Fresh bid to im­peach Trump

Trump says he could de­clare state of emer­gency over wall fund­ing

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IN THE steady stream of po­lit­i­cal sound bites, noth­ing cuts through the noise quite like what Demo­cratic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rashida Tlaib said of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day night: “We’re go­ing to go in there, and we’re go­ing to im­peach the mother**** er,” the Michi­gan fresh­man con­gress­woman said to rap­tur­ous ap­plause from sup­port­ers just hours af­ter she was sworn into the 116th Congress.

Tlaib is one of a hand­ful of out­spo­ken Democrats who have thrust im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings against the pres­i­dent to the front of their agenda, de­spite the party brass’s more mea­sured tone.

Newly elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and other party lead­ers have said they want to wait for spe­cial coun­sel Robert S Mueller III to is­sue a fi­nal re­port from his Rus­sia probe be­fore mov­ing to im­peach Trump – if they even do.

Pelosi said on NBC’S To­day on Thurs­day that pol­i­tics will not play a role one way or the other in whether Democrats de­cide to im­peach the pres­i­dent. “We shouldn’t be im­peach­ing for a po­lit­i­cal rea­son, and we shouldn’t avoid im­peach­ment for a po­lit­i­cal rea­son.”

California Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Brad Sher­man rein­tro­duced ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment on Thurs­day that he and co-spon­sor Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Al Green filed in 2017. The ar­ti­cles ac­cuse Trump of ob­struct­ing jus­tice by fir­ing for­mer FBI di­rec­tor James B Comey af­ter Comey re­fused to stop in­ves­ti­gat­ing for­mer Trump na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn.

Tlaib’s charged com­ments re­flect opin­ions she shared in an opin­ion piece pub­lished in the Detroit Free Press that day: “Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is a di­rect and se­ri­ous threat to our coun­try. On an al­most daily ba­sis, he at­tacks our con­sti­tu­tion, our democ­racy, the rule of law and the peo­ple who are in this coun­try,” Tlaib wrote. “Each pass­ing day brings more pain for the peo­ple most di­rectly hurt by this pres­i­dent, and these are days we sim­ply can­not get back.”

Mean­while, Trump has said he could de­clare a state of na­tional emer­gency to build the Us/mex­ico bor­der wall with­out the ap­proval of Congress. His com­ments came af­ter he met with se­nior Democrats on Fri­day and failed to end a stand-off, which has seen the gov­ern­ment par­tially shut down for two weeks.

Trump said the clo­sure could last months or years. So far, 800000 pub­lic work­ers have been un­paid since De­cem­ber 22.

The dead­lock started af­ter he with­held sup­port to fully fund the gov­ern­ment un­til he re­ceives his re­quest of $5.6 bil­lion (R78.2bn) to build the wall.

Trump said he could use ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures to build the wall.

“We can call a na­tional emer­gency be­cause of the se­cu­rity of our coun­try … I may do it. But we can call a na­tional emer­gency and build it quickly. And it’s an­other way of do­ing it.” he said. | dpa Reuters African News

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