One of the 12 US House of Representatives Democrats who represents a district won by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election has now endorsed articles of impeachment against him, saying the president “poses a dangerous threat to national security.”
Carol Shea-Porter, who serves as the Representative for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district since January 2017, said on Thursday that she is cosponsoring impeachment articles introduced by liberal Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).
All other Democrats who have launched an effort to oust Trump by endorsing his impeachment have largely hailed from safe blue districts.
Citing comments from Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) in support of impeachment, Shea-Porter said that Trump is not fit for office.
“Many Members of Congress, including myself, agree with Republican Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker that President Trump poses a dangerous threat to national security and the future of our democracy,” Shea-Porter said in a statement.
“I believe it is past time for Members of Congress to put country before party and bring these discussions out into the open,” she added.
Shea-Porter was among the dozens of Democrats who boycotted Trump’s inauguration in January, and instead attended religious services “to pray for all of our leaders and people.”
Last week, House Democrats led by effort by Representative Al Green (D-Texas), tried to move forward articles of impeachment saying the president’s “illegal conduct” including obstruction of justice is grounds for his removal. But the House rejected the effort.
The impeachment articles argued Trump has “brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule and disgrace on the presidency” and “sown discord among the people of the United States.”
Some 58 House Democrats voted in support of Green’s resolution, nearly a third of the caucus.
The articles of impeachment by Cohen allege that Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey as FBI director over the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible coordination between Moscow and Trump’s campaign.
They also include alleged violations of the US Constitution’s emoluments clause, which forbids a sitting president from receiving money from a foreign power.
US Special Counsel Robert Mueller along with several congressional panels are investigating Russia’s alleged interference in last year’s US election and possible collusion between Trump’s team and the Kremlin.
Legal experts and other Democrats are suggesting that Trump could face charges of obstruction of justice because of the way he has handled the Russia inquiry, but some analysts are saying the president is unlikely to be impeached under a Congress controlled by Republicans.