Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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January 8, 2021

One day after violent protesters stormed Capitol Hill, Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-D) introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

In her statement, Jackson Lee asserted that the President “has actively and continuously endeavored to undermine the essential institutions and foundations of a democratic system of government in the United States, engaging in a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evincing a design to make himself an authoritarian ruler unaccountable to, and independent of, the people of the United States.”

She went on to outline offences over the course of his presidency. Most recent of these offences was his failure to “take action to protect and defend Federal officers and personnel, property, buildings, and institutions on January 6, 2021.”  

The Texas Democrat concluded her statement with the following: “As the resolution points out and makes clear, a person ‘whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people,’ and warrants impeachment and removal as President of the United States.”

Separate articles against Trump have also been drafted by Rep. Ilhan Omar (MI-D) and co-signed by 12 other House Democrats including Texas Rep. Al Green, Vicente Gonzalez and Veronica Escobar.

With just 13 days left in Trump’s term, it is unlikely that there is adequate time to complete the required procedures. Further, assembling the two-thirds Senate majority necessary to convict would prove challenging, despite the deprecating numbers of Trump loyalists in the Republican caucus.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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