I am deeply troubled by the lack of support for impeachment proceedings by my Congressman, U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips. I was one among a group of 21 constituents that visited the congressman’s office on June 3 to persuade U.S. Rep. Phillips to support impeachment proceedings. The congressman’s staff stated that the congressman’s position on the question of impeachment is to wait for evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors. It’s disconcerting to me that the congressman appears to be turning a blind eye to the president’s multiple violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which states that the president cannot receive any payments or other things of value from a foreign state, its rulers or representatives. We already know that the Trump organization is profiting from foreign nations through its hotel properties.
We were told that U.S. Rep. Phillips takes his position based on principle rather than politics, but in principle his job is to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Special Council Robert Mueller stated in his recent press conference that “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that.” At the very least, I would expect that U.S. Rep. Phillips would support U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s impeachment resolution that directs the House Judiciary Committee to "Inquire whether President Trump committed impeachable offenses.”
Congress’s continued failure to hold the president accountable makes them complicit in the moral degradation and lawlessness of our country. This is not a time for timidity or fear. Frankly, I expect more from U.S. Rep. Phillips.