In Clatskanie

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici answers questions from the audience at an April 24 town hall in Clatskanie.

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D) is pressing the U.S. House of Representatives to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions.

Bonamici's call for the impeachment inquiry follows her April 24 town hall in Clatskaine where she was pressed by some members of the audience to take action.

"We want you to fight harder to hold this administration accountable," area resident Richard Kimbell said.

"I am not a screamer,” Bonamici replied. "But I will call out this Administration when they are doing things that are wrong. I won't be afraid to do that. No one is above the law. We have to do what is right for the country."

The following is Bonamici's statement today concerning the impeachment inquiry.

“The House of Representatives must begin an impeachment inquiry.

“I am gravely concerned about the actions of President Trump and the growing evidence of possible impeachable offenses, including obstruction of justice, committing human rights violations by separating children from their families, and profiting from the presidency. I’ve said before that impeachment should be an option, but we must approach it deliberately. The time has come.

“Congressional oversight is a critical part of the checks and balances that are designed under our Constitution to maintain the foundational principles of our system of separation of powers. Over the past several weeks, Congress has attempted to ask questions about President Trump and his activities and policies; questions that are rightly part of Congressional oversight and that the American people deserve to have answered. President Trump and his administration have refused to cooperate. No one is above the law, and that includes the President and everyone who works for him. We must not stand by and send a message that this president’s conduct is acceptable or appropriate. It is not.

“An impeachment inquiry is necessary to shed light on the truth. As this administration stretches executive privilege to the breaking point, flouts subpoenas, and disregards contempt proceedings, an impeachment inquiry is the appropriate tool available to allow Congress to fulfill our constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight of the executive branch as a co-equal branch of our government.”

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