Arizona Congressman becomes 85th House Democrat to call for an impeachment inquiry into Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) (2nd L) speaks as Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) (R) and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund President and General Counsel Thomas Saenz (L) listen during a news conference in front of the Supreme Court December 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus held the news conference on the day the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Evenwel v. Abbott, "on whether voting districts should continue to be drawn by using census population data, which include noncitizen immigrants, or whether the system should be changed to count only citizens eligible to vote, as conservative challengers are seeking." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego

Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego took to the House floor Thursday to become the 85th House Democrat to call for the opening of an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

“No president in the history of our country has ever been subject to as many credible allegations of illegal conduct as Donald Trump,” Gallego said. “Given the serious nature of these crimes, and the president’s refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations, it’s time for the House of Representatives to begin an impeachment inquiry.”

Gallego is one of three Arizona Democrats to call for such an inquiry, along with Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Rep. Greg Stanton. But he didn’t premise his impeachment call solely on Trump’s well-documented acts of obstruction of justice. 

We cannot lose sight of the much broader scope of Trump’s alleged wrongdoing,” Gallego said, “more than a dozen accusations of sexual assault, campaign-finance violations including hush money payments, illegal foreign contributions to the Trump inaugural committee, illegal misuse of the Trump Foundation charity for personal and political purposes, welcoming foreign interference in U.S. elections, mishandling top-secret information and abusing the security clearance process for his son-in-law.”

Gallego, a former Marine, added that he could not “stand by as Donald Trump erodes the rule of law and our democracy.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still stands firmly against impeachment. The pro-impeachment movement sometimes feels like it’s moving at snail’s pace, but the former Nixon-era counsel to the House Judiciary Committee penned an illuminating piece for the New York Times Thursday. Michael Conway reminds us that then-Democratic House Majority Leader, Tip O’Neill, waved off two early impeachment resolutions in the summers of ’72 and ’73 before finally embracing an inquiry after the late-October “Saturday Night Massacre.”

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