Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday, becoming the first House member to take the extraordinary step to remove Mr. Trump from office.
According to Sherman’s filing, the president is guilty of committing “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Sherman’s specific claim is the president obstructed justice when Trump used the power of his office to block an FBI probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The article also states President Trump’s dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey obstructed justice for the reason it was carried out to blunt an FBI probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Although submitted to the House on Wednesday, the article was prepared in mid-June.
“In all of this, 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 the people of the United States,” the article, in part, read.
Sherman’s measure is co-sponsored by fellow House member, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas).
The White House responded to Sherman’s filing, describing it as “utterly and completely ridiculous and a political game at its worst.”
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