California Congressman Brad Sherman has filed an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump. H. Res 438 asserts one article of impeachment only – for obstruction of justice. The resolution is co-sponsored by Al Green (D-TX).
As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge. However, as to Obstruction of Justice, as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1512 (b)(3), the evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now. And the national interest requires that we do so.
Sherman noted that this is “the first step on a very long road. But if the impulsive incompetency continues, then eventually—many, many months from now—Republicans will join the impeachment effort.”
I author Articles of Impeachment not to change our national policy. . . . . I am introducing Articles of Impeachment to begin a long process to protect our country from abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and impulsive, ignorant incompetence.
According to History.com, Trump becomes the ninth President to face an impeachment threat with this resolution, joining Presidents Tyler, Johnson, Cleveland, Hoover, Truman, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.
Impeachment requires a majority vote of the House. Once impeached, a trial is held in the Senate and a 2/3rds vote is required to remove the President.
Only Presidents Johnson and Clinton have been impeached, with each surviving the Senate trial.