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An Article of Impeachment Based on Trump's Obstruction of Justice Is Now Circulating in the House

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California Congressman Brad Sherman, a senior Democrat, proposes a resolution--and promises to trigger impeachment votes in the chamber.

Congress has sufficient grounds to hold President Trump to account for obstruction of justice. The proper means for holding him to account is an impeachment process, one that is informed by lessons from the Congress that sought to hold Richard Nixon to account after his Watergate-era wrongdoing was revealed. That's not a radical construct. That's a historical construct. And it is entirely relevant to the moment in which the United States finds itself today. Former director of national intelligence James Clapper told Australia's National Press Club last week, "Watergate pales really in my view compared to what we're confronting now."

Clapper was discussing the many inquiries into alleged ties between members of the Trump administration and the Russians. But he also referenced the president's firing of FBI director James Comey, which the veteran public official characterized as "egregious and inexcusable." Those who remember the Watergate meltdown that Clapper referenced will recall that it led to a decision by the House Judiciary Committee to support articles of impeachment grounded in concerns regarding both obstruction of justice and abuses of power. In testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey outlined contemporary evidence of obstructions of justice and abuses of power that argue for immediate action by members of Congress to check and balance this president.

At least one member of the House was listening. Congressman Brad Sherman, a senior Democratic representative from California, on Monday notified House colleagues that he will "soon file [an] Article of Impeachment regarding President Donald J. Trump." Sherman contacted Democratic and Republican members seeking support for that his accountability move. He explained: "As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge. However, as to Obstruction of Justice and 18 USC 1512 (b)(3), the evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now. And the national interest requires that we do so."

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