WASHINGTON, DC – Longtime Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-09), referred to regularly as New Jersey’s number one fighter in Washington, and a frequent critic of Donald Trump, made his voice heard on Thursday in calling for an impeachment inquiry to be opened on the sitting president “for his repeated assaults on the United States Constitution.”

Saying that the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, a copy of which Pascrell regularly carries in his jacket pocket, “understood that our democratic experiment was a fragile enterprise,” Pascrell said the document “was designed to protect our nation against individuals like the sitting President.”

In a statement Pascrell said that Trump has “disgraced his office and our nation beyond measure,” and has “corrupted our institutions for profit.” The venerable lawmaker continued his litany of possible misdeeds by the president saying that he “has used his tenure to divide our people and increase fear and hatred of our neighbors,” while, along with his “adjutants”, failed to allow for appropriate oversight of their actions, including by Trump’s refusal to make his tax filings public.

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Perhaps foreshadowing the Republican controlled Senate’s reluctance to convict Trump, Pascrell concluded by saying that their “dereliction and neglect” do not relieve the House of Representative, which he has served in since 1997, of their duty.

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