Thursday marks the first day of Democratic control over the House of Representatives, and California Rep. Brad Sherman’s first order of business will be introducing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Sherman (D-Northridge) is reintroducing a measure that he first rolled out in 2017. But this year it carries more political significance: The decision of whether to act on it rests with Democrats — not Trump’s Republican allies.
Sherman’s articles of impeachment accuse Trump of obstructing justice by firing former FBI Director James B. Comey, among other wrongdoing.
“There is no reason it shouldn’t be before the Congress,” Sherman said. “Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country.”
Sherman is moving forward with the measure despite incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s public opposition to impeachment at this juncture.
Pelosi has indicated she prefers to wait for special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report before making a determination, noting that impeachment would have to be a bipartisan effort.
The Times said Pelosi told PBS NewsHour just before the midterm elections that “the evidence would have to be so conclusive” to warrant drawing up articles of impeachment.
Sherman says he’s not worried that introducing the resolution — the first of what could be several articles filed — would box his colleagues into answering a difficult political question.
“Every member of the House will have to address [the issue] whether there are formal articles of impeachment pending,” he said.