People hold up signs during a rally held by San Francisco supervisors calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump outside San Francisco's City Hall Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Support grows in SF for Trump’s impeachment

Billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer, the Democratic donor who recently launched a $10 million ad campaign calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, joined members of the Board of Supervisors at a rally Tuesday outside of City Hall in support of a resolution “urging the United States Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings” against the 45th president.

The resolution was introduced later that day at the board meeting.

On the heels Steyer’s effort, Supervisor Sandra Fewer introduced the resolution that “calls upon the United 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.”

Specifically, the resolution points to Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey during an active FBI investigation, the campaign’s ties to Russian interests and his global financial interests.

Fewer already has the at least six votes needed to approve the resolution. As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fewer’s resolution was co-sponsored by supervisors Hillary Ronen, Katy Tang, Mark Farrell, Ahsha Safai and Jeff Sheehy, and board President London Breed.

Resolutions are used to set official policy statements but cannot require action.

San Francisco wouldn’t be the first local government to pass an Trump impeachment resolution. Sixteen other towns and cities already have, including Richmond, Oakland, Alameda, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles.

If ultimately approved, Trump would be only the latest Republican president the board called for impeaching. In 2006, the board called for the impeachment of then President George W. Bush for leading the country into the Iraq War and for eroding civil liberties.

Steyer, the founder of NextGen America, a group that advocates for the environment, said, “This president is a clear and present danger to the health and safety of every American.”

Steyer, who is exploring political ambitions of his own, said those in Congress are playing it “politically careful and politically safe” by not moving on impeachment.

“This is about the voice of the American people insisting to Washington D.C. to end the silence,” Steyer said of his needtoimpeach.com campaign. “This man has to go.”
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