Bonamici calls for impeachment inquiry against Trump

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici joined other Democrats calling for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Rep. Bonamici released a lengthy statement on Wednesday morning in which she says she’s “gravely concerned about the actions of President Trump.” 

She listed some of his “impeachable offenses” as obstruction of justice, committing human rights violations by separating children from their families and profiting from the presidency.

More Democrats are calling for impeachment proceedings against Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying.

A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed by former counsel Don McGahn’s empty chair in the Judiciary Committee hearing room on Tuesday, are confronting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pushing her and other leaders to act. Their impatience is running up against the speaker’s preference for a more methodical approach, including already unfolding court battles.

Pelosi summoned some of them – still a small fraction of the House Democratic caucus – to a meeting of investigators on Wednesday to assess strategy.

Read Bonamici’s full statement below:

“The House of Representatives must begin an impeachment inquiry.
I am gravely concerned about the actions of President Trump and the growing evidence of possible impeachable offenses, including obstruction of justice, committing human rights violations by separating children from their families, and profiting from the presidency. I’ve said before that impeachment should be an option, but we must approach it deliberately. The time has come.
Congressional oversight is a critical part of the checks and balances that are designed under our Constitution to maintain the foundational principles of our system of separation of powers. Over the past several weeks, Congress has attempted to ask questions about President Trump and his activities and policies; questions that are rightly part of Congressional oversight and that the American people deserve to have answered. President Trump and his administration have refused to cooperate. No one is above the law, and that includes the President and everyone who works for him. We must not stand by and send a message that this president’s conduct is acceptable or appropriate. It is not.
An impeachment inquiry is necessary to shed light on the truth. As this administration stretches executive privilege to the breaking point, flouts subpoenas, and disregards contempt proceedings, an impeachment inquiry is the appropriate tool available to allow Congress to fulfill our constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight of the executive branch as a co-equal branch of our government.”

Trump on Wednesday repeated his mantra about Democrats contributing to a “Witch Hunt” against him.

“The Democrats are getting ZERO work done in Congress,” he tweeted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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