PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As talk of impeaching President Trump increases in the halls of Congress, activists plan to make their voices heard at more than 130 different events and venues across the country Saturday.
Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Silverton, Eugene, Bend, Medford are among the locations for the June 15 #Impeach Trump National Day of Action.
In Portland, ralliers will gather beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Terry Schrunk Plaza to hear speakers, including Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Kayse Jama of Unite Oregon. The Portland rally is being organized by Indivisible Oregon, NWGSD and Stand on Every Corner PDX.
At 1 p.m., another rally will be held at Esther Short Park and will include a public reading of the US House of Representatives Resolution 257, “Inquiring whether the House of Representatives should impeach Donald Trump.”
CBS News reports the majority of House Democrats do not support opening an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, but a growing minority are pressuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to do so.
Among Oregon’s congressional representatives, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici have publicly called for impeachment proceedings. In all, about 60 Democrats announced publicly they’re in favor of an impeachment inquiry.
Justin Amash of Michigan is the only Republican who has publicly said he’s in favor of impeaching the president.
Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are openly calling for impeachment proceedings.
Only 2 presidents in US history were impeached — Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither was removed from office. Richard Nixon would have been impeached but resigned before the House of Representatives took the vote.
Many lawmakers are beginning to consider opening an impeachment inquiry against the president in light of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, CBS News reports.
KOIN 6 News will have more information through the weekend.