Articles of impeachment against Donald Trump are to be brought in front of the House as the Democrats officially take control. Representative Brad Sherman will bring the articles in, and the decision of whether to act on it lies with the Democrats for the first time.
Sherman, of Northridge, California, first brought about the impeachment articles in 2017, but now it holds more power as it is not up to Trump’s republican party to put them into effect.
Sherman’s articles of impeachment accuse Trump of obstructing justice by firing former FBI Director James B. Comey, among other things.
“There is no reason it shouldn’t be before the Congress. Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for the country.”Brad Sherman
However. newly sworn in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ruled out pursuing impeachment, saying she will wait for the outcome of the special counsel investigation.
Evidence of wrongdoing “would have to be so conclusive”, Pelosi said before the midterm elections. It is thought that she won’t pursue it as some Democrats have said it would divide the party. Pelosi also said previously that any impeachment would have to be bipartisan.
What is Impeachment?
Impeachment does not mean removal from office, only a statement of charges. Once an individual is impeached, he or she must then face the possibility of conviction by a legislative vote, which judgment entails removal from office.
The Constitution defines impeachment at the federal level and limits impeachment to “The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States” who may be impeached and removed only for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”.
The impeachment process is a two-step procedure. The House of Representatives must first pass, by a simple majority of those present and voting, articles of impeachment, which constitute the formal allegation or allegations. Upon passage, the defendant has been “impeached”. Next, the Senate tries the accused. In the case of the impeachment of a president, the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the proceedings.