Business Insider Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan sent a letter asking her fellow Democrats to sign onto a resolution urging the House Judiciary Committee to investigate any impeachable offenses committed by President Donald Trump, days after former FBI Director Robert Mueller concluded the special counsel investigation.
In a letter sent to Democrats on Monday night, Tlaib bucked House Democratic leadership, who have dismissed talk of impeachment as premature and dangerous.
The most dangerous threat to our democracy is President Trump’s actions since taking the oath of office.” In the letter obtained by INSIDER, Tlaib also noted that Trump has so far been uncooperative with House Democrats’ various inquiries of his administration and personal affairs.
“Much of the allegations have yet to be fully investigated by this body who also took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution,” Tlaib wrote. “It is critical that we protect the American people and our country from any conflicts of interests that directly erodes our democracy.”
“I, firmly, believe that the House Committee on Judiciary should seek out whether President Trump has committed ‘High crimes and Misdemeanors’ as designated by the U.S. Constitution and if the facts support those findings, that Congress begin impeachment proceedings,” she added.
The letter then describes her resolution, which directs the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, to investigate three key areas:
Whether the actions of President Trump and his businesses violate the Foreign Emoluments Clause.
Whether President Trump committed crimes to defraud the United States by directing Michael Cohen to make illegal payments to interfere and affect the 2016 Presidential election, which has eroded faith in elections and perpetuated political corruption.
Whether the Special Counsel’s evidence on obstruction of justice pertaining to the President’s actions and intents violates federal law.