US Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) said she supports an impeachment inquiry of the president.
“I believe it is time for Congress to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump,” Chu said in a statement issued on July 31. “The proceedings must be deliberate and transparent. We have a sacred duty as members of Congress to ensure that nobody is above the law. To do nothing given what we know is unacceptable.”
However, Chu’s congressional colleague, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, is not sure if that is the right thing to do.
“I think where we are is probably most accurately described as preliminary to a judicial proceeding (to a) … potential impeachment. But we should see the evidence. And we are just starting to. And, yes, it’s taken too long, but that has largely been by the design of the president,” Schiff was quoted saying by MSNBC.
Of the 16 Los Angeles County Democrat Congress members asked about an impeachment inquiry, Schiff was among four who said “not yet,” according to the Pasadena Star-News.
Chu said she was moved toward impeachment after Special Counsel Robert Mueller III appeared before Congress and reiterated his contention that President Trump had not been cleared of obstruction of justice charges.
Since that time, a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives have said they support an impeachment inquiry, according to NBC News.
According to Pasadena Now, on Monday, a protester disrupted a panel at All Saints Church and approached Schiff while screaming, “What are you afraid of? When will you hold the president accountable?”
The protester was quickly hustled out of the church by security.
Schiff later said we were reaching a “tipping point.”
However, the chances of removing President Trump remain slim due to a Republican majority in the US Senate.
“He reiterated clear evidence that President Trump obstructed justice and that if Trump were not the president, he would be on trial,” Chu said of Mueller’s testimony.
The day after Mueller testified, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report confirming Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
In an interview appearing July 18, Chu told the Pasadena Weekly she believed the president committed impeachable offenses.
“I want to make sure the American public is with us on this,” Chu said. “If we start the process, then all of America will be focused on it. What America needs to know is the ultimate goal cannot be accomplished with Republicans in charge.”