U.S. Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-VA-10) has joined the growing number of Democrats calling to look into impeaching President Donald J. Trump.
While some have called to formally begin impeachment proceedings, Wexton instead called for an impeachment inquiry.
“I believe my constituents sent me to Congress, in part, because of my reputation for being thoughtful and deliberate. I did not run for office with the purpose of impeaching the president, but I did take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution,” Wexton stated. “As a former prosecutor, it is clear to me given the conduct by the president detailed in the Mueller Report and Director Mueller’s recent testimony before Congress that—were he not a sitting president—Donald Trump would be indicted on charges for obstruction of justice.”
Mueller’s Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election found systemic interference in the 2016 election by Russia, including links between Trump campaign officials and people affiliated with the Russian regime. It also found many of those individuals lied to investigators about those links.
The report also looked into obstruction of justice allegations, with the caveat that under Department of Justice policy, Trump could not be indicted while president. The same doctrine holds that regardless of what the investigation found, Trump could not be accused of a crime, since he could not be indicted and therefore would not be able to defend himself against those accusations in court.
However, the report does lay out 11 instances in which Trump may have obstructed justice. In testimony before Congress, while declining to draw any conclusion himself, Mueller conceded under questioning from Democratic members that the report documents all three prongs of the three-prong legal test to determine whether an act qualifies as obstruction of justice.
“On this day, the 400thanniversary of representative democracy in Virginia, we are reminded of the struggle and sacrifice of countless Americans to fight for and uphold a system of government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” Wexton stated. “President Trump’s actions have repeatedly proven antithetical to these values—through his efforts to undermine our democratic institutions, his flagrant disregard of lawful congressional oversight, and his normalizing of authoritarian tactics. I cannot sit idly by while the pillars of our democracy are chipped away.”
The announcement came July 30, the 400thanniversary of the first meeting of what would become the House of Burgesses in 1619 at Jamestown. It was the first legislative assembly in the English American colonies.
Another Democrat whose legislative district includes Loudoun, state Del. Ibraheem S. Samirah (D-86), disrupted a Trump event on the occasion. While some Democrats boycotted Trump’s speech at Jamestown, Samirah stood up in the crowd and chanted “you can’t send us back,” holding up a protest sign. He referred to an incident in which Trump tweeted that four minority Democratic congresswomen—three of whom were born in the United States—should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Samirah’s district includes a small portion of Loudoun east of Sterling Boulevard, south of Sugarland Run, and north of the W&OD Trail. Samirah won the seat in February in a special election after state Sen. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-33) left the seat when she was elected to the state senate.