Rep. Bill Pascrell backed the start of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, making him the fourth member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to do so.
“The sitting President has disgraced his office and our nation beyond measure. The sitting President has corrupted our institutions for profit. The sitting President has used his tenure to divide our people and increase fear and hatred of our neighbors. The sitting President and his adjutants have evaded and obstructed legitimate attempts of oversight of their debasement, including over the current executive’s tax filings and financial entanglements,” Pascrell said.
“The sitting President’s crimes and obstruction of justice have not abated but accelerated because of failure to constrain him. It is only Congress that can finally hold him to account. We must do this by commencing impeachment hearings of the President.”
Reps. Tom Malinowski and Bonnie Watson Coleman have backed the start of an impeachment inquiry, as has U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.
Booker is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.
Republicans still maintain a majority in the upper chamber, and they have largely resisted findings related to misdeeds by Trump campaign staff.
It’s unlikely two-thirds of the Senate would vote to remove Trump.
“It should go without mention, but electoral considerations must mean nothing in this context. Our Founders did not anticipate an entire political party collectively putting its interests in power above the health and protection of American democracy,” Pascrell said. “That is the burden of our time. But their dereliction, and possible Senate neglect, do not relieve the House of its responsibility.”