Today, Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District joined the growing calls for an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
While explaining her decision, Congresswoman Titus also announced that her investigation regarding Trump’s D.C. hotel will intensify when the House of Representatives returns to Washington in September.
I'm calling for an impeachment inquiry because of the mounting evidence that Donald Trump has repeatedly broken the law to protect his own interests. pic.twitter.com/w0mSHc9ewQ— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) July 29, 2019
Here are quotes from the congresswoman's statement:
“My decision isn’t based on my disagreements with the President’s policies or my disapproval of his temperament, though I have both,” said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). “I’m calling for an impeachment inquiry because of the mounting evidence that Donald Trump has repeatedly broken the law to protect his own interests.
“To be clear, misleading the public and the press is not an impeachable offense. But lying to law enforcement officials who are investigating the Russian attack on our democracy – and ordering his staff to do the same – are serious crimes.
“And on its own, greed is not an impeachable offense. But after his election, Donald Trump refused to divest from his businesses despite obvious conflicts of interests. So now he’s profiting from foreign government officials who are trying to curry favor by staying at his hotels – even though the emoluments clause of the Constitution prevents the President from accepting foreign payments. In the Constitution, those payments are called ‘emoluments,’ but today you can just call them ‘bribes.’
“Either way it’s unethical and illegal. The subcommittee I lead is going to recharge its investigation into those foreign payments when Congress returns to Washington in September. Rest assured I am going to demand answers.
“My former college students know that the Founding Fathers never intended to allow the President to commit crimes whenever and wherever he wanted. I know it too. So it falls to Congress to make sure that no President is above the law – and for this President, that means an impeachment inquiry.”