Articles of Impeachment Filed against US President Trump over ‘Obstruction of Justice’

US President Donald J. Trump (R) and his wife Melania disembark Air Force One at Orly airport in Orly, near Paris, France, 13 July 2017. Photo: Ian Langsdon/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

  • Democratic Representative from California Brad Sherman has filed Articles of Impeachment against US President Donald Trump.
  • Sheman has argued that Trump’s firing of then FBI Director James Comey amounts to obstruction of justice with respect to the investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.
  • Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia, the Congressman has concluded.
  • Sheman hopes his motion will either trigger an intervention with Trump’s governance style, or will eventually gain bipartisan support to impeach the US President.

Representative Brad Sherman (D – CA) has become the first member of the US Congress to file Articles of Impeachment against US President Donald Trump.

Sherman has done so over Trump’s firing of then FBI Director James Comey back in May, arguing that the Comey sacking, among other things, constitutes obstruction to justice.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey arguing Comey had mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Shortly after that the US President Donald Trump seemed to be making a veiled threat against former FBI Director James Comey hinting of tapes of their conversations – until he admitted at the end of June that he did not possess any such recordings.

Critics have argued the firing may be an attempt to hinder the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia, and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections.

In January 2017, the US intelligence community voiced its conclusions that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hackers to use cybercrime in order to sway the 2016 US vote in favor of Donald Trump, to the detriment of his rival Hillary Clinton.

Also in January, a leaked dossier authored by a former MI6 agent alleged that Moscow had compromising materials on Trump that could be used to blackmail him.

The intelligence committees of both houses of the US Congress and the FBI are all presently investigating whether Trump’s associates were in contact with Russian officials during the 2016 US Presidential Elections campaign.

At the end of May, former CIA Director John Brennan revealed in a testimony before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee that in the summer of last year he had information about contacts between the team of future American President Donald Trump and Russia.

On June 14, The Washington Post reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed after Trump fired James Comey as head of the FBI, had widened his probe to examine if the US President had attempted to obstruct justice, or influence the investigations surrounding himself or his associates.

Trump has been revealed to have asked then FBI Director Comey to end an investigation against his former short-lived National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn who is reported to have been in contact with Russian officials and persons with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race.

A report has revealed that Trump suggested to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers that they publicly refute the suspicions of collusion between the Trump team and Russia.

US Democratic Representative from California Brad Sherman delivers remarks during a press conference on the impeachment articles for President Trump he is authoring in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 07 June 2017. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

‘Eager to Receive Assistance from Russia’

US Congressman Brad Sherman (D – CA), joined by Congressman Al Green (D – TX), introduced on Wednesday an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Sherman announced in a release.

The Article is based on Article 1, dealing with “Obstruction of Justice,” which was passed by the Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote on July 27, 1974, regarding Richard M. Nixon.

Sherman circulated a draft Article on June 12, 2017, and has been conferring with colleagues and legal experts from around the country since then.

“Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia,” the Democratic Representative from California wrote.

“It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe.  I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice,” he added.

Sherman said that introducing Articles of Impeachment against Trump would have two possible outcomes.

“I hope that his will trigger, along with many other things, an intervention in the White House where the staff will sit down with the President, and get him to govern in a different style,” he told Fox News 11, reiterating what he had written earlier.

“Because if he is able to provide competent governance, if he is able to stop announcing foreign policy by tweets at 4 in the morning, then – although I think the line has been crossed, I think articles of impeachment have been called for – I’ll never get the Republican support that will take those articles to pass,” the Congressman added.

“Second, and more likely, filing Articles of Impeachment is the first step on a very long road.  But if the impulsive incompetency continues, then eventually – many, many months from now – Republicans will join the impeachment effort,” he wrote earlier.

‘Long Process’

Sherman argued he was introducing Articles of Impeachment “to begin a long process to protect our country from abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and impulsive, ignorant incompetence.”​

To take effect, Articles of Impeachment must pass the House by a majority vote – an unlikely outcome in today’s Republican-controlled chamber.

Sherman highlighted Trump’s apparent effort to quash a probe into his campaign’s alleged links with Russian officials before last November’s presidential election.

Also mentioned were this week’s revelations from The New York Times that Trump’s eldest son met with a Russian lawyer last June in the hope of receiving potentially explosive information on his presidential elections rival Hillary Clinton.

Hours before Sherman’s article was filed, Trump said in an interview that Russian President Vladimir Putin would rather have seen Hillary Clinton win the White House.

The Article of Impeachment (H. Res. 438) against US President Donald Trump filed by Congressman Brad Sherman and co-sponsored by Congressman Al Green can read HERE.

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