“If we don’t act, we send the message that criminal behavior is normal for presidents. Trump will be more emboldened to ignore Congress,” said Peters in a series of tweets beginning at 1:41 p.m.
Peters, a former San Diego City Council member and lawyer by profession, said that Special Counsel Robert Muller’s report is “shocking” in its finding of “10 instances of obstruction of justice by the president” and his campaign’s willingness to work with a foreign government.
“The Trump campaign was willing and eager to work with a foreign adversary to interfere in our elections,” said Peters. “This is far more significant wrongdoing even than the Watergate break-in and its subsequent cover-up which led to Nixon’s impeachment and resignation.”
Peters, a Democrat, is joining a bi-partisan list that now exceeds 80 members of the House of Representatives, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to oppose impeachment.
Rep. Juan Vargas is the only other member of Congress from the San Diego area who has called for impeachment.
“Impeachment is not about the president’s character or policies,” said Peters. “It’s about upholding the rule of law and defending the Constitution. It’s about whether he has broken the law. The Mueller Report contains plenty of evidence that he did.”