Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) plans on commencing the first day of Democrats control of the U.S. House of Representatives by reintroducing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
A half-dozen Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against Trump last year, accusing the president of obstruction of justice and other offenses. Their efforts were a long shot in the then-Republican-led House.
Sherman first introduced articles of impeachment against Trump in July 2017, with the co-sponsorship of Rep. Al Green (D-TX). The California congressman also contends Trump is guilty of obstructing justice by firing former FBI Director James B. Comey after Comey refused to stop investigating former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“There is no reason it shouldn’t be before the Congress,” Sherman told Los Angeles Times. “Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country.”
Democrats leaders, including incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have warned an impeachment campaign riles up Trump’s GOP base and would backfire. Pelosi has said she wants to wait for special counsel Robert S. Mueller to issue a final report from his Russia probe before moving to impeach Trump.
The party’s obsession with removing Trump carries more political significance with the Democratic-controlled House, but Democratic efforts to convict and remove Trump is unlikely to happen.
Republicans increased their majority in the Senate in the 2018 elections and impeachment would have to be confirmed by the Senate in a two-thirds majority.