The Democratic party are set to vote on two bills that will eliminate the electoral college and prevent President Trump from pardoning people, in order to allow Hillary Clinton to run for President in 2020.
Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen, who is a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, eagerly introduced the bills on the very first day of the new Congress.
Dailymail.co.uk reports: The first would eliminate the electoral college and provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States, according to a statement from his office.
The second would limit the presidential pardon power by prohibiting presidents from pardoning themselves, members of their families, members of their administrations and their campaign staff.
Both bills are designed as an attack on President Trump, who lost the popular vote in the 2016 election by 2.8million ballots but won office via the electoral college.
Meanwhile, Trump has openly mulled pardoning former campaign manager Paul Manafort after he was convicted as part of the Russia probe.
Pardons for ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and associate Roger Stone have also been the subject of media speculation.
Steve Cohen said: ‘In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College.
‘Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office.
‘More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators. It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.’
Speaking about the second bill, he added: ‘Presidents should not pardon themselves, their families, their administration or campaign staff.
‘This constitutional amendment would expressly prohibit this and any future president, from abusing the pardon power.’
Democrats took control of the House of Representatives on Thursday as the 116th Congress was sworn in and made tackling President Trump their first priority.
Articles of impeachment were immediately tabled by Democrat Brad Sherman, of California, who argued that Trump had obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey while he was investigating Russian election interference.
The resolution accuses Trump of ‘threatening, and then terminating’ Comey because he knew the FBI was investigating then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and ‘conducting one or more investigations into Russian state interference in the 2016 campaign.’
Meanwhile Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, told supporters at a swearing-in party that ‘we’re going to impeach that motherf***er.’
Tlaib had earlier penned an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press alongside John Bonifaz, a constitutional lawyer and founder of the ‘Impeach Donald Trump Now’ campaign, in which the pair issued the same demand.
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