Ameya Pawar, Alderman of Chicago, Ill., and a candidate of the Illinois governor’s seat, was among the state’s gubernatorial candidates May 17 calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The Indian American politician and the other gubernatorial candidates called for the impeachment in the wake of the recent developments in the investigation of Trump and his alleged ties to Russia.
Among the candidates also calling for Trump’s impeachment were J.B. Pritzker and Daniel Biss.
Additionally, Pawar May 18 proposed a resolution for the president’s impeachment to city council.
"I’m introducing a resolution at city council next week calling for the Illinois Congressional Delegation and Congress to start the impeachment proceedings," Pawar said in a press release, according to a Chicagoist.com report. "I believe it is now time for Congress to start taking up impeachment proceedings and move on that quickly."
Among other things, the resolution states that from the moment Trump took office he “was in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution,” according to the report.
Additionally, the resolution mentions the president’s platform during his campaign, specifically the “Muslim ban,” defunding Planned Parenthood and general racist rhetoric, it said.
The resolution also states that Trump “sought to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into Russian interference in the November 2016 election by instructing the Bureau’s Director to abandon their efforts,” the report said.
Additionally, it said those efforts are “potential violations undermine the integrity of the Presidency, corruptly advance the personal wealth of the President, compromise the rule of law in the United States, and violate the public trust.”
Pawar then said that the council in Chicago should call on the House to support a resolution that leads to the impeachment of Trump.
If it passes, Chicago would join cities such as Cambridge, Mass.; Richmond, Va.; and California cities Berkeley, Alameda and Los Angeles to pass similar resolutions, according to the report.
"Our country is in a really bad place right now,” said Pawar, in the report. “The billionaire class is eroding people’s trust in public institutions. The one thing that keeps me grounded and positive out of all this is that our institutions are fighting back and information is getting out. We need to take action, to determine once and for all if he is unfit to serve as our commander and chief."