Finally, Articles of Impeachment Introduced
HR 438: Congressman Sherman of California introduces articles of impeachment against Trump, what took him so long?
The Impeachment process has begun. Hey, when we elected a clown, we got our circus...
I think that is utterly and completely ridiculous and a political game at its worst," she told reporters Wednesday at an off-camera briefing.
White House officials initially pointed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s memo criticizing Comey’s handling of the FBI’s investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. But Trump later said in an NBC News interview the Russia probe was on his mind when deciding to fire Comey.
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 article of impeachment states.
Sherman’s article is unlikely to succeed in the GOP-controlled House.
Sherman added that he never expected he would want to elevate Vice President Pence to the Oval Office.
"I served with Mike Pence in Congress for twelve years and I disagree with him on just about everything," Sherman said in a statement. "I never dreamed I would author a measure that would put him in the White House."
Introduction of the article of impeachment comes a day after Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., released a chain of emails showing his effort to meet with a Russian lawyer claiming to have damaging information about Clinton during last year’s campaign. Some critics charge that the emails are evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians.
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump,” an intermediary working to set up the meeting wrote in an email.
Sherman so far has only one supporter on his article of impeachment: Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who previously called for Trump’s impeachment on the House floor.
Sherman drew ire from fellow House Democrats last month when he began circulating a draft article of impeachment and suggested he might force a floor vote on it.
Democratic leaders and most rank-and-file members aren’t eager to aggressively push impeachment at this point. One leadership ally, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), stood up during a Democratic caucus meeting to say Sherman’s effort could hurt the party.
A spokeswoman for Pelosi reiterated Democratic calls for an independent commission to investigate Russian election interference when asked about Sherman's impeachment push.
"Leader Pelosi has repeatedly called for an outside, independent commission to get to the bottom of Trump's connection to Russia's interference in our election and to examine ways to protect the integrity of our democracy from foreign meddling in the future," Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said.
"Recent revelations, coupled with [the] president's unprecedented campaign of dishonesty and secrecy, give greater urgency to the need for House Republicans [to] bring a vote to the floor immediately to establish an outside, independent commission."