By Lillian Boyd

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump, with Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) voting with the majority.

In the first article of impeachment, Trump stands accused of abusing his presidential power when he asked Ukraine to investigate the son of a potential political rival Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election and then obstructing Congress’ investigation. The second article accuses Trump of obstruction of Congress.

In a letter Trump issued to Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Trump says the claims are disingenuous, meritless and baseless.

Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

“Every time I talk with a foreign leader, I put America’s interests first, just as I did with President (Volodymyr) Zelensky,” Trump wrote. “You are turning a policy disagreement between two branches of government into an impeachable offense—it is no more legitimate than the Executive Branch charging members of Congress with crimes for the lawful exercise of legislative power.”

Earlier on Wednesday, before the vote, Levin issued a statement regarding the Articles of Impeachment.

“I came to Washington to address the climate crisis, fight for veterans, and lower health care costs, not to impeach a President,” Levin said. “I have passed nine bipartisan bills through the House of Representatives to support our nation’s heroes, including two that have been signed into law this year. That is the work I came here to do.”

Levin, whose district represents Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, goes on to state he is in support of both Articles of Impeachment.

Mike Levin of California’s 49th Congressional District, conducts a town hall meeting at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 23. During the town hall, which was his second in a series of monthly engagements he intends to hold throughout the district, outlined his goals while in office and touched on several key issues including homeless veterans and getting the spent nuclear fuel out of SONGS. Photo: Eric Heinz

“I also took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The President violated our Constitution—and undermined our national security—when he pressured a foreign government to interfere in our elections for his personal and political gain,” Levin said. “He then orchestrated an absolute obstruction of the impeachment inquiry, proving that he believes that he is above the law. No one is above the law, not even the President. That is why I support both Articles of Impeachment. Now it is up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to do what’s right and hold a fair and thorough trial in the Senate.”

The matter will now go to a trial in the Senate in January 2020, where a vote of two-thirds would be necessary for removal. While Democrats have the majority in the House to impeach Trump, Republicans control the Senate.

Trump is the third American president to be impeached.

Lillian Boyd
Lillian Boyd is the senior editor for Picket Fence Media and city editor for Dana Point Times. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. Her work experience includes interviewing incarcerated individuals in the Los Angeles County jails, an internship at the Pentagon covering U.S. Army news as well as reporting and anchoring for a local news radio station in Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @Lillianmboyd and follow Dana Point Times at @danapointtimes.

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  • In light of the fact that the FBI was just busted for spying on a private citizen–the real reason for which was to spy on the President–Congress looks foolish carrying this out. More information will come out between now and election day that will make this action look more like a farce, and regular citizens will respond accordingly at the ballot box.

    Mr. Levin doesn’t speak for his constituents when he signs onto a “Green New Deal” with a $49 Trillion price tag and no basis in reality. He also doesn’t speak for his constituents when he lines up in lock-step with the most Socialist members of his party. Orange County simply isn’t Socialist, and Mr. Levin will find out what happens when he doesn’t listen to the voters next November.

  • I applaud Congressman Levin’s courage to support the progressive path forward and help bend the arc of history towards justice. A clean environment, equal opportunity, fairness, and personal freedom are values I want to see represented.

    I expect my representatives to fight corruption. I expect them to honor their oath to the constitution and stand for the principles of the declaration of independence. As far as I can tell, Congressman Levin does all of this.

    Thank you Mike Levin.

    • A disgraceful act by Mike Levin.

      Congressman Mike Levin’s vote of impeachment was a disgraceful act, one that will live in infamy. This was a selfish and naked power grab intended to affect the 2020 election by leftist Democrats who have desperately desired to impeach President Trump since the day of his historic victory.

      After their candidate was fully supported by the propaganda arm of the left, the MSM, and after she outspent Trump AND cheated, she lost. The left has never gotten over their embarrassing defeat nor accepted the election of Donald J. Trump and has unpatriotically done everything they could to undermine his administration and thus, this nation.

      Levin put self and party before the nation and it’s disgusting that this shameful masquerade has been supported by the leftist mob.

  • Sad. The first impeachment ever without (some) Bi – Partisan support and no crimes committed. Levin tries to have it both ways by stating ‘I didn’t come to impeach….’. Well you did vote to impeach and so will be on the wrong side of history.

    Asking a leader of another country who’s accepting $ from us to root out corruption (of which Joe and Hunter Biden are up to their eyeballs in) is something a president should do and in fact is supposed to do. At the end of the day, this impeachment isn’t about anything other than repealing the 2016 election.

  • Congressman Levin’s declarations regarding POTUS 45’s “impeachable offenses” are not in the Constitution …. not even crimes … not supported by fact witnesses … only supported by 3rd and fourth hand hearsay. Congressman Levin you have swallowed the party’s lines – have you even read the DOJ Inspector General’s Report? Listened to the Attorney General? Why are your constituents so far ahead of your knowledge base? Why do you say you support the Constitution and deny Carter Page and DJT their fourth amendment protections at the hands of Adam Schiff? You are not talking to CNN listeners here Sir.

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