At their regular meeting on Monday, Cambridge city councilors will hear reports on improving the audiovisual system at the city senior center and whether the city can reinstall a stop sign at the intersection of Green and Hancock streets, vote on a request from the Cambridge Arts Council to string banners across Mass. Ave. and JFK Street for an upcoming open-studios weekend and decide whether the council should go on record in favor of impeaching President Trump.
A proposed policy order would have the council resolve:
That the City Council call upon the United States House of Representatives to support a resolution authorizing and directing the House Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, including but not limited to the violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution.
The proposed order, sponsored by councilors Marc McGovern, Jan Devereux and Leland Cheung, lays out the case for impeachment:
WHEREAS: Leading constitutional scholars and government ethics experts warned Donald J. Trump shortly after the November 2016 election that, unless he fully divested his businesses and invested the money in conflict-free assets or a blind trust, he would violate the Constitution from the moment he took office; and
WHEREAS: On January 11, 2017, nine days before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump announced a plan that would, if carried out, remove him from day-to-day operations of his businesses, but not eliminate any of the ongoing flow of emoluments from foreign governments, state governments, or the United States government; and
WHEREAS: On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office and became President of the United States; and
WHEREAS: From the moment he took office, President Trump was in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS: These violations undermine the integrity of the Presidency, corruptly advance the personal wealth of the President, and violate the public trust; and
WHEREAS: Our democracy is premised on the bedrock principle that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States
The council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Cambridge City Hall.