Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Democrats seek distance from impeachment call

Democrats in the US House of Representatives are battling behind the scenes over impeachment of US Republican President Donald Trump. Now, one has actually done it. Those who remember the Watergate meltdown that Clapper referenced will recall that it led to a decision by the House Judiciary Committee to support articles of impeachment grounded in concerns regarding both obstruction of justice and abuses of power.

Sherman penned a letter to his House colleagues, suggesting he would seek to force a floor vote on the matter. I am calling for his impeachment because we should expect conduct from our presidents that does not damage national security and obstruct justice in a very important FBI investigation. "However, as to Obstruction of Justice...the evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now". "And the national interest requires that we do so".

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley of Democrat, echoed Capuano and other leaders, telling those in the meeting, "There is a need for a family discussion before any issue of this magnitude is brought forward". During the one-on-one conversation, Comey said under oath, Trump said he "hoped" Comey would "let go" the FBI's Flynn investigation.

Sherman knows that Republicans in Congress will likely not act immediately or at all to impeach a president of their own party and that many Democrats in the House and the Senate do not share his belief that there is a case for impeachment, at least not yet. "I think he's going to self-impeach". While I understand that I may face editorial criticism, I will continue to tell the voters where I stand, and that is that Congress should begin the process of the impeachment of Donald Trump. Democratic congressman Brad Sherman of California publicly released his draft to Congress on Monday, potentially making every member take a public position on impeachment through a vote on the House floor.

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Green was the first Democrat to announce he was drafting articles of impeachment against Trump.

His article argues that Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey as he was heading an investigation into ties between Trump's associates and the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign and transition. "But we must move forward as quickly as possible to ensure a competent government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law, even if we end up with a President who is effective and dedicated to regressive policies".

He is expected to formally introduce his article of impeachment this week or next week.

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