WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Brad Sherman, (D)-Calif., on Wednesday filed impeachment articles against President Donald Trump alleging the president interfered with the ongoing federal investigation into what, if any, role Russia may have played in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Sherman unveiled the bill, HR 438, on Wednesday alleging Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in an effort to thwart the federal investigation into Russian interference, and accusing the president of obstruction of justice.
“Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of people of the United States,” the bill reads. “Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.”
The likelihood that Sherman’s bill will get anywhere is minute considering the only other representative to sign onto it is Rep. Al Green, (D)-Texas, who has also repeatedly called for Trump’s impeachment.
Most Democrats have scoffed at signing such bills due to the fact that Republicans control both the House and the Senate and consider arguing for such an act a waste of time. That said, House Democrats have no less waged war against the Trump administration, particularly in light of recent revelations that Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., has admitted to meeting with Russian insiders in the Spring of 2016 in an effort to obtain information on his father’s then political rival Hillary Clinton.
Asked about the impeachment bill during an off-camera moment at at White House briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it “utterly ridiculous” and “a political game at its worst.”
In a statement, Sherman said he and Green will push the Judiciary Committee for hearings on the matter and added that he hopes introducing articles of impeachment would “inspire an ‘intervention’ in the White House.”
Sherman, acknowledging the fact that the Bill is likely to go nowhere, called his efforts “the first step on a very long road,” and said he believes Republicans will eventually join the effort “many, many months from now” if the president’s “incompetence” continues.
Only three presidents in history have been the subject of impeachment proceedings. Both Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton 1999 were acquitted but were permitted to remain in office. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid official impeachment.