The Steering Committee of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia voted unanimously to bring a recommendation to members to call for an impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. Accordingly, the PDB Membership was polled to vote yes or no on the resolution found below.
RESULTS as of June 21, 2019
- YES – 18 in favor
- NO – 7 opposed
An interesting outcome, seeing as the Steering Committee was unanimous. We will need to ponder whether and in what form to present the resolution to Solano Dem Central Committee!
A RESOLUTION OF THE PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF BENICIA CALLING FOR AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DONALD TRUMP AND AUTHORIZING THE CHAIR TO BRING THE RESOLUTION TO THE SOLANO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE
WHEREAS, there is no doubt that Russia engaged in multiple systematic efforts to interfere in our 2016 election, in support of Donald Trump’s campaign for President of the United States.
WHEREAS, there is no doubt that Donald Trump engaged in multiple and systematic efforts to obstruct justice in opposition to Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller’s Russia investigation. In his address on Wednesday, May 30, 2019, Mueller said, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” Volume 2 of his final report laid out explicitly at least 10 instances of provable obstruction of justice. Mueller clearly left it in the hands of Congress to take action. He clarified, “The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.”
WHEREAS, it is no longer a reasonable position to fail to take action just because we believe the Republican Senate would not convict.
WHEREAS, the case has been made that our nation came under attack, and that our President did everything he could to undercut and prevent a thorough investigation. Ethically, morally, and as a matter of upholding congressional responsibilities, the time has come to move more directly in the direction of opening a formal impeachment inquiry.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the membership of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia is formally calling for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and will bring this resolution to the Solano County Democratic Central Committee.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Progressive Democrats of Benicia call upon our party leadership and our elected Democrats in congress, including Rep. Mike Thompson and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, to step forward to meet the greatest threat and challenge of our time. We need to build a consensus for beginning the process of impeachment. The time has come.
For more on the difference between “impeachment inquiry” and “impeachment hearings” see…
- VOX News, Frustrated Democrats are pushing for an impeachment inquiry — but Pelosi still isn’t on board. vox.com/2019/6/12/18661820/democrats-impeachment-inquiry-pelosi-nadler-trump )
- Lengthy, more in depth analysis from Lawfare: What Powers Does a Formal Impeachment Inquiry Give the House?, lawfareblog.com/what-powers-does-formal-impeachment-inquiry-give-house