While there has been a lot of talk by Democrats about impeachment, up until just moments ago nothing had been formerly done about it. That all changed this afternoon as Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) has formerly introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.
The article, filed by the Democratic congressman, accuses the President of obstructing justice during the investigation related to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election that he subsequently won. This filing is not related to the recent news that broke pertaining to Donald Trump Jr.’s emails and subsequent meeting with what he thought would be an operative of a foreign hostile power, but instead centers around the firing of James Comey.
If you recall, the President made it clear in an interview on MSNBC with Lester Holt that he fired FBI Director James Comey in an effort to stop the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. While this action today likely won’t amount to much in terms of an actual impeachment, it is a necessary first step which could eventually lead in that direction. Of course many Republicans would have to be on board, which likely will not happen unless further evidence of criminal activity emerges, or special counsel Robert Mueller recommends such.
The White House has yet to respond to Sherman’s filing this afternoon. They will be, however, holding a press briefing at 3PM ET off camera in case any reporter cares to question them.