A group of area residents and local activists gathered outside of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office last Thursday evening to call for an impeachment inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump.
The Republican congressman has offered little comment on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and his final 448-page report. The report details Russian government meddling in the 2016 election and provides information on potential obstruction of justice committed by the president and his administration. Although the special counsel did not file charges against Trump or did not offer a direct recommendation on whether Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, the issue has been debated among congressional Democrats and political pundits.
“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said during an in-person statement to the media late last month.
Kierstyn Zolfo led the event outside Fitzpatrick’s Middletown office at the Newtown Bypass and Newtown-Langhorne Road with a moment of silence to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A survivor of a Nazi camp in France was in attendance for the event.
Deb Wachspress, a Pennsbury School Board member and co-founder of Lower Bucks Indivisible, spoke to the group of about 50 along with Indivisible Lambertville-New Hope founder Cindi Sternberg.
“After Robert Mueller’s statement on Wednesday, it is clear that he intended his report as an impeachment inquiry referral to Congress,” said Laura Rose, Grassroots Organizing Chair for PA Statewide Indivisible. “And it is up to us, the people of Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, to let our Congressman know that we support an inquiry and we want him to do so as well.”
Rose read Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash’s comments that stated the opinion that the president committed impeachable offenses and obstructed justice.
The group wrote out notes to provide them to Fitzpatrick and his staff. They urged “silent Brian” to “find your voice.”
The special counsel’s criminal and counterintelligence investigation began in May 2017 and led to 34 individuals – including Trump’s campaign chairman, his first national security adviser, and a longtime political adviser – and three Russian organizations being charged. It also has led to several ongoing investigations that were spun off and continue to this day.