Dem Rep. Cooper joins call for impeachment inquiry of Trump


Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., center, joined at left by Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., confers with other Democrats as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper is abandoning previous misgivings by calling for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

In Tuesday’s statement, the Nashville Democrat contended that Trump’s continuing misconduct requires that Congress uphold the U.S. Constitution and laws.

Cooper cited Trump’s phone conversation with Ukraine’s leader, arguing Trump invited another foreign power to undermine U.S. elections.

Trump’s reference to former Vice President Joe Biden on the call raised questions about whether the president improperly used his office to pressure another country to hurt a chief Democratic rival in the presidential race.

Trump deemed the call “very friendly and totally appropriate” and said he’s directed the release of an unredacted transcript.

In May, Cooper contended that the 2020 elections were the best way to bring Trump to justice.

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