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For months the nation has held its collective breath waiting for something, anything, that the president does to be held against him and used to get him out of office. Now it appears that time has finally come, so we can all exhale: A California congressman has filed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

(That is the first time I have EVER typed his name and title in a sentence that way since I’ve had to start writing about him in that position, and I feel some type of way about it, but moving on ... )

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Rep. Brad Sherman, a Democrat from Sherman Oaks, Calif., made good on the promise he made back in June, according to KABC-TV, when he announced plans to file on the contention that Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation. The article was co-sponsored by fellow Democrat Rep. Al Green of Texas, according to a statement on Sherman’s House website.

Sherman announced the article, H.R. 438, on his Twitter account, saying, “I have introduced H.Res. 438 Articles of #Impeachment of Donald J. Trump for Obstruction of Justice.”

In his website statement, Sherman said:

I am pleased that Congressman Al Green (D-TX) has joined me in filing Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump. We now begin the effort to force the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on Obstruction of Justice and Russian interference in our election.

Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia. It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe. I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice.

Every day Democrats, Republicans, and the entire world are shocked by the latest example of America’s amateur President. Ignorance accompanied by a refusal to learn. Lack of impulse control, accompanied by a refusal to have his staff control his impulses. We’re no longer surprised by any action, no matter how far below the dignity of the office—and no matter how dangerous to the country.

But the Constitution does not provide for the removal of a President for impulsive, ignorant incompetence. It does provide for the removal of a President for High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

First of all, the shade! Let me rewind it for you so you can take it in again, this time with my emphasis on the key words and phrases:

Every day Democrats, Republicans, and the entire world are shocked by the latest example of America’s amateur President. Ignorance accompanied by a refusal to learn. Lack of impulse control, accompanied by a refusal to have his staff control his impulses. We’re no longer surprised by any action, no matter how far below the dignity of the office—and no matter how dangerous to the country.

Sherman had time today, y’all. Your president is an amateur, he is ignorant and refuses to learn, he lacks impulse control, and his staff refuses to control his impulses. The shock and awe of his presidency wore out in the first week, and now we all respond with “What now?” each time we see his name in the news.

This is the America we live in.

An article of impeachment alone will not get Trump out of office, to be clear, but it forces Congress to take action by voting on whether or not to charge him with a crime. If the House of Representatives votes to charge Trump, the Senate will then hold the trial.

Sherman wrote in his statement:

As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge. However, as to Obstruction of Justice, as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1512 (b)(3), the evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now. And the national interest requires that we do so.

Yes, Brad. Come through.

Introducing Articles of Impeachment will have two possible outcomes. First, I have slight hope it will inspire an ‘intervention’ in the White House. If Impeachment is real, if they actually see Articles, perhaps we will see incompetency replaced by care. Perhaps uncontrollable impulses will be controlled. And perhaps the danger our nation faces will be ameliorated.

From your lips to God’s/the universe’s/whatever-higher-power-you-believe-in’s ears.

Second, and more likely, filing Articles of Impeachment is the first step on a very long road. But if the impulsive incompetency continues, then eventually—many, many months from now—Republicans will join the impeachment effort.

The shade in “many, many months from now” is delicious. It makes everything taste better.

I author Articles of Impeachment not to change our national policy. I served with Mike Pence in Congress for twelve years and I disagree with him on just about everything. I never dreamed I would author a measure that would put him in the White House. I am introducing Articles of Impeachment to begin a long process to protect our country from abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and impulsive, ignorant incompetence.”​

Translation: You know shit has got to be really real if I am willing to take a chance on Vice President Mike Pence becoming president just to get rid of the idiot-in-charge.

Did we all exhale?

Good.

Now hold your breath again as we wait to see if this thing has legs.

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