Dear Dr. Bebawi:
Thank you for contacting me about your concerns with President Trump. I appreciate the time you took to write, and I sincerely apologize for the delay in my response.
I understand you support removing President Trump from office through the impeachment process.
The Constitution – under Article II, Section 4 – provides Congress the authority to impeach, convict, and remove a sitting president for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States must be initiated in the House of Representatives. If a majority of the House votes to impeach, the proceedings move to the Senate. At that point, the Senate then holds a trial that is overseen by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. If at least two-thirds of the senators find the president guilty, the president is removed from office and the vice president takes over as president.
In United States history, only two presidents have been impeached. Given that both the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans, it is up to Republican leadership to determine whether to pursue impeachment. At this time, it appears that neither House Speaker Ryan nor Senate Majority Leader McConnell will take these steps.
I would like to point out, however, that impeachment is not the only mechanism for holding a president accountable. Right now, there are multiple investigations into Russian interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign. Special Counsel Mueller and the Senate Judiciary Committee, where I serve as Ranking Member, are also investigating possible obstruction by President Trump in connection with his firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Whether or not these investigations uncover evidence of criminal wrongdoing has yet to be seen. But the recent indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy chairman Rick Gates, and the plea agreements made with Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos and former national security advisor Michael Flynn, show that there are many unanswered questions.
It is critical that Special Counsel Mueller and the Judiciary Committee continue with these investigations and follow the facts wherever they may lead. No matter the outcome, I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened.
You may be interested to know that, over the course of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation, I have sent nearly 70 letters requesting documents, testimony, and briefings. You may find many of those letters on my website at: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases
Rest assured, we are a nation of laws that apply equally to everyone, including the President. I will continue to fight hard for the priorities of Californians, and to oppose President Trump’s policies that would do harm to California and the nation.
Once again, thank you for writing. Should you have any other questions or comments, please call my Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at feinstein.senate.gov. You can also follow me online at YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and you can sign up for my email newsletter at feinstein.senate.gov/newsletter.
United States Senator