Trump impeachment articles missing any actual criminal act

Six House Democrats have filed articles of impeachment against President Trump, spelling out the reasons he should be removed from office.

They say he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, who was looking into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Collusion may be unseemly, but it is not a crime.

They also say Trump violated the emoluments clauses, which prohibits officials from taking gifts, apparently because his hotels profit from renting rooms.

They added that Trump has undermined the courts and the press and this threatens democracy. We thought democracy was strengthened by arduous debate about its institutions, including the gridlocked Congress.

Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat who sponsored the articles of impeachment was quoted as saying, “Given the magnitude of the constitutional crisis, there’s no reason for delay.”

Bill Clinton was impeached by the House but failed to be convicted by the Senate. At least he was accused of something that was actually a crime.