Rep. Katherine Clark, vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, backed beginning the process to remove the president from office.
By Alex Moe
WASHINGTON Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., became the highest-ranking House Democrat to call for opening an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
"I deeply respect the committee work of House Democrats to hold the president accountable, including hearings, subpoenas and lawsuits. All of our efforts to put the facts before the American people, however, have been met with unprecedented stonewalling and obstruction," the sixth-ranking House Democrat said in a statement Thursday evening, adding, "That is why I believe we need to open an impeachment inquiry that will provide us a more formal way to fully uncover the facts."
Clark made her announcement the day after the former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before two House committees about his investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, possible coordination with the Trump campaign and subsequent efforts by the president to obstruct the probe.
"Since the release of the Mueller report in April, it has been clear that the president committed impeachable offenses by welcoming interference from a hostile foreign power in the 2016 election and then attempting to obstruct the investigation into his unpatriotic actions," Clark said. "Moreover, he said he would do it all again if given the chance."
The protests that brought down Puerto Ricos governor are also about the islands troubled relationship with the mainland.
By JONATHAN M. KATZ
The tidal waves of scandal and public outrage had grown too big to be put off any further. On Wednesday, facing a crowd of clamoring reporters at the Capitol, the speaker of the House made the executives options plain: resign or be impeached.
It could have happened in Washington, at nearly the same hour. But it didnt. Instead, the moment of truth came at the periphery of empire in the territorial capital of San Juan. While the political press was focused on downplaying Robert Muellers recounting of his damning report before Congress, Puerto Ricans showed how a leaderdogged by mounting allegations of corruption, illegal campaign activity, and dereliction of officegets held to account.
Just before midnight, a few hours after the speaker of the Puerto Rican House of Representatives made his threat, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his intention to resignthe islands first chief executive to do so since the United States began allowing it to elect its own governors in 1947. Toppling him took the diligent work of defiant journalists and public officials willing to do their duty. But above all, it took the tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans massing in the streets and grinding business to a halt to force the hand of those in power.
When he announced his departure, the crowds, who had waited all day to hear his decision, burst into celebration.
And in addition to the 3 billionaires Bernie mentioned, we should also be worried about the expanding fortunes of multi-generational wealth dynasties
The wealthiest 3 billionaires in the U.S. Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett now have as much wealth as the bottom half of the U.S. population combined.
Those were the first words spoken at last weeks 2020 Democratic Debate, citing a wealth inequality study by the Institute for Policy Studies.
In fact, Sen. Bernie Sanders mentioned the study, Billionaire Bonanza, several times during the debate.
(graph at link)
Fact checkers at The New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN verified Sen. Sanders claims.
These extreme levels of wealth inequality are possible, in part, because the bottom fifth of U.S. households are underwater, with zero or negative net worth. And the next fifth has so few assets to fall back on that they live in fear of destitution.
Were developing into a plutocracy, said former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.
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