Bringing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump has been on the “to-do” list of Democrats since he won office.
A special “Trump War Room” was set up by Democratic strategist David Brock to rummage for dirt on the president to “uncover details of Trump's affection for Russia and Putin,” and to defeat Trump ”through impeachment."
Now, seven months into the Trump administration, California Rep. Brad Sherman is serving up the papers.
Articles of impeachment require that a president's actions rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and Sherman told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the “high crimes” stem from Trump’s handling of the FBI Director James Comey’s firing, which he called “obstruction of justice."
Carlson disputed the “obstruction” charge and asked the California Democrat this question:
“The larger question is why are you doing this? Of course, he’s not going to be impeached in this Congressional term knowing what we know now.”
And here’s what Sherman said:
“The hope is that it triggers an investigation — an, an intervention — in the White House, and this is a faint hope, that his staff is now able to say, ‘now these are real articles and for that and for so many other reasons, Mr. President, you’ve got to stop announcing reversals in foreign policy at 4 o’clock in the morning in 140 characters, you’ve got to stop making foreign policy in complete ignorance of the facts.'”
“Wait, so you’re impeaching him so he'll stop tweeting?”
“My hope is that we end incompetent, impulsive government.”
Some people are uncomfortable with Trump’s unconventional presidency, but management and political differences are hardly impeachable offenses and do not rise to the level of criminal “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Impeachment is supposed to be a political check on the president’s possible lawlessness.
Considering that Sherman acknowledged in the interview above that impeachment won’t go anywhere, that’s hardly the point. It’s apparently just part of the plan.