An official attempt to impeach Donald Trump has begun

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Several Democrats have introduced articles of impeachment against Donald Trump.

They argue that the 45th president is a danger to the United States, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offences.

It mainly focuses on the obstruction of justice regarding the FBI investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election.

“We have taken this action because of great concerns for the country and our Constitution and our national security and our democracy,” said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.

While many will agree with the start of the process, most in the House have distanced themselves from the effort.

A large majority of Democrats seemingly don’t want any to do with it, while it’s unlikely it will pass through in the Republican-led House.

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“I think the Democratic base needs to be activated. The Democratic base needs to know there are members of Congress willing to stand up against this president,” Cohen said.

The obstruction of justice allegation also centres around Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as an allegation that Trump has undermined the federal judiciary and the freedom of the press.

Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Al Green of Texas, Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Adriano Espaillat of New York and John Yarmuth of Kentucky are the other lawmakers who have signed onto the resolution.

“I see a crime and I have a responsibility to dial 911 immediately,” Gutierrez said. “I don’t call and try to reach my consensus with all my neighbours and all my friends and those whose opinion I might seek out.”

It comes after Donald Trump’s attempted ban on trans people serving in the military having been partially blocked by a judge last month.

Meanwhile, 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton dedicated most of her speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s 21st annual National Dinner in Washington DC to criticising the Trump administration’s poor record on LGBT+ rights.

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