U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, announced Wednesday his support of the House of Representatives opening an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
“I take no pleasure in announcing my support for the House to begin an impeachment inquiry into the president of the United States,” Foster said in a statement.
Foster said he has wrestled with the decision over the past several months, listened to his constituents and reviewed the evidence presented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, including his direct testimony to Congress. He said that as a member of the Financial Services Committee, he’s seen Trump’s attempt to block legitimate congressional investigations into the role of foreign money in transactions by the Trump Organization, Deutsche Bank and others.
“I have watched with horror as President Trump has perpetuated an assault on American values,” he said in the statement.
Foster also cited the 10 occasions in which Trump attempted to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation.
“Our Constitution vests Congress with the unique obligation to perform oversight of the federal government, including of the president and his administration,” Foster said. “No person – not even the president – should be above the law.”