Efforts to remove Donald Trump from the White House are, after many empty threats, more than just talk. Two Democratic congressmen have introduced an article of impeachment on President Trump. he stands accused of obstruction of justice for the way he handled the firing of then FBI Director James Comey.
The resolution was authored by California Rep. Brad Sherman and Texas Rep. Al Green.
Trump “prevented, obstructed and impeded” the investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser. The resolution claims President Trump stood in the way of the investigation by “threatening and then terminating” Comey.
“We now begin the effort to force the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on obstruction of justice and Russian interference in our election,” said Rep. Sherman.
As Fox News reports, this resolution had been expected. It had been widely discussed over the last month, though there were few in the Democratic halls of Congress willing to stand behind it. Many see the resolution as an empty threat, as the House is currently in control of the Republican party. It is highly unlikely that they will move on the measure. Even if they did, the measure would have to also clear the Republican controlled Senate.
Still, the resolution accuses the President of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” His termination of Comey “warrants impeachment and trial and removal from office.”
“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,” the resolution reads.
Rep. Sherman may seek to add to the resolution. At the press conference today announcing the resolution’s filing, he spoke about the recent allegations being made against Donald Trump Jr.
“Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia,” Sherman said.
“It now seems likely that the president had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of national security adviser Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe.”
Critics, even some Democratic lawmakers, consider this political theater. Still, Rep. Sherman is sounding optimistic.
“I served with Mike Pence in Congress for twelve years and I disagree with him on just about everything,” Sherman said. “I never dreamed I would author a measure that would put him in the White House.”