In a stunning move, the city of Richmond in California’s Bay Area has become the first municipality in the nation to go on record in support of impeachment hearings for President Donald. J. Trump. The resolution, approved unanimously last Tuesday by the Richmond City Council, states Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits people holding federal office from accepting payments from foreign governments. These are some of the city officials who voted unanimously in favor of the impeachment resolution:
Councilmember Jael Myrick: “Ordinarily, it would be odd to be talking about the—well, everything about this administration is odd. But it would be odd to be talking about the impeachment of a president only a month into his term. Unfortunately, with this president, it’s oddly appropriate.”
Councilmember Jovanka Beckles: “The word is very, very clear that the residents of these United States are not in alignment with his movement of hate, his movement of fear, his movement of bullying and intimidation, and his movement of just out-and-out lies.”
Here’s a model resolution being considered by other municipalities:
Authorizing and directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the impeachment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.
Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary, acting as a whole or by any subcommittee thereof appointed by the chairman for the purposes hereof and in accordance with the rules of the committee, is authorized and directed to investigate fully and completely whether sufficient grounds, including but not limited to, violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution and the STOCK Act, exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America. The committee shall report to the House of Representatives such resolutions, articles of impeachment, or other recommendations as it deems proper.
SEC. 2. (a) For the purpose of making such investigation, the committee is authorized to require—
(1) by subpoena or otherwise—
(A) the attendance and testimony of any person (including at a taking of a deposition by counsel for the committee); and
- 1 (B) the production of such things; and
- 2 (2) by interrogatory, the furnishing of such information;
- 3 as it deems necessary to such investigation.
- 4 (b) Such authority of the committee may be exercised—
- 5 (1) by the chairman and the ranking minority member acting
- 6 jointly, or, if either declines to act, by the other acting alone,
- 7 except that in the event either so declines, either shall have the
- 8 right to refer to the committee for decision the question whether
- 9 such authority shall be so exercised and the committee shall be
- 10 convened promptly to render that decision; or
- 11 (2) by the committee acting as a whole or by subcommittee.
- 13 Subpoenas and interrogatories so authorized may be issued over the
- 14 signature of the chairman, or ranking minority member, or any member
- 15 designated by either of them, and may be served by any person
- 16 designated by the chairman, or ranking minority member, or any
- 17 member designated by either of them. The chairman, or ranking
- 18 minority member, or any member designated by either of them (or,
- 19 with respect to any deposition, answer to interrogatory, or affidavit,
- 20 any person authorized by law to administer oaths) may administer
- 21 oaths to any witness. For the purposes of this section, “things” includes,
- 1 without limitation, books, records, correspondence, logs, journals,
- 2 memorandums, papers, documents, writings, drawings, graphs, charts,
- 3 photographs, reproductions, recordings, tapes, transcripts, printouts,
- 4 data compilations from which information can be obtained (translated
- 5 if necessary, through detection devices into reasonably usable form),
- 6 tangible objects, and other things of any kind.
- 7 SEC. 3. There shall be paid out of the applicable accounts of the
- 8 House such sums as may be necessary to assist the Committee on the
- 9 Judiciary in conducting the inquiry under this resolution, any of which
- 10 may be used for the procurement of staff or consultant services.