MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The next step is to debate them in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
FOX13's Winnie Wright spoke with Congressman Steve Cohen, a member of that committee today.
Congressman Cohen isn't one to mince words. This time was no different.
He told FOX13 he knows its extremely unlikely that President Trump is removed from office, but for him, it’s the principle of the thing.
“Nobody seriously thinks the Senate is going to vote to put him out of office. There’s a serious lack of spine on the Republican side of the Senate,” he said in a FaceTime interview. “There probably won’t be enough people to hold up fingers on one hand to vote for impeachment."
”We are abiding by our oaths to defend the Constitution, keep our election process clean, and be surprised about our national security.”
FOX13 spoke with Congressman Cohen just moments after House leadership filed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
We asked about election security and if they can guarantee the election will be secure.
“I wish I could,” he said. “We’ve passed bills that sit on Mitch McConnell’s desk, 275 bills that we’ve passed. Mitch McConnell would not pass the election laws we asked him to do."
"We want a paper trail. We want to see to it that the elections are free, and the Russians and other countries can’t interfere with our elections.”
The House filed articles of impeachment based on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, with no mention of the information from the Mueller report.
“The first two legs are the strongest legs. Nobody can question the facts,” he said.
FOX13 wanted to know what evidence was seen that convinced him that the President need to be impeached.
"The proof was clear, the deed was done, impeachment is the answer,” the Congressman said.
We also got the chance to speak with Senator Marsha Blackburn Tuesday, who will act as a juror when the articles reach the Senate.
Though we were only allowed to ask her one question.
We asked about her thoughts on the impeachment process and what will happen when it reaches the Senate.
“I think they have rushed the process,” she said. “They have an incomplete record."
"When it comes to the Senate, we will take it up, we will set the rules and we will decide how we move forward, then we will also make a decision as to when we have a vote of consideration.”
Congressman Cohen and House Judiciary will debate the articles of impeachment Thursday.
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