Rep. Brad Sherman introduces article of impeachment against Trump

Elias Hubbard
July 15, 2017

A California Democrat has filed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in a bid to remove the president from office.

It is a first step in the sense that they introduced a resolution with a specific issue in mind: That Trump sought to cause "hindrance or termination" of investigations involving his campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation based on FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress.

Sherman said he hopes his actions persuade Trump's staff to tell him, "Now it's real articles, and for that and for so many other reasons, Mr. President, you've got to stop announcing reversals and foreign policy at 4 in the morning in 140 characters". To finally remove a president, at least two-thirds of senators must vote to impeach. Fellow Democrat Congressman Al Green of Texas co-sponsored the article. "But given the risk posed to the Republic, we should move things forward as quickly as possible".

He wrote: "If they actually see Articles, perhaps we will see incompetency replaced by care".

The articles accuse Trump of violating "his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of president of the United States". Lack of impulse control, accompanied by a refusal to have his staff control his impulses. And perhaps the danger our nation faces will be ameliorated.

In a statement released last month when he first drafted the wording, Sherman called filing the Article "the first step on a very long road".

"But the Constitution does not provide for the removal of a President for impulsive, ignorant incompetence".

Goldstone wrote that "the crown prosecutor of Russian Federation met with his father. and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary (Clinton) and her dealings with Russian Federation". In a tweet Wednesday morning, he against referred to the investigation as "the greatest Witch Hunt in political history".

Sherman acknowledged the measure was likely dead on arrival, but said he hoped the introduction of impeachment articles would "inspire an intervention" at the White House, and cause Trump to change how he's running the government. The impeachment is then tried in the Senate in a proceeding overseen by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Bill Clinton was impeached by the House in 1998 on charges of lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstruction of justice. Both were later acquitted by the Senate and stayed in office.

A majority vote in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is required to impeach a president.

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