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Sherman: Trump Impeachment Closer, But Will Take More Time

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By    |   Monday, 21 August 2017 10:30 AM

California Rep. Brad Sherman, who filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in July, has tried to hold down expectations for Trump's immediate removal, telling several hundred attendees of a town hall meeting over the weekend that it "could take a few more shocking things to happen," the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

Sherman emphasized that getting rid of Trump through the 25th Amendment, which allows members of an administration to remove a president in the national interest, is even less likely, because Trump could fire any Cabinet member he thought was turning against him.

Sherman told the crowd, which cheered his reasons for seeking Trump's impeachment, that in their last town hall meeting in April, he had not yet concluded that the president must be removed, but has since investigated the evidence and concluded that Trump had indeed committed high crimes and misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for impeachment.

Sherman particularly cited the sworn testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, which he said demonstrated that Trump threatened him to drop the Russia meddling investigation, then fired the FBI director when he didn't.

He cautioned, however, that, as far as impeachment goes, "We're not there yet."

When he submitted his articles of impeachment in July, Sherman told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that he does not expect them to actually oust Trump, but said he hopes they can serve as a means to stop what he termed as Trump's impulsive governing style.

Sunday's town hall meeting was sometimes raucous when about a dozen Trump supporters waved signs and interrupted Sherman every few minutes shouting, "Lies!" They were then drowned out by the rest of the crowd.

Sherman condemned the president's remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, but said Trump's failure to handle the situation correctly is not another cause for impeachment, saying, "I don't think you can impeach a president for being wrong."

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California Rep. Brad Sherman, who filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in July, has tried to hold down expectations for Trump's immediate removal, telling several hundred attendees of a town hall meeting over the weekend that it "could take a few...
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