A number of candidates to lead the Democratic National Committee mentioned the possibility of impeachment for President Donald Trump during a town hall debate Wednesday on CNN, the Washington Examiner reports.
“I think that Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment. On day one, he was in violation of the emoluments clause,” Rep. Keith Ellison said.
“It’s not just about Donald Trump. It’s about the integrity of the presidency,” the Minnesota congressman added. “So, yeah, I think we need to begin investigations not to go after Donald Trump, but to protect our Constitution and the presidency of the United States, to make sure that nobody can monetize the presidency and make profit off it for their own gain.”
Former Rock the Vote president Jehmu Greene also noted the idea of removing Trump from office.
“When he commits an impeachable offense, the Democratic Party has to be the last line of defense for your Constitution and for this country. So I am on the side of holding him accountable,” Greene said.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, however, cautioned against spending too much time focusing on Trump. “We’ve got to take the fight to him. But we can’t let him dominate our imagination, because it’s our values and our candidates that matter,” Buttigieg said.
Ellison and former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez appear to be the leading candidates for the position, according to CNN.
The DNC will hold a vote among its 447 members to determine a new chairperson in Atlanta on Saturday, the Examiner notes.