PISCATAWAY, NJ – As talks continued in Washington Tuesday evening about if lawmakers should move forward to impeach President Donald Trump in the wake of last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol, Piscataway town officials passed a resolution calling for state representatives to cast their votes in favor of removing him from office.
“Donald Trump was both the general and spiritual leader of the fascist mob that ransacked the Capitol,” Mayor Brian C. Wahler said during Tuesday’s council meeting. “His shameful creation of the riot, the culmination of his long, despicable effort to overturn a free and fair election is most clearly a violation of his oath and evidence of the danger of his continuing to serve in office. His contempt for democracy, scorn for the Constitution, and malevolent disregard for the safety of those who serve and work on Capitol Hill must be met with the most serious of sanctions.”
The resolution addressed to U.S. Senators Corey Booker, Bob Menedez and Frank Pallone, Jr., states that Trump’s January 6 comments made before supporters marched to the Capitol “reiterated false claims that he had won the election” and “incited members of the crowd to unlawfully breach and vandalize the Capitol, injure and kill law enforcement personnel, menace members of Congress, the vice president, and congressional personnel, and engage in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious acts.”
Township officials said this violates Trump’s constitutional oath to faithfully serve as president to the best of his ability.
“Regardless of the upcoming inauguration of President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, Congress must act immediately,” Ward 3 Councilmember Steven D. Cahn said. “America cannot move forward unless sedition is countered, insurrection is prosecuted and those such as Donald Trump, who fomented the violent, attempted overthrow of the legislative branch, are forever barred from positions of public trust.”
The House of Representatives later passed a resolution Tuesday night calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office ahead of Biden’s January 20 inauguration despite his refusal.
Piscataway Town Council Resolution:
Be It Resolved, By the Township Council of Piscataway Township,
(Seal) New Jersey, that:
WHEREAS, the Constitution provides that the House of Representatives "shall have the sole Power of Impeachment" and that the President "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment, for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."; and Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any person who has "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against" the United States from "hold[ing] any office ... under the United States'; and
WHEREAS, on January 6, 2021, pursuant to the 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the House of Representatives, and the Senate met at the United States Capitol for a Joint Session of Congress to count the votes of the Electoral College; and
WHEREAS, shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump, addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. where he reiterated false claims that he had won the election; and
WHEREAS, the comments made at said address by President Trump incited members of the crowd to unlawfully breach and vandalize the Capitol, injure and kill law enforcement personnel, menace Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engage in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious acts; and
WHEREAS, in his conduct while President of the United States and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, provide, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Piscataway strongly supports and urges our Federal Representatives to endorse the Impeachment and Removal of President Donald John Trump; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to United States Senator Cory Booker, United States Senator Bob Menendez, and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.
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