LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Momentum toward impeachment is growing, as protesters are expected at 130 rallies across the country on Saturday, including in Las Vegas. Participants in the "day of action" are calling on Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, based on the 10 instances of obstruction of justice laid out in the Mueller Report.
Kenia Leon, senior Nevada organizer with the nonprofit group Indivisible, says the Constitution gives Congress the power to pursue the matter — despite a Justice Department memo barring criminal prosecution of a sitting president.
"Seriously, like, how much more obstruction do we have to see? How much more evidence do you need? No one is above the law," says Leon. "And this is a natural next step that Mueller basically left on their doorstep. And it's their responsibility to do their job." Leon also cites President Trump's comments from Wednesday, when — in a televised interview — he said he'd be open to receiving dirt on his opponents from a foreign government during his reelection campaign — something that is illegal.
So far, no member of Nevada's congressional delegation has come out in favor of starting impeachment proceedings. Leon says they will have to answer to the voters in 2020. "It's basically showing folks their integrity and where they stand," says Leon. "If you're going to be here, do your job, great. If you're not, then we're going to get rid of you."
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she is open to impeachment, but needs more time to see how the congressional investigations play out. Others believe the matter is certain to die in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate.