On Wednesday, California Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman, officially filed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. While it is considered a longshot bid to remove Trump from the White House, the California Representative accuses the president of obstructing the ongoing investigation into the 2016 presidential election and Russian ties to meddling in the results and colluding with the Trump campaign. Part of the obstruction is stated to be the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Following the filing of the article of impeachment, Sherman stated that he knew this would be the first step, but a needed one to start a long journey to removing Trump. In a statement, Rep. Sherman said that if the impulsive incompetency from Trump continues, many months from now, he hopes to see the GOP join his effort to impeach the president.
The White House responded with a statement from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying that this is politics at its worse and completely ridiculous. Unfortunately, Sanders is likely right. Sherman does not have backing from many Democrats, and he has little chance against a Republican-led House. Currently Al Green, a Democrat out of Texas is Sherman’s only supporter. The rest of the Democrats have distanced themselves from talk of impeachment at this time, believing that it only charges up supporters of Trump. They seem to be waiting for the results from the investigation into the Russian ties to the Trump administration and the President before making their decision to file impeachment articles.
Sherman may have felt the time was right following the acknowledgment by Donald Trump Jr. that he met with a Russian lawyer, hoping to come out of that meeting during the campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton. He had been promised damaging information, and then after hiding it for over a year, he has proudly put out to the public that he did, in fact, have this meeting, and Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort both attended and knew what the meeting was about. Following that incredible addition, the odds, according to Fortune, spiked for the chances of President Trump being impeached, even though nothing noteworthy about Clinton came from the meeting.
Federal authorities have stated that they have definitive evidence that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. However, Trump asked Russian President Vladimir Putin directly if Russia interfered in the election, to which the former head of the KGB said they did not interfere at all. After hearing that from Putin, Trump was ready to move on and put the Russia fake news behind him. Putin’s answer was not good enough for the federal authorities, and most of the United States, and now, while the investigation continues, the first attempt at impeachment of Donald Trump has begun.
By Cletus Dillwood
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