Freshman Democrat Rashida Tlaib first made waves after her election when she called President Trump a “motherf**ker” and vowed his impeachment. Now, several months later, the Washington Examiner reports she will be introducing articles of impeachment in the coming weeks.
“Later on this month, I will be joining folks and advocates across the country to file the impeachment resolution to start the impeachment proceedings,” Tlaib said during a press conference, per the report.
“I think every single colleague of mine agrees there are impeachable offenses,” the Michigan Democrat added.
Impeachment is “one thing that we all agree on,” said Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. “We may disagree on the pace.”
Tlaib said Trump’s impeachment and removal from office is warranted by his alleged violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bars federal officials from accepting gifts or benefits from other governments. Tlaib also said it was important to examine “how the president has obstructed justice.”
Impeachment talk is nothing new for Tlaib, who represents a Detroit-area district where Democrats have a 33-point party registration advantage on Republicans. On Tlaib’s first day in Congress, Jan. 3, she called for the impeachment of Trump in an Detroit Free Press op-ed co-authored with attorney and voting rights activist John Bonifaz.
According to the Washington Examiner, it was the night on January 3rd that Tlaib hosted a reception where she quoted her son as saying “Look, mama, you won. Bullies don’t win.”
“Baby, they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherf**ker,” she told the reception attendees.
President Trump addressed the comments the very next day during a White House press conference, the Washington Examiner reports.
“Well, you can’t impeach somebody that’s doing a great job … I think she dishonored herself and I think she dishonored her family. I thought it was highly disrespectful to the United States of America,” Trump said.
According to the report, this is not the first time a Democratic member of the legislature has submitted articles of impeachment against Trump:
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Tlaib’s impeachment resolution would be the third in the House, behind those offered by Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas. Each one currently faces long odds, as a slew of Democratic committee leaders say they first want to investigate Trump’s administration and private business.
“I’m more concerned about his policy than his personality,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters last week. “When the facts are known then we can make the judgment.”