Rep. Rashida Tlaib announced plans during a news conference Wednesday to file an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump.
The Michigan Democrat aims to introduce the resolution in the coming weeks, a staffer told Roll Call. The move will be one of the first official congressional actions concerning impeachment of the president.
“For me, as a member of Congress, it’s so important that I make sure that I check this president ... it’s really important that the president of the United States is investigated,” Tlaib told CNN.
The representative took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm her announcement, saying “Our democracy must be protected.”
Today, I announced that later this month, I will be introducing a resolution to have the Judiciary Committee move on investigating grounds for impeachment. Our democracy must be protected. @by_the_ppl @CREDOMobile #accountabilityNow pic.twitter.com/qWXfE6zLmp— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) March 6, 2019
The freshman legislator has been advocating for several months for Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump.
Tlaib, on her first day as a member of Congress, published an editorial she co-authored in the Detroit Free Press titled, “Now is the time to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.” The article asserted the president is “a direct and serious threat to our country.”
The day her editorial was published, Tlaib controversially declared that she is going to “impeach the motherf---er,” a statement met with considerable criticism from other House Democrats.
Tlaib signed an advocacy group’s petition last week, alongside Rep. Ilhan Omar, vowing to impeach the president.
[Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar sign petition to impeach Trump]