Sherman is first. But what's that worth?
It finally happened. Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California on Wednesday filed the first article of impeachment against President Trump. And no, it probably won’t go anywhere. But the first resolutions calling for the impeachment of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton didn’t yield results either. In fact, they focused on entirely different alleged wrongdoings.
In July 1973, Rep. Robert Drinan, a Democrat from Massachusetts, called for Nixon’s impeachment—not for Watergate, but for issues surrounding the war in Vietnam. While Drinan was lonely, drawing no cosponsors, legions of Democratic members soon introduced their own resolutions pertaining to the Watergate revelations. Nixon resigned before the vote could take place.
In the 105th Congress, Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia filed the first call for Clinton’s removal at the end of 1997—weeks before the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. He cited more general evidence that Clinton “has engaged in a systemic effort to obstruct, undermine, and compromise the legitimate and proper functions and processes of the executive branch.” Thirty-one members agreed enough to cosponsor. Barr would later serve as an impeachment manager in Clinton’s Senate trial—probably something that Sherman shouldn’t plan on in a Republican Congress.
For Kasowitz, Trump a blessing and a curse
Representing the president is undoubtedly a badge of honor. But as President Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz is learning, it can also be an albatross. Given his new notoriety, ProPublica did some reporting on Kasowitz, learning that his ongoing drinking may hinder his ability to get a security clearance.
And now, his firm’s opponents in court are bringing up Kasowitz’s most famous client. As first flagged by The National Law Journal, a South Florida business formerly represented by Kasowitz Benson Torres is suing the firm for malpractice, fraud, and misconduct.
The complaint refers to Kasowitz Benson Torres as a “headline-grabbing New York–based law firm” that didn’t deliver “legal services commensurate with a law firm that represents the President of the United States.”
Later, the plaintiffs refer to Kasowitz, who “has received recent notoriety as the leader of President Donald Trump’s outside legal team. Based on the biographical information for Mr. Kasowitz on the firm’s website, any prospective client would expect to get the type of top-flight representation that one would expect from the President’s law firm.”
The complaint also notes that partners in Kasowitz’s firm bill up to $1,250 per hour.