Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP City of Alameda leaders say they will back efforts by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and others to get an investigation into the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump over his business dealings and other controversial actions.
ALAMEDA — City of Alameda leaders say they will back efforts by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and others to get an investigation into the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump over his business dealings and other controversial actions.
“We are not asking to impeach,” said Councilman Jim Oddie, who along with Vice-Mayor Malia Vella put the resolution on the council’s Tuesday agenda, saying the president’s alleged conflict-of-interests with his businesses could put him in violation of the Constitution. “We are asking to investigate.”
Vella noted reports of Russian government interference in the November election on behalf of Trump, which she said made an investigation into possible impeachment both a local and national issue.
“The allegations are serious and they undermine not only our system but all of our institutions,” she said.
The resolution unanimously adopted Tuesday will be now sent to Congresswoman Lee so that she can use it to help rally support behind an investigation, according to the council. Courtesy copies will be sent to California Senators Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein.
The Alameda council’s move came the same day that the small town of Charlotte in Vermont passed a resolution calling on Congress to look into whether sufficient grounds exist to pursue an impeachment of Trump.
Last month the city of Richmond unanimously backed a similar resolution, which activists say made it the first city in the nation to support steps that could lead to Trump’s impeachment.
The meeting in Alameda drew 14 public speakers, all but two urging support for an investigation into the administration’s actions.
Supporters of an impeachment investigation cite the president’s refusal to divest fully from his worldwide business interests, which they say could make him in direct violation of the “Emoluments Clause,” a previously little-known constitutional provision that says U.S. presidents may not accept gifts or make a profit from any foreign state.