While Rep. Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she’s not ruling out impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, one House Democrat says he plans to re-introduce articles of impeachment against the president.
Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, plans to re-introduce articles of impeachment against Trump on the first day of the new Congress, he said Thursday.
Sherman was one of three Democrats who introduced resolutions to impeach Trump in 2017, along with Reps. Al Green of Texas and Steve Cohen of Tennessee, part of an effort from a small wing of House Democrats seeking to remove the President from office, according to CNN.
Sherman told CNN Thursday that his goal is to force the conversation on impeachment when special counsel Robert Mueller’s report comes out, saying he is simply doing the same thing he did in 2017 to push the discussion, accusing Trump of obstructing justice, according to CNN.
Pelosi said she isn’t ruling out impeachment proceedings against Trump, depending on findings by the special counsel investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Pelosi is set to become House speaker Thursday and told NBC’s “Today” show, “we’ll have to wait and see what comes” from Mueller’s probe of contacts between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.
Democrats are assuming the majority in the House, where the Constitution says impeachment proceedings must begin. Pelosi previously called impeachment a “divisive activity,” and Democrats were cautious about mentioning the “I” word during the 2018 midterms for fear it would backfire politically.
But Pelosi did not shy away from it Thursday. She said, “We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason.”
It’s unclear that a sitting president can be indicted. Justice Department guidelines suggest he can’t. Pelosi calls it “an open discussion.” She adds, “Everything indicates that a president can be indicted after he is no longer president.”
Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the campaign or with his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to federal campaign finance violations.