The Los Angeles City Council just passed a resolution demanding an investigation into “potentially impeachable offenses by President Donald Trump.”
The resolution passed the City Council 10 to 0, calling for “support for any legislative action” to investigate Trump’s possible violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Los Angeles joins other major cities that have passed similar resolutions, including Berkeley, Alameda, and Richmond, California; Charlotte, Vermont; and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Los Angeles City Council member Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley), said:
“We must demand that Congress use its power to investigate. With this resolution, the city of Los Angeles calls on our Congress members and senators for the good of the country to investigate Trump’s international finances and make sure that he is actually working on behalf of the American people and not his own pocketbook.”
Blumenfield added that it’s “not about any of his policies that I and many of us here find completely odious. This is about conflict of interest.”
Since becoming President, Trump has funneled over $14 million back into Trump-owned properties. It was interesting timing, as well, that Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House just as a Trump-branded hotel was set to open in Manila, Philippines. Those, of course, are only the tip of the iceberg.
As Trump continues to exploit our government to enrich his family and company, local efforts to rein in his power are more important now than ever. Kudos to Los Angeles for stepping in and doing the job the federal government is too afraid to do.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.