested interest in impeaching Trump.

  • AlternativeQuacks

    I’m going to go out on a limb and make a prediction:

    If Trump gets impeached, it will be the Republicans that do it. Before the 2018 midterms. Don’t think there aren’t GOPers discussing this in hushed tones right now on Capitol Hill, after last Tuesday’s and last night’s election results.

    • Chucktech

      Not much of a limb to go out on. If Trump gets impeached, it will be the Republicans who have to do it. Fat fucking chance of that.

  • Blake J Butler

    The RNC agreement with Moore they had with fundraising is being pulled.

  • justmeeeee

    Oh, Mary, please…

  • Tawreos

    I thought Pelosi didn’t want them to even think the word impeachment?

    • Tawreos

      She still doesn’t, I guess we need someone stronger in the house to be in charge for the Dems.

      • kareemachan

        Or maybe she’s looking at the long-range plan. I’m still on the fence here, so…

  • Chucktech

    Oh, sure. What the fuck? Why not? Not a goddam thing will happen regarding this.
    But, sure, go for it.

    • Todd20036

      You are wrong. The GOP will go on record stating that Trump doesn’t deserve impeachment, and that can be used in the campaigns next year for the House and Senate.

      • Chucktech

        And Dems will lose again. That’s how little faith I have in Vox Americana.

        • Todd20036

          We will see. I’ll be more optimistic, especially if Moore loses.

          • Chucktech

            God, you really ARE optimistic, aren’t you?

        • kareemachan

          Well piss in your hand and don’t. See what works best for you.

          • Chucktech

            You seem nice…

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Only five?

  • gaycuckhubby
  • Tomcat

    From now on don’t ask what have the Democrats done FOR you lately, ask what have the republicans done TO you lately.

  • Galvestonian

    It can’t be too soon — while they are at it, impeach Pence too !

  • Lakeview Bob

    Let’s not forget that the GOP talked for 8 years about impeaching Obama. But I don’t recall if articles of impeachment were ever introduced.

  • Jimmy Kimmel interviewed averaged Americans on what they thought about the impeachment and removal of office of HILLARY CLINTON last night.
    https://youtu.be/oMupq6zB1Tc

  • safari
  • RepublicansRNotConservative

    Hmm, timing is everything. This gives Republicans a reason to fear bait their base. And, since impeachment is not going to happen in the House under its current leadership, this seems like a political statement from a Rep thats in a safe district. I’m thinking it isn’t a good move now, but maybe I’m wrong. I live in a Republican district and figure this really gonna rile them up, especially the Trumpanzees.

  • Bambino

    O/T Sex clams sex clams you’re a sex clams uh, huh
    You can give it to me when I need to come along give it to me…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6855717055241d86cacdc0bacd1144d9cce6121bbe47da7eb5f36abc0d58810.jpg

    • Treant

      Don’t tell Dr. Zoidberg.

      • Reality.Bites

        He’s into Jared.

        • Tawreos

          Great now Another Steve is going to have to destroy Dr. Zoidberg

    • Tomcat

      Proof reader clambering for an explanation.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Or looking for a new job!

    • Treant
      • djcoastermark

        Wow, that is one sexy bunch of clams. I’m salivating.

    • greenmanTN

      Now the Scientologists are involved too?!

    • Tawreos

      Why does Sex Clams feel like it should have been a disco song?

    • danolgb

      Wasn’t that a Soft Cell song?

      • Bambino
        • Tawreos

          Maybe that is the one I was thinking of.

      • MBear

        Sex clams
        Aren’t they nice
        Steamed with melted butter
        And a life of vice

        We can have play time
        In my biggest stock pot
        Sex clams
        In a big pot
        Making it with the dumb chauffeur

        • Phillip in L.A.

          What is “chausseur,” Alex?

          • MBear

            Typo caused by fat fingers on a cell phone

          • Phillip in L.A.

            No, no–I liked the line about the “chauffeur”!

            I only offered “chausseur” as a potential rhyme to fit the missing word (?) in the previous line (“In a big ____”).

          • jerry

            An early English writer…

          • Phillip in L.A.
      • Phillip in L.A.

        Soft Cell–“Sex Dwarf” (we called it “Sex Wart”)

        https://youtu.be/lrRmgbchiGY

      • Phillip in L.A.

        There also this:

        Eurythmics–“Sex Crime” (OST 1984)

        https://youtu.be/IcTP7YWPayU

    • safari

      I don’t eat clam.

    • jerry

      Yes, it was the underage clams that got him in trouble.

  • Halou

    I hope it is successful, but if it isn’t then it will kill off the possibility for Trump’s removal entirely.

    • Tomcat

      If he does actually get to impeachment he WILL go down. No doubts.

    • Chucktech

      HUH?? Why do you think that?

  • Chucktech

    Also, remember that if Trump is impeached, he’s still president. Bill Clinton, as you recall, was impeached.

    • MonochromeMouse

      no he wasn’t, he did get an impeachment hearing but was not impeached. We’ve never had a president impeached, and impeachment does mean they are not president and if impeached the president will lose all presidential lifelong benefits like secret service for the president and their family and the presidential pension.

      • Chucktech
      • Lizard

        Yes, he was. He was impeached but not removed from office.

        It’s analogous to being indicted on a criminal charge and found not guilty.

      • Todd20036

        The House impeaches. The impeachment is the trial. Clinton was impeached. He was not convicted.
        Nixon was never impeached because he resigned. Had he been impeached, he WOULD have been convicted because enough republicans still had morals.

      • Chucktech

        “Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only two presidents to have been successfully impeached by the House of Representatives, and both were later acquitted by the Senate.[2]”
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_in_the_United_States

        • MonochromeMouse

          I stand corrected.

      • Robincho

        Wrong…

      • The_Wretched

        Impeachment is similar to a grandjury. It’s pre the trial which happens in the Senate. It has no other legal impacts than to get the trial to the Senate.

  • Mike C

    Thanks? Can you tell me the plan to win back the House and Senate next too, please?

  • AdamTh

    You gotta start somewhere, some time – but at this point, it’s all theatre…..

  • Jeffrey
    • AdamTh

      If nothing else (but there are plenty of other great things about him), he’s competent to be a world leader….

    • Lizard

      I’m still waiting for the invasion from “foreign armies” one of those televangelists promised would happen if we didn’t outlaw abortion. I for one welcome our new Canadian overlords.

  • Professor Barnhardt
    • Chucktech

      (Total snark, here) Wanna bet she could “pass”?

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    File under Be careful what you wish for:

    What if the Republicans agree to hold impeachment hearings. Its an obvious charade, but they go through the motions and of course declare that there are no grounds.

    1). Does this mean that impeachment (on the same grounds) can’t be introduced again?
    2). It would totally embolden Trump and the Republicans to even more nakedly destroy our country. They would have the ability to claim that since there were no grounds, it was just a Democratic witch hunt and all the BS they’ve thrown out there about the Dems is really true.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      1) No.
      2) Possibly.

  • Bambino

    How about working on an extradition treaty with North Korea?
    https://twitter.com/someecards/status/930833378580094977

    • Treant

      One, like Dumpy has any latitude to talk.

      Two, does Fed Ex deliver to North Korea? Asking for a friend.

      • Bambino
        • Treant

          Can I specifically request that my 350-pound package be treated in that manner? Seriously, guys, just throw it over the fence. It’ll be fine.

          • Bambino

            This one is a nicer drop off. You should see the others. Fed Ex has one of the worst reputation when it comes to trashing parcels.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            You may only request “Special Handling” if the package contains glass, other fragile breakables, or live insects, iirc.

          • Treant

            What if I’m shipping a rabid warthog?

          • Phillip in L.A.

            The warthog will need to go by Parcel Post with “Special Handling”

        • AmeriCanadian

          I like to show this clip to people I know who write FRAGILE on the side of the boxes they ship. I’ve always suspected that was an invitation for extra abuse.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      ❤️💛💚💙💜 your idea, Bambino, for creativity, at least! 💯

  • thatotherjean

    I wish they wouldn’t, just yet. I’d rather give Mueller a chance to finish his work and nail the lot of the crooks in the White House and environs. We’d be in a much worse position after a failed effort at impeachment now, no matter what Mueller finds later. With the Republicans holding both the House and the Senate, though, this isn’t likely to gain any traction at all.

    • Treant

      No way will Ryan allow this to come to the floor, and they know that.

      But think of the traction next year when Ryan comes up for re-election and Mueller’s investigation is (hopefully) going somewhere loudly. “Ryan and the Republican House didn’t even consider impeachment…”

      The Dems get to feel good that their party is trying, but is hamstrung by a lack of seats.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Good for you, Rep Cohen!

    Now all we need to do is re-take control of the House, so your Articles of Impeachment will have more chance of actually being seriously taken up by that august body

    • Todd20036

      And the senate, so that we could get a guilty verdict.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Mais oui

        • Tor

          Hey!! None of that ferren stuff here!

          • JAKvirginia

            Now, now… there’s nothing bad about using a foreign tongue.

          • Tor

            As long as there is a nice bushy mustache in the vicinity of that tongue…

          • Phillip in L.A.

            We all serve the Sith Empire, so what’s the big deal?

  • Boreal

    While this will get nowhere yet, time to use repigs tactics against them. I guarantee they would be trying to impeach Hillary right now if she were in office and for something like blowing her nose with a tissue that someone gave her at the Clinton foundation.

    • Treant

      She’s sleeping with an ex-President! That’s clearly insider information! Of some sort. Somehow. Whatever.

      • Boreal

        Don’t forget Benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chucktech

      “I guarantee they would would have be trying to impeach[ed] Hillary right by now…”

  • Rex

    Godspeed, gentlemen.

  • Tiger Quinn

    This is not about success, this is about forcing the GOP to publicly either defend or stand against it. The Dems know they don’t have the power, but they are not going to let the GOP try to hide like they’ve been doing. You can answer to your constituents.

  • alc2018
  • MikeBx2

    This seems only fair. After all, Trump and the Repubs are trying to impeach Hillary Clinton.

  • kareemachan

    About fucking time.

  • AlternativeQuacks

    He’s still tweeting. He’s on a rampage against the NY Times today. There must a really good story coming out in the NYT.

  • Kelly Lape

    Force the GOP to go on record supporting a President who wipes his ass with our Constitution. Use this in every district where these enablers are running for reelection.

  • safari
  • Megrim Twist

    Not to mention that he is a SEXUAL PREDATOR and 17 women have filed harassment lawsuits against him. Are we not going to talk about this in the current climate?!?!

    • safari

      “Now is not the time”

    • Bj Lincoln

      Everyone knows it but no one is saying a word. I keep reminding folks.

    • Lizard

      No one cares enough. When it’s a Republican, they’re lying whores. When it’s a Democrat, they’re telling the truth.

      Politicians care about victims, particularly women, exactly as far as is useful for them.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Too soon. Six months from now, assuming Mueller doesn’t nail him to his inverted cross, is plenty of time.

  • TrueWords
    • JAKvirginia

      Why aren’t you asking for a “2nd Amendment solution”?

  • JAKvirginia

    I like how the flag to the right makes a partial unhappy face emoji.

    10 months in… it’s still all about Trump and not the country. Worst. President. Ever. In. The. History. Of. Presidents.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I had to go look. It does!

  • GanymedeRenard

    Impeach the mother daughter fucker! Now!

  • EqualityForAll

    I don’t live in Texas, but I have been a big fan of Al Green for quite awhile. He is so well-spoken and sensible. He’s definitely not part of the “swamp.”

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Mistake…at least at this juncture. Let the Mueller investigation pan out, then go in for the kill.

  • Rocco

    It’s about time.

  • iambu

    Gutiérrez is my rep. He will be getting a very encouraging letter from me later today.

  • Queequeg

    Good luck with that. The Groping Old Party will never go along with it.

  • abqdan

    Grandstanding. You can’t, as a minority party, get anywhere in the House without the Speaker’s backing. This cannot go anywhere. We know all sane Americans hate what Trump is doing – but these gestures add nothing to the dialog.

  • Gianni

    We all know that such moves against Donnie stand absolutely no chance of going anywhere with a completely controlled Republicant Congress. The point of such maneuvering is to show party members and supporters that the Dems in this Congress are willing to try to do something and would proceed it they could, even though it’s hopeless. The optics are important. Why does anyone think the Reps continually tried to undo the ACA during Obama’s tenure? They knew it would never fly. It was to show their party members and base that they were willing to keep trying in the face of certain failure. Optics.