Los Angeles, CA — The California Republican Party is pushing for an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.
California Republican lawmakers are now weighing a bill to impeach the president, after the Republican-led state House voted unanimously Tuesday to impeak him over a series of alleged misdeeds during his first year in office.
The bill, SB 1428, is a bipartisan effort that would hold the elected leader of the state House of Representatives accountable for impeaching the president.
The measure is opposed by Democrats and by many in the state’s Democratic Party who see it as a thinly veiled attempt to oust Trump from office.
In the wake of the election of President Donald J. Trump, California’s Republican leaders are taking the opportunity to push for a new impeachment trial.
It’s a step they hope will give Republicans a clear shot at getting to the ballot box next year.
The state House’s vote was unanimous, with all Democrats voting against the impeachment measure.
“There is no doubt that impeachment is the only way to truly get at the president,” said state Rep. Mike Thompson, R-Pomona, one of the bill’s authors.
“This is a very clear attempt to throw the election out of balance in a way that will only make it more difficult to fix the problems in our state.”
The bill’s introduction comes a day after a slew of high-profile Democrats and Republicans announced their opposition to the bill.
On Monday, California Democrats issued a statement urging their state House colleagues to reject the bill and instead push for an investigation into the alleged misconduct of the former president.
“Our democracy depends on it,” said Rep. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, one the bill co-sponsors.
“If we don’t have the opportunity for a fair and impartial investigation, then the people of California will not be able to trust their elected leaders.”
Yee added that the new impeachment measure “isn’t about impeachment.”
“The bill will not remove Mr. Trump from power.
It is simply a means of removing him from office.”
California Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno said the bill is “a direct attack on the rule of law and democracy.”
“We will not tolerate the actions of our president,” Leno told reporters.
The Republican-controlled state House and Senate are scheduled to consider the impeachment bill Tuesday.
California’s Democratic-led legislature was sworn in last week by Republican Governor Jerry Brown, a former prosecutor and attorney general, who will oversee the legislative session.
“We are not going to allow the president of the United States to become our president without a full and fair investigation,” Brown said in a statement.
“I will continue to fight for the American people’s right to hold their leaders accountable for their actions.”
The California Democratic Party is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that has long been supportive of the impeachment effort, though some Republican leaders have been less than enthusiastic about it.
On Sunday, Brown told The Associated Press that he had not yet received any support from his party for the bill, but that he was looking forward to the chance to discuss it with his colleagues.
“My office has been inundated with calls and emails, including from a number of Democrats who have asked to speak with me about this,” Brown told the AP.
“They have said, ‘We want this impeachment to happen, and we’re willing to support a resolution if it can pass.'”
The legislation’s sponsor, state Rep