Individuals pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump are now getting backup from at municipalities, with Berkeley, California, the latest to join the fray. The City Council Tuesday adopted a five-page resolution calling for Trump’s impeachment, with Councilmember Kate Harrison saying the city has “no choice but to do this.”
Trump has angered the more liberal factions of the country with his over-to-top rhetoric about immigrants, executive orders against sanctuary cities and travel from some Muslim countries, and the rescinding of transgender students’ ability to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity.
Berkeley is the third Bay Area city to pass such a resolution. Richmond and Alameda, California, have taken similar action.
“We want to make sure we are on the right side of history,” Alameda Vice Mayor Malia Vella told KPIX, San Francisco. “Everything we do should be concerned about upholding civil rights, we should be concerned about upholding the Constitution.”
Harrison said the issues are Trump’s possible connections to Russia, foreign money and attacks on the press.
“This is not a matter of policy disagreement with taxes, how we approach healthcare, etc. This is about the very essence of our constitution,” Harrison said.
San Francisco Republican party spokesman Howard Epstein likened the resolutions to “temper tantrums” by 3 year olds.
But the Trump campaign and transition teams’ possible collusion with Russia is becoming more problematic for the president. The House Intelligence Committee investigation was in shambles this week after Chairman Devin Nunes last week briefed Trump on evidence without letting other committee members in on it and then canceled a scheduled hearing at which former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former CIA Director John Brennan were supposed to testify.
Nunes last week told reporters “a source” had shown him evidence members of Trump’s transition team had inadvertently been caught on government surveillance. The source reportedly was Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a member of the National Security Council who is a holdover from former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s brief tenure. Flynn was forced to resign after admitting he lied about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
A poll released Thursday by Public Policy Polling indicated 44 percent of voters think Trump’s campaign team worked with Russian operatives to help elect him (42 percent didn’t) and 53 percent said he should resign (39 percent opposed that) while 44 percent called for impeachment (45 percent were against that). A PPP poll released last month indicated Americans were evenly divided on whether the president should be impeached at 46 percent for and against.
Anti-Trump forces began calling for impeachment even before he took office. Among the reasons was his decision not to divest his business interests, which might violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
A petition calling for Trump’s impeachment had nearly 1 million signatures by late Thursday.