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Massachusetts City Calls For Trump Impeachment Probe

| by David Bonner

The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to Harvard University and MIT, is calling on the U.S. Congress to consider the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

In a vote on March 3, the Cambridge City Council called upon the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist to impeach Trump, reports The Boston Globe.

Seven city councilors voted in favor of a proposal that asks the House to authorize its Committee on the Judiciary to investigate possible violations Trump may have made in the foreign emoluments clause, domestic emoluments clause, or other constitutional clauses. One councilor voted against the proposal, and one abstained.

The proposal, which was also sponsored by Vice Mayor Marc C. McGovern and Councilor Leland Cheung, will be sent on behalf of the City Council to the U.S. representatives who serve Cambridge.

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The proposal states: "From the moment he took office, President Trump was in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution. These violations undermine the integrity of the Presidency, corruptly advance the personal wealth of the President, and violate the public trust."

The proposal follows a template written by a national movement called Impeach Trump Now, which has been used by other communities such as Berkeley, California, and Charlotte, Vermont.

The organization's purpose is explained in its website:

The nation is now witnessing a massive corruption of the presidency, far worse than Watergate…. Given the opportunity of ten full weeks between the election and the inauguration to divest his business interests, Mr. Trump chose instead to announce, just nine days before inauguration, a wholly inadequate plan to step away from operations, but not ownership or income streams, of the Trump Organization. Instead, he has chosen to profit from the presidency at public expense, in violation of the United States Constitution. The violations, the corruption, and the threat to our republic are here now.

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The proposal was submitted to the City Council by a local community organization called Cambridge Area Stronger Together, or CAST.

Johanna Schulman, a Cambridge resident who introduced the Impeach Trump Now template to CAST, said the city has traditionally been at the forefront of progressive policy and has a responsibility to take action.

“With every day that passes and every news alert that we read, we’re very concerned about whether this president really has the best interests of his country at heart,” she said.

Sources: The Boston Globe, Impeach Trump Now / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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