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A Congressman has introduced the first officially filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The measure, HR 438, was introduced on the House of Representatives floor in July. While he believes the impeachment will go through, he's not as confident that the president will be removed from office.

Los Angeles-area Rep. Brad Sherman drafted and circulated the articles of impeachment, something he had vowed to do ever since Trump took office. According to Sherman, many House Democratic leaders have disapproved of his efforts. His only co-sponsor of the measure was Rep. Al Green (D-Texas).

Democratic leaders have attempted to hush incessant talk of impeachment in hopes of focusing on health care bill revisions, economic issues and the investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election.

While some Democratic leaders joined in the 'impeach Trump' chants a few months ago, many of them began to realize that without evidence, these cries may have been premature and make the party look bad. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was one of the voices of reason that urged party leaders to wait until investigations were complete.

Sherman had initially promised Pelosi to hold off on the impeachment proposal, but went on to put it through anyway. It will be a while before the measure comes to a vote, and it will most likely be thrown at the House Judiciary Committee first.

Obviously, the measure will face staunch GOP opposition at this point, and is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled House.

Sherman himself believes impeachment - a hearing on whether the president committed high crimes or misdemeanors - is very possible. Actual removal from office, however, is unlikely, he admits.

“Impeachment is more likely than the 25th Amendment, and it could take a few more shocking things to happen,” Sherman said. “We’re not there yet.”

While only two presidents have been impeached (Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton), none have ever been removed from office.

Liberal and progressive thinkers, however, remain hopeful. In a recent survey published in The Hill last week, some 73 percent of Democrats would be willing to give up alcohol in exchange for a Trump impeachment. Some of those people said they would be willing to quit drinking for a year, but many said they would be willing to give up drinking for life for a Trump-free government.

In the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, some are joining Sherman in his eagerness to see something done. If not impeachment, some measures to censure the president may be in order, argues Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove).

“I think given his actions, his words post-Charlottesville, you can very well make the case, and we are starting to talk about that, of censuring the president,” Bera told his constituents at a town hall meeting. “We can’t do that without Republicans finding the political courage to join with us.”

“I, at this particular point, am embarrassed by our president and some of his actions, some of his words,” Bera added.

Bera does agree that impeachment, if not removal from office, is inevitable. “I think things are moving in that direction. I think the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is accelerating the investigation.”

Many Democrats, however, are trying to put their focus on the 2018 mid-term elections.

Source: Time, The Hill
Photos: USA Today, You Tube

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