The City of West Hollywood has issued a press release announcing the City Council’s call for the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate proceedings for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“Impeachment should be reserved as a last resort,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “In less than six months in office, President Trump has already violated federal law by attempting to obstruct justice, and his administration is plagued by numerous conflicts of interest. We need to hold him accountable.”
“Ultimately, this is an ethics issue and a legal issue,” said Councilmember Lauren Meister. “The Emoluments Clause clearly states that the President shall not receive any gifts or benefits other than his compensation. No other president in this country’s history has so blatantly disregarded protocol and the Constitution.”
In its announcement, the city said “The City of West Hollywood’s resolution (adopted at the council’s June 19 meeting) comes as a response to numerous violations of the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution, multiple violations of federal law as it relates to the employment of relatives, serious national security concerns resulting from potential interference with federal elections in 2016, and amid investigations of obstruction of justice with the firing of FBI Director James Comey.”
With the resolution, West Hollywood has joined a growing number of cities, including the California cities of Los Angeles, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, and Richmond, as well as the Massachusetts cities of Brookline, Cambridge, Amherst, Pelham, and Leverett, in calling for the initiation of impeachment proceedings. Although local municipalities have no authority over any action that the United States Congress may take, local resolutions are a call for Congress to take the first steps toward impeachment proceedings. The District of Columbia and the State of Maryland have filed lawsuits against the President for violating anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution.
The City of West Hollywood will send copies of the resolution to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, California senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris; House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff as well as to Gov. Jerry Brown, State Senator Ben Allen and State Assemblymember Richard Bloom and to additional public officials and organizations.
In December 2016, the City of West Hollywood reaffirmed its commitment to its core values and is working diligently to defend the fundamental rights of its community members, the announcement said. “The City is monitoring federal proposals and is responding to policy changes that may have a harmful effect on West Hollywood’s residents, including LGBT residents, people with disabilities, seniors, people of color, immigrants, women, and others.”
In February 2017, the West Hollywood City Council approved an item that directs City of West Hollywood staff to take steps in prohibiting West Hollywood City Hall from doing business with entities that provide financial or other benefits to the President of the United States or his revocable trust.