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A “Nobody is Above the Law” protest will be held at the main Edwards roundabout at 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, Dec. 17) to support the U.S. Constitution on the eve of the U.S. House of Representatives’ historic vote on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“Nobody is above the law! Join us for this peaceful 30-minute demonstration on the eve of the U.S. House of Representatives vote on impeachment,” an email blast on Monday urged, providing a link to the progressive group MoveOn.org to find a local protest and sign up for action.
“We need to show that we believe in the Constitution and that our representatives must defend the Constitution and their oath of office,” the email continued. “This is a family-friendly public event that all are welcome to attend Tuesday at the Edwards roundabout from 5:30 to 6 p.m.”
The Eagle County Democrats also sent out an email promoting the Edwards rally and two other regional protests at 4:30 p.m. in both Frisco and Aspen. The calls to action are part of a nationwide push to show public support for making Trump just the third U.S. president to be impeached by the House.
“The night before the House of Representative takes a somber vote to impeach Trump, join people from around the country to declare that nobody is above the law as representatives finalize their positions and senators look on,” the Eagle County Democrats email reads.
Trump is accused of abusing his power by pressuring an ally, Ukraine, to investigate Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election. Trump withheld vital military aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia — approved on a bipartisan basis by Congress — to get political dirt on Biden and his son Hunter. It’s illegal to use foreign assistance in a U.S. election.
Trump is also accused of obstructing Congress by refusing to let key cabinet officials testify before the House, as well as withholding any and all documents related to the probe. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, is seeking testimony from key players in the Ukraine probe in the looming Senate trial if the House votes to impeach Trump.
Moderate Democrats who in 2018 won House seats in districts Trump won in 2016 are increasingly signaling they’re willing to take the political risk and vote to impeach Trump on Wednesday, and even conservative polls are showing a majority of Americans believe Trump abused his power.
A recent Fox News poll showed 53% of voters say Trump abused his power, compared to 38% who say he did not. Another 48% say he obstructed Congress during the investigation, compared to 34% who say he did not. And 45% of voters say the Ukraine scandal showed Trump committed bribery, compared to 37% who say he did not.
U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Colorado Front Range Democrat whose district includes Vail and the eastern third of Eagle County, is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and had a lead role in debating and building the case for the two articles of impeachment.
On Tuesday, Neguse tweeted: “My daughter is not old enough to understand the solemn task before us this week. One day she will be and I hope she will know that this Congress had an obligation to defend our democracy, to honor our oaths and to uphold the rule of law.”
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican who represents the western two-thirds of Eagle County and most of the rest of the state’s Western Slope, recently tweeted his opposition to impeachment:
“I plan to vote NO on impeachment,” Tipton tweeted last week. “I’ve reviewed the facts and this is just more of the same baseless allegations by the left, which has been pushing for impeachment since November 9, 2016. Time for the sham to end!”