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Barzee Flores to run impeachment commercial around Trump's State of the Union speech



A former judge running for Congress in Miami is rolling out a campaign commercial based around her belief that President Donald Trump needs to be impeached and removed from office.

"As a former judge, I can tell you there's a reason the founders made the rules for impeachment different from a criminal trial," Mary Barzee Flores says in a commercial released Thursday by her campaign. "They gave Congress the power and responsibility to remove a dangerous president. Donald Trump has abused his power, obstructed justice, encouraged hate and used his office to enrich himself."

Barzee Flores, who is running in a crowded Democratic primary to claim the U.S. House seat being vacated by the retiring Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, first called on Trump to be impeached back in November, joining a small but vocal group of Democrats demanding the president's ouster. At the time, she called on her Democratic opponents to do the same.

Chatter on whether to impeach Trump has focused on allegations that he colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, and that he obstructed an investigation into the issue.

Barzee's campaign says she'll the first to air a television commercial in the race. She will be airing the spot before and after Trump's State of the Union speech on Jan. 31.

Also in the race on the Democratic side: Matt Haggman, Michael Hepburn, Mark Anthony Person, David Richardson, Jose Javier Rodriguez, Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and Ken Russell