Dems file article of impeachment against Trump, citing 'high crimes'
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Reps. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and Al Green, D-Texas, filed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, citing "high crimes and misdemeanors."
In a statement, Sherman said, "Every day Democrats, Republicans, and the entire world are shocked by the latest example of America’s amateur president. Ignorance accompanied by a refusal to learn. Lack of impulse control, accompanied by a refusal to have his staff control his impulses. We’re no longer surprised by any action, no matter how far below the dignity of the office—and no matter how dangerous to the country.
"But the Constitution does not provide for the removal of a president for impulsive, ignorant incompetence. It does provide for the removal of a president for high crimes and misdemeanors."
In H. Res. 438, Sherman and co-sponsor Green say President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey - amid the Bureau's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election - constitutes obstruction of justice.
Sherman, in his statement, admitted his filing of the article "is the first step on a very long road" but hopes it will eventually gain the support of Republicans and force the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the matter.
The California Democrat concluded, "I author Articles of Impeachment not to change our national policy. I served with Mike Pence in Congress for 12 years and I disagree with him on just about everything. I never dreamed I would author a measure that would put him in the White House. I am introducing articles of impeachment to begin a long process to protect our country from abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and impulsive, ignorant incompetence.”
On May 15, Green called for Trump's impeachment in a statement, saying, "No one is above the law." Two days later, Green reiterated on the House floor, "The president must be impeached."
On June 7, Green and Sherman held a joint press conference discussing the possible impeachment of President Trump. Watch it below:
The congressmen's filing of the impeachment article Wednesday came one day after Donald Trump Jr. released an email chain pertaining to a controversial meeting he held last summer with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and his father's then-campaign manager Paul Manafort.
"Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia," Sherman's statement noted.