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Rep. Tlaib plans resolution to start Trump impeachment process

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib for Congress website

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib will ask her colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment proceedings for President Trump.

Tlaib, a first-term Democrat from Detroit, said Wednesday she’ll introduce a resolution later this month. It will ask the Judiciary Committee to investigate grounds for impeaching the president.

Tlaib is already on the recordas supporting impeachment. She says that by not fully divesting from his business interests, Trump has set up a situation where patrons can buy influence with the U.S. government— including foreign officials, in violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“There’s a direct conflict of interest because he still has a vested interest in these businesses,” Tlaib said. “These are things that really jeopardize and taint our democracy. And we cannot allow a sitting president not to follow the United States Constitution. He is not above the law.”

Some fellow House Democrats have advised caution, and holding off on the possibility of impeachment proceedings until Special Counsel Robert Mueller finishes his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But Tlaib says some Democratic colleagues have approached her about potentially co-sponsoring the resolution, and the time to move is now.

“This is historic. This is unprecedented,” she said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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