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Democratic Rep. Sherman Drafts Article of Impeachment Against Trump
Article argues Trump obstructed justice in trying to hinder or terminate Flynn investigation

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., attends a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing about Russian interference in the 2016 election featuring testimony by former FBI Director James Comey on June 8, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Brad Sherman has drafted an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump that he plans to soon file and eventually raise for consideration on the House floor. 

The California Democrat’s article argues that Trump obstructed justice by using his authority as president to hinder or terminate a criminal investigation into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn. It cites Trump requesting then FBI director James Comey to curtail the bureau’s investigation into Flynn and then later terminating Comey and admitting that his main reason for doing so was related to the Russia investigation.

Hearing Drags Out Resolution on IRS Impeachment Debate
No action expected until after the November election

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, seen during a 2014 House Oversight hearing, told the Judiciary panel he would not resign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The debate about whether to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is unlikely to come to a quick resolution after a House hearing Wednesday in which some Republicans asked the IRS to provide more information to Congress.

Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia opened the hearing by calling the allegations against Koskinen “serious” and saying that the committee has “meticulously poured through thousands of pages of information” on the matter.  But his plans for how or whether to proceed on an impeachment resolution filed against Koskinen were still unclear after the nearly four-hour session.

IRS Impeachment Debate Latest Example of House GOP Infighting
Rank and file show influence when the conference lacks consensus to act

Embattled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen met with House Republicans on Wednesday to make his case for why he shouldn't be impeached. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As divided House Republicans debate whether they should vote to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, members are also wrestling over when it’s appropriate to skirt traditional legislative procedures and take matters into their own hands.

The impeachment effort is just the latest example of a group of rank-and-file members trying to push for a vote on an issue that they see as a priority but that lacks broad support among the House Republican Conference. 

House Panels Lay Out Case That Clinton Perjured Herself
Letter to Justice Department alleges 4 examples from Benghazi testimony

Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi has drawn criticism from Republicans for possible perjury. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two House committees sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday laying out their case for why they believe Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton committed perjury during a hearing in Congress last year.

The letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips from the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees provides four specific examples of times they believe Clinton lied under oath about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. The letter said Clinton made several false statements during her testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015.

Loretta Lynch on the Hot Seat
Judiciary Committee to question attorney general's meeting with Bill Clinton

Attorney General Loretta Lynch (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Judging from her prepared statement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch will arrive on Capitol Hill Tuesday ready to testify about criminal justice reform and the Justice Department's efforts to train local law enforcement.  

But Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have other ideas.  

Critics Present Their Case Against IRS Chief Koskinen
Committee refuses to accept Koskinen's statement after he declined its invitation

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz testifies on Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the actions of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A House hearing on the alleged misdeeds and potential impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was held without its key witness on Tuesday, after Koskinen spurned an invitation to testify and was denied a request to enter a statement on the record.  

Instead, two of Koskinen's most vocal accusers — Republican House Oversight Committee members Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida — presented their case before the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee .  

Newest Member of Congress Joins Washington Money Circuit, Starts PAC

Rep. David Jolly

The newest member of Congress, after only 60 days in office, has started a new federal PAC to raise funds, in addition to his regular campaign committee.  

Rep. David Jolly , R-Fla., who was sworn in on March 13th, has registered  Seagrass PAC with the Federal Election Commission. The PAC is based in Tampa, Florida, with Nancy Watkins of Robert Watkins Co., handling the duties as treasurer.