Washington:  A US lawmaker on Wednesday became the third Democrat this year to introduce articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, saying the president’s “illegal conduct” including obstruction of justice is grounds for removal.

“We’re calling upon the House to begin impeachment hearings immediately,” Steve Cohen of Tennessee told reporters as he unveiled five articles accusing Trump.

The measure has five other co-sponsors, and Cohen said about a dozen others are close to signing on.

Under the rules of Congress, a majority vote in the 435-member House of Representatives is required to impeach a president. Republicans control the chamber with a 46-seat advantage, so the chance of a vote or hearings on the matter is virtually zero for now.

Cohen says his charges include obstruction of justice related to Trump’s pressuring and firing of FBI director James Comey over the investigation into Russian meddling in the US election and possible coordination between…

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