On Wednesday, two Democratic lawmakers made the first formal effort to impeach Trump, arguing that he should be ousted for misdemeanors and high crimes.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), who introduced an article of impeachment against the Commander in Chief along with Rep. Al Green (D-TX), noted that the U.S. Constitution does not allow the removal of a country’s executive for incompetence or being impulsive.
Instead, the Constitution allows a President to be dismissed for misdemeanors and high crimes. The two lawmakers don’t believe their efforts will have any effect in the GOP-controlled Congress, but they are confident they can send a strong message.
The article of impeachment states Trump should be removed from office because he abused his authority to “hinder and cause the termination” of the FBI probe into the Russian meddling with the U.S. elections. The lawmakers accuse Trump of “threatening, and then terminating” former FBI chief James Comey.
There Is Enough Evidence to Support Impeachment
Rep. Sherman highlighted that Trump admitted on the air that he fired Comey because of his bureau’s investigation into Russia. In addition, he told two Russian diplomats the day after the firing that he felt relieved Comey was gone.
The lawmakers hope that, as the investigation progresses, more evidence to support impeachment will surface. Rep. Sherman said that there is enough evidence to impeach Trump for obstruction of justice under 18 U.S.C. § 1512 (b)(3).
The article cited by Sherman defines obstruction of justice as an act of “intimidation” or the use of threats and other means of corrupt persuasion of a person with intent to […] hinder, delay, or prevent a federal investigation or other legal proceedings.
According to the Hill, when the two congressmen unveiled the draft of the article of impeachment to their colleagues in June, other Democrats said it was too early to introduce it.
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