With Rep. Anna Eshoo joining the fray late Tuesday, now every single congressional Democrat in the Bay Area backs an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Eshoo’s announcement came hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) called for impeachment proceedings over reports that Trump pushed Ukraine’s commander-in-chief to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden’s family.
“I fully support the speaker’s announcement of a new impeachment inquiry,” said Eshoo, who lives in Palo Alto and represents the 18th Congressional District. “The circumstances surrounding the president’s phone call with a foreign leader requires it, and we are obligated to go wherever the facts lead.”
The Silicon Valley lawmaker was a little late to the game. According to a New York Times survey, more than two-thirds of House Dems had already come out in support of impeachment hearings by the time she weighed in. By end of the day Tuesday, 196 expressed support, 16 had yet to decide and 23 yet to respond.
In a tweet this afternoon, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) said his colleagues face a clear choice. “Do we set the precedent that Trump’s behavior is acceptable in the White House or do we stand up for our founding ideals and for free and fair elections in 2020?” he wrote. “I choose to stand up. I support impeachment proceedings and a vote.”
Congress has a constitutional duty to stand for the principles of our founders, including Hamilton who warned against foreign influence in our elections.
With Trump trying to sabotage his political opponents with Ukraine's help, the time for impeachment proceedings is now. pic.twitter.com/0YKy0VYH2Y
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) September 25, 2019
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) has a unique perspective as the only House Democrat to have direct experience with impeachment—first as a Judiciary Committee staffer under Richard Nixon’s presidency and later as a congresswoman under Bill Clinton’s.
Until today, Lofgren, now a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, hesitated to join the call for impeaching Trump. But news about Trump applying pressure on a foreign leader to smear a political foe made up her mind.
Trump, she wrote in a press statement, “has not admitted that he asked the president of the Ukraine to take actions to help his re-election. That conduct alone violates his obligations under the Constitution.”
“These facts,” she added, “pose a threat to our national security.”
A formal impeachment inquiry should be undertaken in the House of Representatives. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/noYa3oKOOT
— Rep. Zoe Lofgren (@RepZoeLofgren) September 24, 2019
Not sure what took Rep Eshoo so long to reach the obvious conclusion, but I’m glad that at the end of the day, she did the right thing.
> . . . but I’m glad that at the end of the day, she did the right thing.
Rational people are often confused and befuddled by what Democrats do.
Personally, I don’t think “impeachment” is going anywhere. But where do Democrats think this is going to take them?
If Trump is impeached, Pence becomes president. Are the Dems then going to impeach Pence? Or, are they actually going to wait to the 2020 election and replace him with a Democrat who will be the automatic “people’s choice”?
None of the Democratic candidates are very popular with the American people. It is truly a parade of losers.
Joe Biden is a corruption time bomb. Elizabeth Warren — “I think I’ll get myself a beer” — is as phony as they come, bitchy, and unlikable. Her economic program is cloud cuckoo land, and she won’t be able to keep a single campaign promise. Wealth tax on billionaires? Idiotic. The rich will live on their mega-yachts in Monaco or Singapore.
The Democrats are mad because they lost an election they thought they were entitled to win. So their answer is to keep having elections until the finally win. And then, like California, they will stop having elections, except for fake elections.
And, in Democrat minds, the greatest thing about California is what? We’ve banned plastic straws? We give free needles to drug addicts? The “homeless” can roam like free range chickens and poop in the streets? The government has really great promises for below market rate affordable housing? Government bureaucrats are banned from traveling to states that don’t allow transgenders to use any bathroom they want?
Tell us again WHY we’re impeaching President Trump? How is California going to be better?
Amazing Joe Biden selling his office to Ukrainians ( The Russians ) No problem! Trump asks about Joe selling his office,
“Trumps a trader we have to impeach him now!”
Hypocrisy has no limits when your a democrat.
> Hypocrisy has no limits when your a democrat.
Actually, I think democrats simply deny the possibility that hypocrisy can ever apply to democrats.
In the democrat ethos, “hypocrisy” is acting differently from the way your stated “morality” requires you to act.
Democrats think that morality is church-related, and so if you don’t go to church, or don’t have a religion, you don’t have any “morality” and don’t have to worry about being a “hypocrite”. “Morality” is just a conspiracy by television evangelists to discourage people from having fun, enjoying booze, drugs, or promiscuous sex, or being LGBTQ.
No morality. No hypocrisy.
No brains. No headaches.
I’m confused, so now the Dems support the constitution? They don’t support the 1st amendment when it doesn’t align with their ideology, the 2nd amendment shouldn’t exist, the 4th amendment only applies to them and every one of the crooks loves the 5th.
It’s glass houses.
Hopefully the 6th amendment still applies and we can get on with life.
> I’m confused, so now the Dems support the constitution?
The Dems think of the constitution as a checklist on what to do to get power and be president. If they do all the things on the checklist and DON’T get power, then there’s something wrong with the constitution.
You gotta love the mob mentality.
Can’t beat the POTUS in an election so lets try another smoke and mirrors witch hunt. Trump has caused the dims heads to explode. These clowns are too dangerous to entrust with any kind of power
The Dems have truly lost their minds. The lying, cheating, corruption and hypocrisy have left the average Joe no other choice but to vote for Trump in 2020. And I for one will be voting against Zoe Lofgren, after all, what do we have to lose?
> Trump, she wrote in a press statement, “has not admitted that he asked the president of the Ukraine to take actions to help his re-election. That conduct alone violates his obligations under the Constitution.”
Not admitting to something that didn’t happen “violates his obligations under the Constitution”?
You’re going to have to educate me, Zoe. WHERE in the Constitution do I find this Presidential obligation?
Everyone here is ok with candidate Trumpe going to the Soviet bloc to ask for help in smearing his adversary? Seriously, you’re ok with bringing in foreign governments to help influence US elections (again)? You guys need to look in the mirror and question your style of patriotism.
SCC you need to broaden your horizons and watch something other than CNN. Honestly, try reading an opposing point of view every once in awhile.
> You guys need to look in the mirror and question your style of patriotism.
OK. Looking in the mirror.
Quite handsome, actually.
And the American flag lapel pin is a classy accent.
Thanks for the suggestion. I feel good about myself.
Except he didn’t. Hillary, on the other hand…., Let’s also look at what Biden did, and admitted, in Ukraine to help his crackhead kid. Dems took the bait & fell into a deep trap on this one.
In the 2016 election, Hillary demanded that Trump state that he would accept the results of the election.
Hillary should have made the same demand of the DNC, the Democrat House leadership, and Democrat voters.
The Democrat Party and Democrat politicians are claiming that voters got it wrong in 2016 when, per the U.S. Constitution, they elected Trump as president of our federation of states.
What’s a Democrat voter supposed to do when the Democrat party no longer believes in its voters?
Our local dems cant stay focused on our own problems. Keeping everyone under their thumb is the name of the game!
Ro Khanna believes no federal, state, or local official should use their public office to punish public office. Khanna plans to oppose any public official who goes after opponents or newspapers.
Ro Khanna who??? And whoever that is, does that mean they are going after Pelosi?
Imagine at the local level, a city attorney threatening a newspaper
Good example, Trini. And it’s happening at the highest levels. Prez Chump is calling the press ‘enemies of the state’. That’s pretty scary, and shows what little regard that he (and by extension, all Repubs) has for the constitution (first amendment, freedom of the press).
> That’s pretty scary, and shows what little regard that he (and by extension, all Repubs) has for the constitution (first amendment, freedom of the press).
I have no idea what you think you are referring to. Apparently, some muddled twaddle on Facebook or Twitter.
The First Amendment does not guarantee that newspapers will be honest, competent or fair. It guarantees the right of the news media and newspapers to be bad and incompetent news media.
The First Amendment also guarantees the right of Americans including the President to criticize and condemn bad, dishonest or incompetent newspapers.
The President and “all Repubs” likely revere the constitution, including the first amendment and freedom of the press.
Democrats never seem to be sure how much of the constitution they really like. For sure, they DON’T like the Second Amendment.
> And it’s happening at the highest levels. Prez Chump is calling the press ‘enemies of the state’.
I think it’s fair to say that you are widely recognized as one of the smartest people posting on San Jose Inside.
Many of his a confused by what Nancy Pelosi is doing with the “formal impeachment inquiry”.
She apparently has not taken a formal vote of House members. She has based her executive action on her knowledge of how members would vote if she had in fact called for a formal vote.
Can you explain: what is the difference between a “vote” and a “poll”?
Could the House conduct all of its business by polls rather than votes? How about California? Could we do the same?
It seems like polls are easier and simpler than votes, and give better results.
the only problem is the POTUS didn’t threaten anyone. As for the ‘press’…the forth estate has morphed into the fifth column and has become the propaganda arm of the DNC. People are right to view them with disdain.
Sen Leahy, Durbin and Menendez wrote to Ukaine leader wishing to close investigation there about revealing info about the Mueller investigation and they implied Ukraine could lose US support – – WHAT ABOUT THAT? Then Joe B. brags on tape how he got Ukraine investigation (involving his son) shut down or lose a $Billion in aid – -WHAT ABOUT THAT?
It seems Nancy, et al – got shoved into a corner by their own party and were forced to shot themselves in the foot. Trump is trying to win the 2020 election – – – the other side is trying to win the 2016 election – – – good luck with that :-)
> South Bay Dems Join Call for Impeachment Proceedings
The Deep State’s umpteenth try at removing Trump:
1. Access Hollywood
2. Stormy Daniels
3. General Michael Flynn
4. Paul Manafort
5. Michael Cohen
6. George Papadopoulos
7. Roger Stone
8.The Mueller Investigation
9. The Kavanaugh confirmation hearing
10. The Ukrainian call
Many knowledgeable people have assembled the parts of the story and it is clear what connects these elements together: a “silent coup” attempt by the Deep State.
The identity of the Junta behind the coup is understood. It’s just not going to be explained in an 8,000 word article in the New York Times.
The current Congressional Democrat rush to impeachment seems to have been triggered by an alarming (to Democrats)
disclosure in Trump’s Ukrainian phone call: Trump asked the Ukrainian prime minister what he knew about “Crowdstrike”.
Hillary Clinton — > DNC –> Crowdstrike –> Ukraine –> George Soros –> foreign meddling in U.S. elections.
When the DNC server was ALLEGEDLY hacked, the Dems didn’t call James Comey’s FBI; they called Crowdstrike. The FBI NEVER got to examine the DNC server.
> now every single congressional Democrat in the Bay Area backs an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Did Dems think this through?
If the House impeaches Trump, The Senate holds a trial, and the Repub majority sets the rules.
The Senate can demand testimony from anyone. ANYONE!
BARACK OBAMA ! !
Witness must appear and cannot refuse to testify.
And, probably, there is no limit on the length of the trial or the amount of testimony.
Be careful what you wish for, Nancy.
one can always count on the deranged and corrupt dims to accuse people of doing what the dims have done. the party of resist, obstruct and impeach vs the POTUS of action and accomplishment. the dims are focused on still trying to win 2016 and trump is focused on winning 2020. best president ever