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Polis votes to move forward with Trump impeachment

December 6, 2017, 8:06 pm
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis

. 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.”

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.”

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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