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Rep. Scott DesJarlais Calls Impeachment Attempt ‘Political Stunt’

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One Tennessee congressman called U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s attempt to impeach President Donald J. Trump a “political stunt.”

Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) and other House Democrats on Wednesday filed five Articles of Impeachment against the president.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-03) told the Tennessee Star, “Americans voted for Donald Trump and Republicans to improve the economy and national security. That’s what we’re working on and would be glad to have Democrats’ help. I think that’s what the country would like.

“Political stunts, which might make some feel better about an election loss, only slow progress on important matters like cutting middle-class taxes and rebuilding our military. I’m focused on a positive agenda for Tennesseans.”

In the Articles of Impeachment, Cohen and his co-sponsors cited allegations of Russian interference in the presidential elections, alleged links between Trump’s campaign and Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey. The Democrats also accused Trump of profiting off his business brand during his presidency (a process called emoluments), the pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Trump’s disagreements with the news media.

Cohen is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. He called for the committee to start impeachment hearings immediately, CBS News reported. However, he said he does not expect the House to act upon the articles.

Cohen previously filed Articles of Impeachment in August when he accused the president of having violated the emoluments clause, CBS News reported on Aug. 17.

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