Protesters send message to Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
JEFFERSON CITY - Ahead of this week's planned historic vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump, activists gathered to protest outside the Jefferson City office of Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Jefferson City.
The activists were encouraging Luetkemeyer to vote in favor of impeachment, although the Congressman has been critical of the inquiry.
In a statement released on Dec. 10, after House Democratic leaders announced the articles of impeachment, Luetkemeyer called it a sad day for America.
"Despite an unconstitutional investigation and a complete lack of evidence, House Democrats are formally introducing the articles of impeachment of President Trump, he said. " It is clear that this is an all-consuming obsession for House Democrats. Instead of working with the President and Republicans to support the United States’ historic economic success, their three-year temper tantrum appears to be headed toward the next phase.”
The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. One for abuse of power charge stems from a July phone call with Ukraine's president as well as a seperate obstruction charge for blocking House efforts to investigate his actions.
Around 30 protesters held signs outside of the Congressman's office and chanted 'Trump must go.'
"I want him to support the impeachment of President Trump," protestor Mack Mcnally said. "I think it is the right thing to do and he needs to step up and do the right thing and represent the people."
Protesters also signed a letter calling on the congressman to vote to remove the President. In the letter, they write that it is important to send a message that no one is above the law.
To Tony Smith, America's democracy and constitution are on to the line.
"I think in the long run, people need to be serious about their constitution, but we have half the country that seems to be willing to have a king and half the country that seems to be concerned about the rule of law," he said.
Rep. Luetkemeyer has accused Democrats of making the impeachment process purely political, something Smith says Congressional Republicans are guilty of.
"It is not purely political, Smith said. "This is undermining our constitution and they should take it seriously. I certainly hope when this gets top the senate and there is hopefully a fair trial there they will give it the seriousness it deserves."
The protest in Jefferson City was organized by Jefferson City Area Indivisible. It was one of a number of pro-impeachment rallies held by different groups in cities across the country Tuesday.