California Democrat launches longshot bid to impeach Trump

In this March 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. The bill to rename a Southern Utah highway after Trump was dropped Wednesday | Associated Press photo by Evan Vucci via Miami Herald, St. George News

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (AP) — A California Democrat has filed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump Wednesday in a longshot bid to remove the president from office.

Rep. Brad Sherman accuses Trump of obstructing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, in part by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

Sherman acknowledges that filing the article 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,” Sherman said in a statement.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sherman’s resolution was “utterly and completely ridiculous” and “a political game at its worst.”

Sherman’s effort has little chance of success in the Republican-led House. Sherman doesn’t even have the backing of many fellow Democrats.

Democratic leaders have distanced themselves from the efforts to impeach Trump, believing it serves only to energize the president’s supporters. Sherman’s resolution has one co-sponsor, fellow Democrat Al Green of Texas.

Sherman filed the article a day after the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., acknowledged that he met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. An intermediary for the lawyer promised damaging information from the Russian government about Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump Jr. said he received no information about Clinton at the meeting.

The president has questioned his own intelligence agencies and whether the Russians actually interfered in the election. However, federal authorities say they have definitive evidence that the Kremlin meddled in the U.S. presidential election.

Written by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press. AP writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report.

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  • John July 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    You need evidence of an impeachable offense, of which , at this point there is NONE! Therefore it is all a waste of time…Why do people continue with this foolish unicorn hunt? I call it a unicorn hunt because witches actually exist. ( at least in their own minds)..But most of us are really getting tired of all the stupid that is going on..REPS>>DO YOUR JOBS for a change and quit are looking like a bunch of spoiled brats throwing a tantrum for not getting your way..November 2018 is coming..just remember that

  • NoNonsense July 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Hang in there everyone if we all just keep with the fail 5 fail safe steps for defending Trump, we will get through this.
    Step 1: Its fake news, it never happened.
    Step 2: Ok, it happened, but it wasn’t a big deal.
    Step 3: Fine, it was a big deal, but at least it wasn’t illegal.
    Step 4: So it was illegal, but (insert Obama/Hillary) did (this). So it doesn’t count.
    Step 5: Call them all sore loosing liberals, make fun of them, etc, then bury head in sand.

    • Henry July 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Very cute logical fallacy, NoNonsense. The similar question back to you – are you still beating your wife?

      • Sedona July 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        Typical liberal limp-wristed, lily-livered, yellow belly come-back. Can’t defend your senseless agenda, can you?
        What a wimp…..

        • Henry July 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

          “Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, ****less, hopeless, heartless, fat-***, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey **** he is. Hallelujah. Holy s***. Where’s the Tylenol?”
          – Clark Griswald, from the movie “Christmas Vacation”

    • John July 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Do you have actual evidence of an impeachable offense? If so the world needs to see it.. If not, It really is Fake news !!

      • Rainbow Dash July 13, 2017 at 12:08 am

        Glad too. Here’s a set of emails released yesterday (july 11th) by DONALD TRUMP Jr. himself PROVING that he and others in the Trump campaign colluded with officials in the Russian Government to harm the Clinton campaign.

        • John July 13, 2017 at 8:52 am

          fake news..a private citizen can talk to and correspond to whomever they please..take your liberal fake news elsewhere….you want to investigate? Look into Hillary and the democrats…18 U.S. Code § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy

          Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

          • John July 13, 2017 at 8:58 am

            and that’s why Donald Trump Jr did not bleach bit his e-mails..nothing to hide..but if he did would that make it ok for the unicorn hunters? it did for Hillary?

        • John July 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

          For almost a full year now the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC and CNN, among others, have teamed up to bring us one Russian collusion story after another. Yet, after all of it, even including the New York Times’ most recent Trump Jr. ‘bombshell’, they are still no closer to actually presenting any tangible evidence that anyone within the Trump administration actually colluded with the Russian government and/or otherwise committed any actual crimes of any type throughout the 2016 campaign.

  • ladybugavenger July 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I’m tired of this nonsense! I voted for Trump and you are saying my vote doesnt count. No regrets! You didn’t get your way- deal with it. Move on with your life.

  • jaybird July 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Sorry Ladybug, your vote doesnt count because you voted in a Russian mole who is selling off America bit by bit for his own profit. When its all over, wish you could do time in Russia with your dictating leader. You and all of the other fools who continue to support government corruption, lying publically, authoritarian governments that believe in killing dissidents, journalists and strong arm dictators with ties to opposing foreign powers. Trump colluded and took his whole family down with him. No decent person would back up all his lies and corruption.

    • John July 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

      the stupid is thick on this one…hahahahaha!

      • LegalEye July 13, 2017 at 9:26 am

        Obviously the stupid is thick in you! Hence, your comment.

        • John July 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

          I’m not the one chasing unicorns….Hence, the stupid is thick on you too !! hahaha!

    • Henry July 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Hey Jaybird, who’s the “Russian mole”? From RealClear Politics and Snopes:

      ” At a nuclear disarmament summit in Seoul in March 2012, President Obama was caught on a hot mic talking to Russian President (at the time) Dimitri Medvedev. “This is my last election,” Obama said. “After my election I have more flexibility.”

      “I understand,” Medvedev is recorded replying. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir (Putin).” “

    • ladybugavenger July 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Well, one world order is coming and no one can stop it. Get right with Jesus and have a blessed day!

  • utahdiablo July 12, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    The only reason for any of this Russia BS is to try to keep Trump off his game, too bad losers, not going to happen…..Drain the Swamp, Bulid the Wall, Make America great again

  • indy-vfr July 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Everything was so much better when we were led by a “Leftist Community Organizer”

  • high5 July 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Yeah – Well ya know California??

  • 42214 July 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    This is a Look at Me moment for Rep Sherman. When the dust settles Trump will be President and the only people in jail, if anyone does go to jail which won’t happen, will be Ms Lynch, Hillary or Bernie’s wife.

    • Sedona July 13, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      How true…
      Obviously the left never learned to swim.

  • jaybird July 22, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Hey Trumpers around here: It sounds sheepish to believe the lies about Hillary and pronounce Russian interference as lies, or look the other way when Trump lies are uncovered. You are the liars; lying to yourself about this Russian mole you voted in. Might try sitting the next elections out. You’re judgment got lost in the orange hype.

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