Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California doesn't think President Donald Trump will be impeached any time soon, but that hasn't stopped the Los Angeles member of Congress from introducing a bill to start the process.
"I have no illusions," Sherman said in a statement on July 10, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Articles of Impeachment will not pass the House in the near future. But given the risk posed to the Republic, we should move things forward as quickly as possible."
Sherman called on his fellow representatives for their "counsel, input and support" and said that "the national interest requires" that Trump is impeached.
"Every day Democrats, Republicans, and the entire world are shocked by the latest example of America's amateur President," Sherman said in a July 12 press release. "Ignorance accompanied by a refusal to learn. Lack of impulse control, accompanied by a refusal to have his staff control his impulses. We're no longer surprised by any action, no matter how far below the dignity of the office -- and no matter how dangerous to the country."
While the Constitution does not allow a president to be ousted for "impulsive, ignorant incompetence," said Sherman, "it does provide for the removal of a President for High Crimes and Misdemeanors."
No members of Congress besides Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas have pledged to support the four-page proposal, though Sherman said he is hopeful more will join the cause in coming days.
"Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump's campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia," Sherman said in the release. "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."
The California representative said his move was not motivated by partisan politics, as he served alongside Vice President Mike Pence in Congress for many years and disagrees with him "on just about everything." While he is not eager to see the former Indiana governor become commander in chief, he said he'd do it to oust Trump.
But what's the point of introducing the measure that he doesn't expect to pass? Sherman believes it could give the Trump administration a proverbial jolt that will encourage members to act with more "care" in the future. If that doesn't happen, it could pave the way for a future impeachment, the representative said.
"If the impulsive incompetency continues, then eventually -- many, many months from now -- Republicans will join the impeachment effort," added Sherman.