On Thursday, the Daily Caller reported that freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., has said he intends to begin impeachment proceedings against President-elect Donald Trump as soon as possible, citing an interview he conducted with the Young Turks.
According to the Daily Caller:
Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin won election in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District for the first time in 2016, and it appears the former state Senate majority whip wants to make his mark, by impeaching the president-elect. Raskin currently serves as a professor of constitutional law at the American University law school.
“Right now it looks pretty obvious that he’s on a collision course with the Emoluments Clause,” Raskin asserted. “He has refused to divest himself of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of business interests he has around the world doing business with foreign governments.”
Trump announced in a press conference early January that he planned to cede control of all of this business interests to his two sons, Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump. Ivanka Trump moved to Washington, D.C., with Jared Kushner, who has a place in the White House as a key adviser.
“It says that no elected official, either member of Congress or the president of the United States, can accept a gift, an emolument or any payment at all from a foreign government,” Raskin added. “He [Trump] just simply refuses to accept that reality. So if he goes into office and he refuses to divest himself, the moment that the first conflict comes up, that’s going to look like an impeachable offense.”
Philip Stucky added: “Any member of the House of Representatives can initiate impeachment proceedings, much like a bill is introduced.”
But it’s unlikely that the effort will succeed, given that the House is dominated by Republicans.
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