Local House Rep. Carbajal Supports Trump Impeachment
Rep. Carbajal reminding residents to know their rights amidst immigration raids last month (courtesy photo)
By edhat staff
Local Congressman Salud Carbajal announced Friday he supports an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Representing the 24th District, which includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties as well as the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura, Carbajal states his conversations with Central Coast residents voicing their support led to this decision. He also cited a full assessment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report and U.S. House testimony, and the "Trump administration officials' continued dodging of congressional subpoenas" as reasons for his support.
Carbajal now joins more than half the members of the Democratic House of Representatives who support an impeachment inquiry bringing the total to 118 and a slight majority. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, has stated she wants to finish investigations that are already underway before making a final decision and has hinted she is unwilling to move toward impeachment without major public support, reports Time.
“In the past few years, our nation has seen and heard things from this president that have no place in our democracy. We have seen Donald Trump and his allies invite meddling into our elections, we have watched our nation’s moral fabric rip apart and—most importantly—we have learned that our nation’s commander in chief evaded truth, encouraged his staff to lie repeatedly to investigators and engaged in obstruction on at least ten occasions," said Carbajal in a news release.
“That’s criminal. If anyone else did these things, they would face legal consequences. I’ve read the full Mueller Report, the president knew the rules and he broke them—he cannot be above the law. That is why I believe it is time to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump," he continued.
Carbajal cited his time in the Marine Corps and local government as proof that we can get more work done together and this issue goes beyond party but is about defending the Constitution.
“We cannot ignore this president’s actions, and we cannot let him off the hook because of his title. I was elected to support and defend our Constitution against all threats, foreign and domestic. That is what I will continue to do,” said Carbajal.
The Mueller Report produced 37 criminal indictments from Mueller and 7 guilty pleas or convictions from members of Trump's 2016 election campaign staff. The report also found at least 10 instances where Trump sought to personally interfere in Mueller's investigation. In his report, Mueller didn't make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime and also found that according to current Justice Department guidelines, a sitting president can't be indicted.
Rep. Carbajal is hosting a town hall meeting in Santa Maria this Thursday to give Central Coast residents an update on Congress' work this year and to answer questions from constituents. The meeting will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building (313 West Tunnell Street, Santa Maria) from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.