'No Confidence in Donald J. Trump' Resolution Introduced by House Democrats

By Annabel Scott | July 19, 2017 | 3:29pm EDT
Democrats declare "no confidence" in Pres. Trump.

A group of House Democrats announced a “No Confidence in Donald J. Trump” resolution press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN), the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee’s subpanel on the Constitution, sponsored the resolution rebuking President Donald Trump, explaining that measure was introduced to serve as “an attempt at a political intervention.”

“We have now had six months of Donald Trump as president. That is a sufficient time to be a probationary period and, as a result of that, 23 of my colleagues have joined me in introducing today a resolution of no confidence in the job of Donald J. Trump,” said Cohen.

“We have, as part of that resolution, 12 pages thoroughly annotated of what we believe are misdeeds and actions that give people a lack of confidence in him and the direction he is taking our country,” Cohen said.

The resolution points to the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials, Trump’s comments on women, the firing of FBI director James Comey, and the president’s decision to keep his tax returns private as reasons he is unfit for the Oval Office.

“We have a president who actively undermines the very principles of our government and a Republican congress that makes excuses for him as though his behavior is normal. It is not normal,” Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.) told reporters. “Trump’s behavior is cruel, unethical and it’s driving people’s faith in the government to dangerously low levels.”

Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Lee also criticized Trump, saying, “This is not the behavior of the leader of the free world.”

The resolution, although backed by 23 representatives, has no chance of moving through the Republican-led House.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif) did not sign the resolution, but Cohen says she isn’t in opposition of the measure.

“She said she didn’t have a problem with us going forward with these types of actions,” said Cohen. “She preferred people to stay focused on what she thinks is the most important item present, which is an independent prosecutor bill, which I support.”

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