So, despite the overwhelming evidence that Trump did not break any laws, two Democratic congressmen are still planning on drafting articles of impeachment after accusing President Trump of obstruction of justice.
In a press conference Wednesday, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, and Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., announced their intention to draft articles of impeachment.
The announcement came hours after four crucial intelligence witnesses testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and fielded questions regarding the Russia probe and possible Trump campaign collusion, and the day before former FBI Director James Comey gives his long-awaited testimony.
“In the spirit of keeping the republic, I have concluded that the president has obstructed justice and in so doing, the remedy for obstruction of justice is impeachment,” Green said. “The president will not be indicted while he is in office, and while there is some merit in talking about the judicial process, the impeachment process is the one that will bring him before the bar of justice.”
Green added: “I will file articles of impeachment to impeach President Donald J. Trump for obstruction of justice.”
Sherman, who only became vocal on the matter Wednesday, told reporters, “I’m not going to be deterred.”
“If this were on the floor today, it would not pass,” Sherman said. “This is going to be a long process.”
Green said that firing former FBI Director James Comey was “obstruction of justice.”
“This will continue to be obstruction of justice regardless of testimony given by Mr. James Comey. This will remain obstruction of justice regardless of the findings of any investigation,” he said.
Green is the kind of guy that was going to demand the President’s impeachment either way. He first called for it last month, just days after Trump fired Comey. He even called for the process on the House floor.
A small group of Democrats have joined Green’s efforts, but he is having trouble converting his party to the cause. As of now, anyway.
House Vice Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Linda Sanchez stated that it was too early to begin the impeachment process.
“The sentiment is that folks are waiting to have the process completed. A majority of the caucus is of the opinion that we should let the investigation continue to its logical conclusion.”
Last month, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff said the Democrats should not “rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy for removing a president.”
And the Democratic senators Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill also emphasized the importance of the “facts first” strategy.
Tester: “That’s why the FBI needs to do their job, once you get the facts, then you can make a good decision. If you don’t have facts, you don’t make good decisions.”
McCaskill: “I don’t think it’s time to talk about anything like that until we see the evidence.”
The list goes on.
Former Democratic Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich had this warning:
“It is destructive to America to proceed with an impeachment at this stage of the presidency. This is not the first thing you reach for, because when the first big move a party makes is towards impeachment, it’s very difficult for the American people to conclude that it is anything but a partisan issue.”
With all the reluctance to support Green, we have a feeling he won’t get too far.