Clinton: I Still Believe Trump Is 'a Clear And Present Danger To America'

"The president's blatant refusal to separate himself from his businesses has led to clear instances of conflict of interest," said Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, one of the five lawmakers behind the impeachment effort. "His attacks on 'so-called' judges and 'fake news' have undermined public confidence in the judiciary and the press. It's time for Congress to take action to stop this reckless and harmful behavior."

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., also joined the effort, citing Trump's interference with the judicial branch and criminal investigations. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio called Trump "a clear and present danger" to the nation, and New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat said he is a threat to national security.

Republicans scoffed.

"House Democrats lack a positive message and are completely unwilling to work across the aisle, so instead they've decided to support a baseless radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with. Republicans are focused on issues the middle class actually cares about, like cutting taxes and growing the economy," said Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

The House has impeached two of the nation's 45 presidents, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson. Both were acquitted in the Senate and remained in office. Richard Nixon resigned under threat of impeachment and near certain removal over the Watergate scandal.

Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer has been calling for impeachment, spending $10 million on a TV ad campaign. Fox News said its viewers were so offended it stopped airing the spot. Trump tweeted that Steyer is "wacky & totally unhinged."

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the Democrats' No. 2 leader in the House, shot down the effort.

"Do we disagree with the policies? We do. But disagreeing with the policies is not enough to overturn an election, a free and fair election," he told reporters after Wednesday's news conference, according to The Hill. "There are a large number of Democrats that believe this president ought to be impeached. We have just made a judgment that the facts aren't there to pursue that."

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