Trump behavior cited in resignation calls
But Oregon's U.S. House members don't stand for impeachment
Michael Leighton | 12/12/2017, 3:16 p.m.
Accusing President Trump of misdemeanors for associating his presidency with causes rooted in bigotry and racism did not generate any vote for impeachment from Oregon’s House delegation last week, but allegations of sexual harassment against the president have now led Oregon’s two U.S. senators to ask Trump to resign.
Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined their Democratic caucus members Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kristen Gillibrand of New York to say publicly that the president should play a political price for his alleged sexual indiscretions. They also called for a congressional investigation.
Since his campaign for election last year, more than a dozen women have accused Trump of varying degrees of sexual misconduct over the decades, from groping to unwanted kissing, accusations that he has denied.
Last Wednesday, a black Democratic lawmaker from Texas failed to win a majority in Congress on a vote to impeach President Trump for associating his presidency with racism.
According to a tally by Associated Press, Oregon Democrats Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader joined Republican Greg Walden to kill the impeachment resolution, which was tabled on a 364-58 vote.
To back his claim, Green cited incidents such as Trump’s blaming both sides for violence at a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his recent sharing of hateful, anti-Muslim videos posted online by a fringe British extremist group.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in a statement after Green’s measure was defeated, that while legitimate questions have been raised about Trump’s fitness to lead the nation, they argued “now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment.”
Afterward, Green said the vote would not deter him from trying again. He said he was already working on additional articles of impeachment.
“I didn’t lobby anybody. I didn’t ask anybody, but I’m grateful for those who did vote with the Constitution. I assure you, it’s a process and this was a step in the process,” Green said.
Pelosi has said any impeachment drive should wait until there’s evidence of an impeachable offense.
--Associated Press contributed to this article.