Impeachment Rally Urges Bost to Vote "Yes"

Dec 18, 2019

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Protesters gathered outside U.S. Rep. Mike Bost's Carbondale office Tuesday, hoping to persuade him to vote 'yes' on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Bost, who has called the impeachment process a "political game," is expected to vote no when the articles are brought to the House floor Wednesday.

"I am convinced we are not going down the right path regarding our direction with ethics, morality, and violation of the laws and constitution," Monica Plump of Carbondale said. She thinks something must be done.

"We are in big trouble, and people need to wake up to the fact that just because the economy is doing well does not mean anything when we are subjected to this time of immorality."

Maureen Kassimali was also on the picket line. "Personally, I've been waiting for impeachment since Inauguration Day. It's the right thing to do."

Kassimali says she expects Bost, like many Republicans, will vote along party lines. "We need to be out here to show constituents do not agree with him, and impeachment is the first step in removing this horrific excuse for a president."

Bost and other Republicans say they see no evidence of a quid pro quo in President Trump's dealings in Ukraine. He and Rep. John Shimkus say Mr. Trump should be allowed to defend his executive privilege in the courts, before impeachment proceeds.