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U.S. Congressman introduces first article of Trump’s impeachment

U.S. Congressman introduces first article of Trump’s impeachment

Posted July. 14, 2017 07:17,   

Updated July. 14, 2017 07:33


A member of the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced the first formal article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Democratic Party Congressman Brad Sherman from California introduced the measure on the House floor on Wednesday (local time), accusing Trump of committing obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election in Trump’s favor. There have been calls for Trump’s impeachment, but it was the first time that a formal article of impeachment was introduced.

Filing the article is “the first step on a very long road,” Sherman acknowledged in a statement. “But if the impulsive incompetency continues, then eventually -- many, many months from now -- Republicans will join the impeachment effort.” Regarding Donald Trump Jr.’s alleged exchanges with Russia, Sherman claimed that Trump could no longer call his Russia scandal extreme leftists’ illusions. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House press secretary, said in a briefing that Sherman’s resolution was “utterly and completely ridiculous” and “a political game at its worst.

Observers generally believe that despite the symbolic significance, Sherman’s measure is unlikely to result in Trump’s removal from office, as his impeachment is not on the Democratic Party’s platform and as the Republic Party holds majority in both the House and the Senate. It would require a majority vote in the House and two-thirds of the Senate to remove a president from office. The Democratic Party leadership wants to wait and see the result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Gi-Jae Han record@donga.com