Protesters are planning to rally against President Trump in Philadelphia next month as they call for his impeachment. In a Facebook event created for the rally, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 2, organizers "demand that Congress does its job and commences with impeachment proceedings immediately," claiming that Trump "has been in violation of the Constitution from the day he was sworn into the office of President." The online event page, which, as of Monday evening has just under 1,000 "interested" people, claims that organizers "do not feel our country is in safe nor able hands" and asserts Trump has obstructed justice by firing federal officers and investigators who were looking into his "illegal activities," including former FBI Director James Comey. Rally organizers claimed that Trump's White House has violated free speech rights by denying access to the media, and "publicly vilified the press by calling them enemies of the people." The location of the march has not yet been announced.
Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University in Washington D.C., was one of the few who correctly predicted that Donald Trump would win last year's election. "The odds on a Trump impeachment or a Nixon-style resignation are now quite high," Lichtman told the Daily Star in an interview published last week. "It will depend on what other information emerges from Robert Mueller's investigation. It would likely come by the spring of 2018, or whenever Republicans come to believe that Trump is jeopardizing their re-elections in 2018." The Justice Department's special counsel investigation, which is being led by Mueller, issued indictments last week to Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been cautious about whether her new Democratic majority would ever impeach Trump, but at least two of her members are ready to move forward. California Rep. Brad Sherman and Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against Trump on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress.
Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump were launched on Sept 24 after the White House did not release a formal whistleblower complaint to Congress. The complaint details an attempt by President Trump to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Biden is a Democratic candidate in the ongoing presidential primary. The whistleblower claims that President Trump's pressure on Ukraine was politically motivated to benefit his reelection. Impeachment is a constitutional process where both the House and the Senate investigate a president for treason, bribery or high crimes and misdemeanors.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who famously lost the 2016 election to now-President Trump, swiftly gave her public support to articles of impeachment against her political rival after they were announced by House Democrats Tuesday morning. Clinton called the impeachment push necessary for defending democracy. "We must defend our democracy, and the painful truth is that the occupant of the Oval Office is waging war against it," Clinton tweeted. Clinton posted the comment along with a video of House Democrats discussing plans to move forward with impeachment articles alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The former secretary of state and first lady has been the subject of increasing speculation over whether she might make a stunning late entry into the 2020 presidential race, as the crowded field starts to thin.