Chicagoan Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who worked as a member of Congress during the impeachment process of former President Bill Clinton in 1998, joined five other Democratic lawmakers Wednesday to announce they had authored articles of impeachment against the 45th US president.
"There are many reasons why I think the president is an awful president and awful person, but not all of those reasons rise to the level of impeaching a sitting president," Gutierrez told reporters during a Wednesday news conference.
"I am joining this effort because of his sustained anti-Latino bias," the House Judiciary Committee member said.
This isn't a substitute for investigations that should go forward, but Congress needs to get started and specifically the Judiciary Committee on which I sit with @RepCohen https://t.co/ADFHcobyKf #twill #chicago #impeachment https://t.co/MLaSmeDuAr— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) November 15, 2017
"He started his campaign calling Mexican immigrants murderers and rapists. He does not think that an American-born judge with a Spanish-sounding last name is legitimate, just as he does not believe that Latinos voting is legitimate. And I think he is taking the country in exactly the wrong direction on immigration by taking documented immigrants and making them undocumented so that he can deport them," Gutierrez added.
"The train of injuries to our Constitution must be brought to an end," Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) tweeted Wednesday.
The train of injuries to our Constitution must be brought to an end. I was proud to stand with @RepGutierrez @RepAlGreen & @RepEspaillat to introduce articles of #impeachment against Donald Trump, whose actions have become dangerous for democracy. #ImpeachTrump #Resist #Impeach45 pic.twitter.com/fdySowx0H9— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) November 15, 2017
House lawmakers Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Al Green (D-TX) joined Cohen and Gutierrez's call for impeachment hearings.