California Congressman Moves to Impeach President Trump

Rep. Brad Sherman has drafted an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump that he plans to soon file and eventually raise for consideration on the House floor.

Sherman wrote a letter to members of Congress on Monday asserting that US President had attempted obstruction of justice. I believe that Trump's use of threats to obstruct the ongoing criminal investigations of Michael Flynn clearly violate 18 U.S.C. 1512 (b)(3); Violations of that section are a felony. It cites Trump requesting then FBI director James Comey to curtail the bureau's investigation into Flynn and then later terminating Comey and admitting that his main reason for doing so was related to the Russian Federation investigation. But some Democrats are feeling pressure from constituents to act, and Trump's unpredictable Twitter rants about the ongoing investigation have only emboldened them.

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"You had the double hit of one president resigning and the other president pardoning the former president", said Tim Naftali, a presidential historian at New York University.

In a statement Monday, Sherman said he was clear-eyed about the obstacles ahead: "I have no illusions", he said. Johnson, who was widely disliked by the Republican majority in Congress after replacing the assassinated Abraham Lincoln, was impeached for violating a law that meant to restrict him from removing certain office holders without Senate approval.

"But given the risk posed to the Republic, we should move things forward as quickly as possible", he said. Reps. Maxine Waters of California and Al Green of Texas have also raised impeaching Trump.

Still, as more details have emerged about Comey's firing and investigations have stalled some major components of Trump's agenda, public support has grown for taking a look at impeachment - a first step for removing a president from office. Comey said he understood the comment from the president to be an order-one he would ultimately refuse to follow.

But the issue is trickier for Democratic members of Congress who have largely been unwilling to publicly support impeachment despite repeated calls for it from anti-Trump "Resistance" activists.

Even so, Sherman's actions will be impossible to ignore. "However, if it becomes clear that such consideration is not forthcoming, I (after consultation with colleagues and leadership) will make a privileged motion that the entire House of Representatives immediately debate the Article" - thus forcing "our first impeachment-related vote".

  • Larry Hoffman