Democrats seek distance from impeachment call

Rep. Brad Sherman, a Democratic representative from California, yesterday informed House members, according to an article in the Nation today, that he will "soon file [an] Article of Impeachment regarding President Donald J. Trump". Now, one has actually done it.

It's only 143 days into Donald Trump's presidency, and articles of impeachment have been drafted.

If the Republican-led judiciary committee refuses to hold hearings by the end of August or so, Sherman says he will use an obscure parliamentary maneuver called a "privileged motion" to force a vote on the House floor. He explained: "As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge".

"The evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now", Sherman said.

But he becomes the latest Democrat to bring up the prospect of impeaching the Republican president.

Sherman said in his dear colleague letter that while impeachment does not require violation of a criminal statue, he believes members would feel more comfortable moving forward with impeachment of Trump with evidence that he committed a crime. "I don't think that the actions I've taken are going to distract people from the fact that they are losing their health care", he said.

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The former House speaker made the comment after Massachusetts Rep. Mike Capuano criticized Pelosi's fellow California Rep. Brad Sherman, who has been pushing for impeachment proceedings.

Earlier on May 9, Trump had fired James Comey from his post following which former FBI director Robert Muller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as special prosecutor to take over investigation into Russia's interference in United States presidential elections.

Sherman asked for the House to move as quickly as possible for the removal of the President in order to "ensure a competent government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law".

Sherman, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs committee, is realistic about his chances, saying on Monday, "I have no illusions". "Articles of Impeachment will not pass the House in the near future".

Democrats have repeatedly pointed to Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey and subsequent statements to the news media that he fired the head of the agency while considering the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's election, as an example of the president interfering with a federal probe into his campaign and new administration. Texas Rep. Al Green first began the effort of drafting articles of impeachment.

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