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Congressman Drafts Proposal To Impeach Trump

| by David Bonner

The latest attempt to impeach President Donald Trump comes from Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California.

Sherman circulated a proposed article of impeachment on June 12, reports The New York Times.

Charging the president with obstruction of justice, the proposal cites Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and his attempts to interfere in the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser.

"Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as president and subversive of constitutional government," Sherman says in his proposal.

The congressman's impeachment effort has virtually no chance of succeeding given the strong majority Republicans hold in the House, where impeachment proceedings must begin.

Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, explains why:  "Impeachment is not purely a legal issue. It’s a legal and political issue, and the politics here haven’t gotten to the point of impeachment even though it looks obvious there are several legal cases that can be built."

Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, dismissed Sherman's proposal as partisan politics.

“Frustrated opponents of the president are grasping at straws and factitious rumors to advance their own political agenda rather than the interests of the country," he said in an email to The Times. "There is no proof of wrongdoing on the part of the president,  which means discussions of impeachment are not only premature, but imprudent and counterproductive."

But Sherman insists that it's not a partisan issue, noting that removing Trump would put another Republican -- Vice President Mike Pence -- in his place.

In Sherman's view, Trump is simply incompetent. “Every day that goes by is a day of 'Alice in Wonderland' administration,” he said.

Although a few Democratic lawmakers support the idea of impeaching Trump, most have cautioned against it.  

"No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office," said Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, reports The Times.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont concurred: "What needs to happen is that we have got to go forward with an absolutely bipartisan investigation. The public must understand this is not a Democratic issue."

On May 17, a resolution was introduced into the California Legislature by assemblyman Evan Low asking the president to resign from office -- and if he doesn't, a call to Congress to impeach him will ensue.

In a vote on May 5, the Los Angeles City Council formally requested that the U.S. House of Representatives investigate whether sufficient grounds exist to impeach Trump, reports The Inquisitr.

The Los Angeles resolution is virtually identical to those previously passed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Berkeley, California, and Charlotte, Vermont, as The Boston Globe reported.

Only two former presidents have been impeached -- Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton --  and neither were successfully removed as a result, notes the Los Angeles Times.

Sources: The New York Times (2), Los Angeles Times (2), The Boston Globe, The Inquisitr / Photo credit: U.S. Congress via Wikimedia Commons, Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Los Angeles Times, Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times

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