Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) unveiled a proposed article of impeachment Monday against President Trump for allegedly obstructing justice in a federal investigation.
The legislative text argues that Trump’s alleged attempts to pressure since-fired FBI Director James Comey to drop the agency’s investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn amounts to obstruction of justice.
“In all of this, Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” the proposed article of impeachment states.
Sherman wrote in a letter to fellow lawmakers on Monday that he may try to force a floor vote on his article of impeachment if the House Judiciary Committee does not take it up.
“I would hope that the Article, once submitted, would receive expeditious consideration by the Judiciary Committee. However, if it becomes clear that such consideration is not forthcoming, I (after consultation with colleagues and leadership) will make a privileged motion that the entire House of Representatives immediately debate the Article,” he wrote.
Democrats frequently will offer what are known as “privileged” motions to automatically force a House floor vote. But Republicans, while in the majority, have typically dismissed them, therefore leading to procedural votes to reject the motions.
“At that point, I expect there will be a Motion to Table, thus triggering our first impeachment-related vote,” Sherman wrote.
Since February, Democrats have been using the same procedure to force near-weekly votes on resolutions demanding Trump’s tax returns.