Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2017 #96
ORDER ADOPTED
Apr 3, 2017 5:30 PM

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.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Vice Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Jan Devereux, Councillor Leland Cheung
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Many businesses receive, and streams of income include, emoluments from foreign governments, states of the United States, or the United States itself; and

 

 

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; now therefor be it


 

 

RESOLVED:

That the Cambridge 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 listed herein; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the Cambridge Members of the United States House of Representatives on behalf of the entire City Council. 

 

Meeting History

Apr 3, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [7 TO 1]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Leland Cheung, Jan Devereux, Craig A. Kelley, Nadeem A. Mazen, Marc C. McGovern, E. Denise Simmons
NAYS:David P. Maher