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Dem Congressman Proposes Article of Impeachment for Trump

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• June 12, 2017 1:00 pm

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Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.) proposed an article of impeachment on Monday.

Sherman introduced the article because he believed President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice. After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the New York Times reported about Comey's memo detailing conversations he had with Trump. The memo claimed that Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty and said he hoped Comey could "let go" of the investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week to confirm the details of the New York Times report. Comey refused to comment on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, and Trump denied Comey's version of events and accused the former FBI director of lying.

Sherman's resolution is asserting that Trump interfered with the investigation into Flynn and sought to hinder the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Sherman outlined the pattern of behavior he believed would prove that Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice.

(1) 1) Requesting that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation curtail the investigation of the activities of General Michael Flynn under circumstances wherein it appeared that the Director Comey might be terminated if he failed to adhere to such request.

(2) Making a determination to terminate the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and only thereafter requesting that the Deputy Attorney General provide him with a memorandum detailing inadequacies in the Director's performance of his duties.

(3) Despite offering differing rationales for the termination of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, admitted subsequently that the main reason for the termination was that the Director would not close or alter the investigation of matters related to the involvement of Russia in the 2016 campaign for President of the United States.