|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that the actions of President Donald Trump regarding multiple investigations warrant the impeachment and trial, and subsequent removal from office as President of the United States. President Trump prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice during these investigations.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe this to be only a partisan attack on President Donald Trump. His actions do not warrant his impeachment or his removal from office as President of the United States. Currently, there is no legal allegation that President Trump interfered in such investigations.
H.Res.13 sets forth an article of impeachment stating that President Trump prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice during a federal investigation.
The Articles of Impeachment are a set of charges drafted against a public official in order to kick start the impeachment process. This process does not result in the removal of an official from office, but instead requires the House of Representatives to draft a resolution, such as this specific one. Once passed, a supermajority (three-fifths or sixty percent) in the Senate is required to convict based on the articles. This resolution is currently introduced to the House Judiciary committee.
The article of impeachment states that President Trump violated his constitutional oath by knowing that Federal law enforcement authorities were investigating possible criminal law violations of his former National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn and knowing that Federal law enforcement authorities were conducting one or more investigations into Russian state interference in the 2016 campaign.
It continues stating that such investigations included the conduct of his campaign personnel and associates acting on behalf of the Trump campaign, including the possible collusion by those individuals with the Russian government.
The resolution states that Donald Trump "sought to use his authority to hinder and cause the termination of such investigation(s) including through threatening, and then terminating, James Comey, who was until such termination the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation."
The article states a pattern of behavior that ultimately leads to the conclusion that he sought to cause the hindrance or termination of said investigations. These patterns include the following:
1) Requesting that then Director of the FBI, James Comey, to curtail the investigation of the activities of General Michael Flynn, under circumstances where it appeared that Director Comey might be terminated if he failed to adhere to such request;
2) Making a determination to terminate the Director of the FBI, and only thereafter requesting that the Deputy Attorney General provide him with a memorandum detailing inadequacies in the Director’s performance of his duties;
3) Despite offering differing rationales for the termination of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, admitted that the main reason for the termination was that the Director would not close or alter the investigation of matters related to the involvement of Russia in the 2016 campaign for President of the United States; and
4) Stated that, once he had terminated the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the pressure of said investigation had been significantly reduced.
The resolution concludes by stating that Donald Trump acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President, was subversive of the constitutional government, engaged in great prejudice which led to injury of law and justice and manifested itself as injury to the people of the United States, and by that conduct, the President warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office as President of the United States.
Sponsored by: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30].
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 1 Dem.