Cambridge, in Massachusetts, will be the fifth city to join the nationwide call for an impeachment probe into President Trump. On Monday, the city council weighed on a resolution to accede to the extraordinary push.
Cities Looking to Send a Powerful Message
If the resolution is approved, Cambridge will be the first city in the Bay State to side with other municipalities in their impeachment efforts. Under the U.S. law, city councils don’t have the legal authority to start such probes, but their joint efforts could send a strong message.
So far, four other U.S. cities called for the U.S House of Representatives to support a resolution that will force the Judiciary Committee to start a probe into probable grounds for Trump’s impeachment.
According to the resolution, the House judiciary panel should start an inquiry to see whether there are enough grounds to call for the president’s impeachment. The cities cite as the main ground for impeachment the infringement of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution. Still, they think there may be many other grounds.
The cities noted that on Jan. 11, 2017, Trump had pledged to distance himself from his business empire, but after the inauguration, he failed to stop the flow of emoluments from foreign entities including governments and organizations, the U.S. government, and state governments.
Since the Inauguration Day, on January 17, 2017, President Trump has been in the violation of the said emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Last week, Berkley was the third municipality in California to call for an impeachment probe. Mayor Jesse Arreguín who was behind the resolution noted that every day, the Trump administration is tainted by a new ethical problem which demands impeachment.
The mayor’s office cited as two broad grounds of impeachment Trump’s repeated efforts to shake the public’s trust in the country’s free press and his aides’ dubious connections with Russian operatives on the campaign trail.
The Berkley’s city council passed the resolution unanimously.
California Started the Push
On Feb. 21, another Californian city passed a similar resolution. Richmond, Calif., was the first U.S. city to call for the president’s impeachment. Two weeks later, two other municipalities joined the effort: Alameda, Calif., and the town of Vermont in Charlotte, North Carolina. Susan Ohanian who introduced the resolution in Charlotte said that it was the first time she made a motion.
In January, President Trump was sued by the Washington-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics for violations of the Emoluments Clause. According to the constitutional provision, federal; officials are barred from receiving gifts, emoluments, values, offices, titles and so on from foreign states without Congress’ permission.
The Clause bars Trump from getting payments from foreign leaders and state-owned corporations. Meanwhile, his global business empire continues to receive such emoluments on a daily basis. The emoluments include building permits, licensing deals, money, and loans. The lawsuit is ongoing.
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