PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A group of scholars and current and former elected officials met for a discussion at the National Constitution Center on Monday to educate the public about the impeachment process and the current state of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia, coordinated the event, he said, not as a congressman, but as a citizen.
“We’re at a very timely moment, and I think the citizens should play a role in talking to those of us in office about this. Citizen participation is very important,” Evans said.
U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Delaware County, was in attendance. She is vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings in the impeachment inquiry starting Wednesday. Scanlon says she came to her conclusion on impeachment after the release of the Mueller Report.
“He outlined at least 10 instances where the president obstructed his investigation,” she said. “He didn’t say there was no collaboration with Russia. He said he couldn’t prove it, because so many people took the Fifth, destroyed their messages or were unavailable in foreign countries.”
The event featured a number of constitutional scholars as well as former Republican Congressmen Charlie Dent and Ryan Costello, both of whom have been critical of Trump since leaving Congress.
Evans said he hopes people in the audience got a better idea of how impeachment works. The NCC offers several nonpartisan resources to visitors who want to learn about the U.S. Constitution and constitutional processes like impeachment.