Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat who represents the upper Vail Valley in Congress, voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, opposing a motion to table an impeachment resolution introduced by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas.
The resolution to begin impeachment proceedings was tabled on a 365-58 vote, with Polis voting against it and therefore seeking to move forward with the impeachment of Trump. Polis is pursuing the Democratic nomination to run for governor in 2018 and replace term-limited Democrat John Hickenlooper.
“There are serious accusations against President Trump of obstruction of justice and collusion with a foreign government, and I find these accusations credible,” Polis said in a release.
“President Donald Trump has continually demonstrated that he lacks the integrity to occupy the office of the President of the United States,”” Polis added. “Congress needs to carry out a thoughtful, honest discussion about President Trump’s fitness to serve and start the process to determine the truth.”
Polis points to the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election by special counsel Robert Mueller as his primary reason for voting to move forward with impeachment. Thus far, two members of the Trump campaign have been charged in the investigation and two others have pled guilty as a broader conspiracy begins to take shape.
Democratic leadership want Mueller’s investigation to continue, while simultaneous probes in both chambers of Congress also move forward.
“If guilty, every day we allow President Trump to obstruct justice, as he has possibly done in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, we weaken our national security,” Polis said. “It is time we begin an open, honest, objective, and comprehensive discussion on the president’s fitness to serve as our commander in chief.”
Trump, despite a recent guilty plea from his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, continues to call the Russia election investigation “the greatest witch hunt in U.S. political history.”
A must watch: Legal Scholar Alan Dershowitz was just on @foxandfriends talking of what is going on with respect to the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. political history. Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
Polis further detailed his efforts to oppose Trump in recent months, stating in a press release:
“Over the last several months, Polis has attempted in every way possible to hold the Trump administration accountable. Among several other bills, he is a co-sponsor of the Protecting our Democracy Act, which would set up an independent investigation to thoroughly investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections. In addition, he co-sponsored the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, which would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest from any investment that could present a conflict of interests, and also require the President and Vice President to disclose their three most recent tax returns.”