Democratic congressman to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump on first day of new Congress

Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesRep. Brad Sherman during an interview on Capitol Hill.
  • Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman on Thursday said he planned to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as a new session of Congress begins.
  • The California congressman introduced articles of impeachment against Trump in 2017, but what makes this more significant is that Democrats are now taking control of the House from the GOP.
  • But it’s not clear whether other Democrats, including House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, are on board with pursuing impeachment proceedings now.

Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman on Thursday said he planned to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as a new session of Congress begins.

Sherman’s measure accuses the president of obstruction of justice related to the controversial firing of James Comey as FBI director in 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“There is no reason it shouldn’t be before the Congress,” Sherman told the Times. “Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country.”


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The California congressman introduced articles of impeachment against Trump in 2017, but what makes this more significant is that Democrats are now taking control of the House from the GOP.

But it’s not clear whether other Democrats, including House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, are on board with pursuing impeachment proceedings now.

Pelosi on Thursday indicated to the “Today” show that she’s not ruling out impeachment for Trump but doesn’t plan to pursue it at this time, saying that “we’ll have to wait and see what happens with” the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference and allegations of collusion against the Trump campaign.


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“We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason,” Pelosi said.

The Democratic leader also said it was an “open discussion” of whether a sitting president could be indicted.

“Everything indicates that a president can be indicted after he is no longer president,” she added.

It is Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted, though it is not settled by the Constitution. There’s an ongoing debate about whether Trump could face charges related to crimes he’s been implicated in by Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney.

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