Democrat Files Article of Impeachment Against Donald Trump
Representative Brad Sherman (D-Ca.) earlier today filed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump that accuses him of obstructing justice.
He accused the president of obstructing the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) into his campaign’s relationship with Russia and Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Most Democrats are wary of this move. They fear it might create a backlash against the party during the 2018 and 2020 elections.
To impeach the president, majority of House members will have to agree to do so. Currently, Republicans have a 24-seat majority in the House of Representative making the possibility of this moving forward nearly impossible.
Representative Sherman said that the president’s dismissal of former FBI director James Comey amounted to obstruction of justice and “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
He also cited Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump asked him to drop FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn’s relationship with Russia.
Trump and the White House initially said that Comey was fired as a result of his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server but Trump later admitted during an NBC interview that he fired Comey to stop FBI’s Russia investigations.
“In all of this, Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as president and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office,” the impeachment article said.
Congressman Sherman said he hopes this article of impeachment will serve as a warning to the Trump administration and perhaps begin the long process of removing Trump from office, should Republicans in Congress decide the time is right for such exercise.
He said he is not looking forward to elevating Vice President Mike Pence to the presidency.
“I served with Mike Pence in Congress for twelve years and I disagree with him on just about everything. I never dreamed I would author a measure that would put him in the White House,” he said.
Trump is facing special counsel investigation over the dismissal of Comey, his campaign team’s relationship with Russia and whether he colluded with Kremlin during the presidential election.
This week, President Trump’s son, Donald Jr. confirmed that he met with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin connections, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who offered to give him “dirt” on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
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