Wexton Joins Calls for Trump Impeachment Probe

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.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

11 thoughts on “Wexton Joins Calls for Trump Impeachment Probe

  • 2019-07-31 at 6:16 pm
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    Congresswoman, obstruction of a now proven bought and paid for opposition research document that even the author states he can not verify its contents. So obstruction of false and fictitious claims or might it simply be he is defending himself from accusations that have been proven contrived & baseless? From a legal perspective, what in your opinion has he done that breaks the law?

  • 2019-07-31 at 6:23 pm
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    When will we see the FISA warrants used to authorize the spying operations against the president? Oh wait. We’re not allowed to, because it’s “secret.”

    FISA courts are convened in secret, with secret judges, and secret paperwork, based on secret probable cause, used against people without their knowledge, and with zero recourse to refute the warrants. And folks like Rep. Wexton think that’s completely cool. While Rep. Wexton lectures us about the “normalizing of authoritarian tactics” she herself has long supported stripping Virginians of their Due Process protections.

    Tell us again Rep. Wexton — who, exactly, is all about the “normalizing of authoritarian tactics?” et tu Brute!

  • 2019-08-01 at 3:37 pm
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    I’m one of Wexton’s constituents and seeing as much smoke as I do around Trump, I’d like to see a detailed search for the fire. It’s quite clear that he has tried obstructing justice

  • 2019-08-02 at 12:41 pm
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    Once elected to Congress one MUST represent all or at least the majority of constituents in District 10. I voted for Jenn and consider her a friend so I will not criticize her zeal to show the showman to the door. What I will do is remind my friend to provide a list of important ”
    federal” projects for LOUDOUN that are being worked on as well so we don’t spiral into partisan speak and only partisan priorities. What is being done with federal transportation resources to resolve the interstate commerce part of the Route 9 and Route 15 commutation traffic problems? What is being done to force MWAA to pay Loudoun property taxes for the highly profitable parking lots which ONLY serve the Metro and are NOT part of the national security justification for Dulles Airport land to be controlled by the federal government in the first place? Let’s be productive for LOUDOUN!

  • 2019-08-02 at 4:17 pm
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    Has it slipped your mind Mr. Ohneiser, that your “friend” Rep. Wexton is a wholly owned subsidiary of the MWAA. She will never, ever, even mention that MWAA do any such thing you propose. Did you missed the part where Rep. Wexton and her democrat cohorts stole Loudoun taxpayer’s NVTA special tax money, and handed it over to… METRO, thus by extension, the MWAA.

    As an attorney, you must be aware of what constitutes fraud. When you collect money for a specific purpose, and then spend that money on different purpose, people like me and you would go to jail. But that standard dosen’t apply to Rep. Wexton and her democrat cabal. Instead, they just raise taxes and throw out false issues to divert attention away from their theft.

    Your “friend” Rep. Wexton doesn’t care about you, or me, or any of the working folks trying to get to work on Routes 15, or 9, or even Rt. 7. She doesn’t care about bridges to alleviate the life stealing time we spend sitting in traffic.

    Rep. Wexton has a new boss; The Speaker. Rep. Wexton doesn’t lift a finger unless she’s told to do so by the Boss.

    • 2019-08-03 at 5:23 pm
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      Chris Manthos, Good comments and questions. Who should we support as our next chair?

  • 2019-08-03 at 4:33 pm
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    I consider myself to be a conservative democrat. Rep Wexton has taken on social issues and now this. The 10th is no longer a strong red area, nor is it a strong blue are either. that said, she needs to get to the middle or she will be a two-year wonder.

  • 2019-08-04 at 10:11 pm
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    You can tell from these comments who watches Fox News. No one is above the law, no matter how inconvenient it might be to establish the primacy of the law. We have ample reason to believe Trump obstructed justice and an investigation where Trump and his administration must actually answer questions. That’s what America needs now and it is what we owe future to keep this sort of lawlessness from becoming normalized.

  • 2019-08-06 at 8:28 am
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    Call for impeachment? After 2 years and millions of wasted tax dollars, Bob Mueller couldn’t prove that Bob Mueller had anything to do with the Mueller report and investigation.

    There was no crime committed by Trump or his campaign. Therefore, there was no obstruction.

    I wish Ms. Wexton would stop with the social justice warrior campaign and represent her district. But I suspect that is asking too much.

  • 2019-08-06 at 3:39 pm
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    Chris. M. I respect your view and your right to express it just as I expect every significant change to have to be fought for. MWAA has been ripping Loudon off for decades. Howard Hughes org. has been getting a free ride for years. The Greenway is severely under-assessed and most homes are over assessed especially small lots. None of these will be easy to change but when you start with the view they can be changed by applying constructive pressure where it counts good things can happen. I’ve handled fraud cases and will not show a blind eye to it if seen. Appreciate the discussion.

  • 2019-08-06 at 6:45 pm
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    Bob since you are so keen as to tell us about your vote for Wexton could you name a couple of republicans you have supported with your vote?

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