Southern California Rep. Brad Sherman has begun circulating Articles of Impeachment among his Democratic colleagues in Congress. He told The California Report he plans on filing them in the U.S. House of Representatives within the next week.
"I want to see what my colleagues have to say," said Sherman. "It could take four or five days."
The draft circulated by Sherman alleges that Trump has "sought to use his authority to hinder and cause the termination" of the FBI investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia.
The Articles of Impeachment draft alleges that Trump personally appealed to fired FBI Director James Comey to "curtail the investigation of the activities of General Michael Flynn."
Flynn contacted Russian operatives during the presidential campaign and was subsequently fired by Trump after news of Flynn's involvement and deception were made public.
As for Comey, while many observers have made the case that his testimony to a U.S. Senate committee clearly lays out an obstruction charge, the former director stopped short of saying himself whether he thought the investigation was obstructed.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- who would have to endorse any impeachment proceedings to move the articles forward -- said earlier that he did not believe it was obstruction, but rather, that Trump was "new to this."
Sherman acknowledges that impeachment is unlikely in the Republican-controlled House -- at least in the short-term.
“My guess is that we will not see Republicans coming out for impeachment for many months, and that we will not see it until additional evidence is provided,” said Sherman.
“Day after day, Donald Trump poses a real risk to our country. It’s one flabbergasting mistake after another. The national interest requires that we act expeditiously.”
Meanwhile, new reports suggest Trump is considering firing Robert Mueller, the former FBI director tapped to investigate Comey's firing and the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia.
Sherman said Mueller is not just investigating the campaign and Trump's associates, but the president himself.
“Mueller's investigating the whole process, which obviously includes the president -- whether he’s looking into the possibility of collusion prior to the election, or into Michael Flynn’s violations of law, mostly after the election," said Sherman.
"Which persons involved in the campaign or the administration, if any, will be involved in this report remains to be seen. But if you’re investigating the Trump campaign, you’re investigating all the top people in the Trump campaign, and Donald Trump is certainly amongst them.”