Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) on Wednesday officially introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump on the grounds of obstructing justice.
“Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia,” he said in a statement.
“It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russia probe,” Sherman added. “I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice.”
“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.”
Some Twitter users on Wednesday slammed Sherman’s move, which is the first time a lawmaker has filed an impeachment article against President Trump.
RIDICULOUS: House Democrat Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against Trump https://t.co/vqH5aVrhQr— Trendolizer (@Trendolizer) July 12, 2017
Other people on the social media platform praised Sherman’s article, which already has support from Rep. Al Green (D-TX), a vocal advocate of impeaching President Trump.
Hey @realDonaldTrump Articles of Impeachment filed against you! New record for 1st term POTUS! SAD!— Sam Bacon (@Sambacon25) July 12, 2017
Republicans boast a 24-seat advantage in the House, where a majority vote is required to impeach a president.
House rules dictate that any member can force a vote on a so-called “privileged” resolution on an issue dealing with the institution’s dignity and integrity.
The GOP’s control of the chamber makes such a resolution passing a longshot, but could put House Republicans on the record about Trump’s impeachment.
Democrats have been debating whether they should seek Trump’s impeachment amid ongoing revelations about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.
The FBI and several congressional committees are probing the matter, which includes possible collusion between Russia and President Trump’s election campaign.