Thursday, July 13, 2017

IT BEGINS: Congressmen Takes First Steps In Impeaching Trump

Rep. Brad Sherman and the bills co-sponsor Rep. Al Green

California Rep. Brad Sherman, an 11-term Democrat, introduced an article of impeachment in the House, seeking to remove Donald Trump from office.

Sherman believes Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in retaliation for his continued investigation into former national security advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

In his media release Sherman explains...

Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia. It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe. I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice.

In the release Sherman also took some well deserved shots at Trump's grotesquely unpresidential conduct...

The Constitution does not provide for the removal of a President for impulsive, ignorant incompetence,. It does provide for the removal of a President for High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

While Sherman fully expects Republicans to continue backing the disastrous Trump administration in the long term he has hopes that raising the option now might spur the GOP to action...

"First, I have slight hope it will inspire an “intervention” in the White House. If Impeachment is real, if they actually see Articles, perhaps we will see incompetency replaced by care. Perhaps uncontrollable impulses will be controlled. And perhaps the danger our nation faces will be ameliorated. 
Second, and more likely, filing Articles of Impeachment is the first step on a very long road. But if the impulsive incompetency continues, then eventually—many, many months from now—Republicans will join the impeachment effort."

Sherman concluded by saying...

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.

The impeachment measure is a long way from a floor vote and is expected to be referred to the House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) co-sponsored the article.

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