Firing Trump takes center stage as Democrats reclaim House majority: California congressman files article of impeachment, claiming the president obstructed justice by giving Comey the axe

Thursday, January 3, 2019
By Paul Martin

Rep. Brad Sherman is introducing the same article of impeachment he filed in 2017 when just one other lawmaker co-sponsored the measure
Just 19 House Democrats have co-sponsored impeachment bills during the Trump presidency
Beginning on Thursday their party has a House majority with the power to take the first step toward removing the president from office
It’s unlikely the Republican-controlled Senate would ever vote to kick Trump out of the Oval Office

3 January 2019

A California Democratic congressman is using his party’s first day controlling the House of Representatives to file an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump.

Rep. Brad Sherman introduced an identical bill in 2017, charging that Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey just months after moving into the White House.

The resolution accuses Trump of ‘threatening, and then terminating’ Comey because he knew the FBI was investigating then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and ‘conducting one or more investigations into Russian state interference in the 2016 campaign.’

Sherman told the Los Angeles Times that ‘there is no reason’ Congress shouldn’t consider impeachment: ‘Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country.’

Newly installed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the ‘TODAY’ show this week that she doesn’t want to see an impeachment ‘for political reasons,’ but cautioned that politics also won’t prevent her from calling a vote if it’s justified.

Sherman is one of three House Democrats to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump during his first two years in office.

His July 2017 effort attracted just one co-sponsor, Texas Democrat Al Green.

Green filed his own impeachment resolution in January 2018, including among Trump’s ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ his decision to ban transgender troops from the American military, his travel ban affecting Muslim-majority countries and his claim that ‘s***hole countries’ send the U.S. too many immigrants.

No one co-sponsored the measure, which was seen as a publicity stunt.

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