‘For high crimes and misdemeanors’: Dem Congressman submits resolution to impeach Trump

Representative Brad Sherman (D-California) has introduced a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” including obstruction of justice over the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

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The initiative, submitted to the House of Representatives, claims the president has “prevented, obstructed and impeded” a federal investigation into his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

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Trump “sought to use his authority to hinder and cause the termination of such investigation(s) including through threatening then terminating James Comey who was until such termination the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” reads the proposed resolution.

In May, Trump abruptly fired Comey as the FBI director was leading an investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s aides and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential race.

A month later, Comey testified in Congress on the conversations he had with the president, which he said led him to believe that Trump asked him to stop looking into Flynn.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy,” Comey remembered Trump saying, according to Comey’s written notes of their meeting.

The conversation took place on February 14, according to Comey’s memos ‒ the day after Flynn was fired over misleading Vice President Mike Pence about contacts he had with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

However, when asked during the June Congressional hearing if Trump “at any time” asked him to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US elections,” Comey replied: “Not to my understanding, no.”

Even though many Democrats have accused Trump of obstruction of justice, party leaders seemed reluctant to formally back an initiative to impeach him when the calls first came in May.

Currently, the only co-sponsor on Sherman’s proposed House resolution is Representative Al Green (D-Texas). 

Green was the first Congressman to call for Trump’s impeachment from the House floor in May.

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“President Trump is not above the law. He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged,” Green said in a statement.

“Our mantra should be ‘I.T.N. – Impeach Trump Now,’” he said.

Impeachment is a three-part process outlined in the Constitution. It begins in the House of Representatives, where a simple majority can vote to impeach a federal official for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The definition is vague and has long been debated. In 1970, then-House Minority Leader Gerald Ford defined an impeachable offense as “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”

Once the House has voted to impeach, the issue heads to the Senate, which holds a trial. If the official in question is the president, then the chief justice of the US Supreme Court is the presiding judge, otherwise it is the vice president in his role as president of the Senate. The Senate needs a two-thirds majority, or 67 out of 100 votes, to find an official guilty and remove that person from office.

Only two presidents ‒ Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 ‒ have ever been impeached by the House, both of which history has judged to be highly partisan proceedings. Neither was convicted by the requisite two-thirds majority in the Senate. President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, rather than go through an impeachment vote in the House.

TRUMP’S LAWYER ASKED IMPORTANT QUESTION

Published on Jul 12, 2017

THE DEMS WILL SAY OR DO ANYTHING DIRTY POLITICS AT IT’S WORSE – BUT THEY GET AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE OF CNN ZUCKER!

HILLARY’S CONCLUSION IS MIND BLOWING BUT IT GETS IGNORED… YOU HAVE TO GOGGLE IT TO FIND IT…BURIED

ken Quinn 

I’m so sick of hearing this shit!
Speedster1919 

The DEMS are the best at being crooked…
C M 

Washington is so corrupt they will do anything to get to Trump. The establishment fears Trump because he is exposing them.
 The Dog Tutor 

it was a SECRET meeting on the plane, a lucky reporter caught it otherwise no one wouid know
Dennis Janda 

Doesn’t the news media need a standard to have a double – standard ??????…..Just Askin’ !!!!!!!!
2012saviourofstaffs 

I listen to American news a lot because I’m living in Mexico and wow 😳 it’s not even news!!! I mean seriously out of everything that happens in the world they report on things like this
Real American Patriot 

The LIBERAL Political SCUMBAGS and their Propaganda Service, the Highly Biased and Dishonest Liberal Mainstream Media are DESPERATE in finding anything negative to smear President Trump. We the GOOD, SMART and CONCERNED People of this nation are fully aware of their tactics. They have done a great DISSERVICE to this country by MISLEADING the American public with FAKE, FALSE and DISHONEST political news geared to undermine the duly elected President of the United States. The FORCES-of-EVIL (Radical Liberal SCUMBAGS) are hard at work in their mission to destroy the Presidency and this country. They will FAIL as the GOOD People of America unite to SHUTDOWN this SCOURGE upon America. IN TRUMP WE TRUST! AMERICA 1ST! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
William Keys 

NO CRIME, NO EVIDENCE, NO COMPLAINANT, NO DAMAGE. The liberal fascists are low information and low IQ.
Jay Velcamp 

If Donald trump, Jr. had anything to hide, he has had a year to delete his emails, hire professionals to wipe his servers clean, and bash all of his computers, cell phones, Ipads, etc. with hammers. Had he done those things, he’d be eligible to be nominated as a candidate for President, but he didn’t.

Legacy on Line: Obama Return to Campaign Trail to Save Dems!

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by CHARLIE SPIERING23 Jun 2017

Former President Barack Obama will return to the campaign trail this fall in an effort to stem a series of Democratic electoral losses, according to a report in the HuffPost.

Obama is expected to campaign for Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a rare decision for a former president. The decision shows that Democrats appear helpless without Obama, hoping that he will help them recapture the magic.

Northam has tried to nationalize the race by positioning himself as an anti-Trump Democrat.

“I’ve been listening carefully to Donald Trump, and I think he’s a narcissistic maniac,” Northam said in his campaign ads during the primaries.

Northam already has an eight-point polling lead over Republican candidate Ed Gillespie in the race, after the Republican nominee nearly lost his primary to challenger Corey Stewart.

A Quinnipiac University poll shows that 47 percent supported Northam, while only 39 percent backed Gillespie.

The state is currently led by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee Chairman during Bill Clinton’s presidency.

CNN Cuts Feed After Senator Objects to Clinton Foundation Atty Joining ‘Independent’ Counsel

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by JOEL B. POLLAK13 Jun 2017

CNN cut away from a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, seconds after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) raised concerns that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had hired a former Clinton Foundation attorney to assist with the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Graham was questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was sitting in for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Democrats have long accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia, though no evidence has emerged. There is also speculation that Special Counsel Mueller will probe allegations of obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Mueller had hired attorneys for his investigative team who had donated to Hillary Clinton in the past, and one in particular who had represented the Clinton Foundation in its effort to block Freedom of Information Act requests for e-mails on Clinton’s private server.

Graham: Is giving political donations a reason to disqualify somebody for serving in the Special Counsel’s office?

Rosenstein: No, Senator, it is not a disqualification. It is not.

Graham: As a matter of fact, many states, the judges and prosecutors are actually elected. Donations are a part of that system, is that correct?

Rosenstein: Yes, that’s true.

Graham: Would it be a disqualification for somebody in the Special Counsel’s office who had represented Mrs. Clinton in the past to serve?

Rosenstein: You know, Senator, it would depend on facts and circumstances. As a general matter, I think the answer is no.

Graham: Isn’t that much closer to a conflict of interest?

Rosenstein: I don’t want to answer a hypothetical, Senator. Everybody needs to make a determination based on the facts and circumstances of the individual case.

Graham: How would you get it before the Special Counsel? What process could a member of the Senate use to inform the Special Counsel that you’d have a concern about hiring someone that represented Clinton?

Rosenstein: We have a process within the Department of Justice, Senator, so I would encourage you, if you have those concerns, to raise them with [former] Director Mueller or to raise them with me, and I’ll make sure —

Graham: So should I do it to you or to him?

Rosenstein: Well, you could do it to both.

Graham: Okay. That’s fair enough.

Rosenstein: And we have career —

Graham: And I don’t know if I’ll do that, but I’ve read some things that were — I don’t think donations are disqualifying at all, but if you represented the Clinton Foundation or Clinton herself, that would be disturbing to me, but I’ll take care of that.

CNN cut back to the studio shortly after that, while Graham was still questioning Rosenstein.

Earlier, Graham had asked Rosenstein whether there was “any reason, for cause, to fire Mr. Mueller.” Rosenstein had said he did not know of any reason.