Local activists protest ahead of historic impeachment vote

Published: Dec. 17, 2019 at 8:28 AM EST
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On the eve of a historic impeachment vote against President Trump, protesters gathered around the country and right here in our region.

This all comes the night before the U.S. House is slated to vote on Congress's articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Our Calvin Cutler went to one protest at the Five Corners in Essex Junction to find out what people were saying.

About 250 people signed up to come to this protest, and that's just one indication of the numbers of people we're seeing out here across the country as part of the "Nobody is Above the Law" protest.

In Vermont, people gathered in Essex junction, Burlington, Montpelier and other towns.

House Democrats have introduced two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power for allegedly soliciting a foreign government to interfere in American elections and obstruction of justice.

The protesters say they want to send a message and hold the president accountable.

Kelly Adams, a demonstrator and member of Essex Resist, explained why they're protesting.

"Our message is that we know the founding fathers didn't want us to have a king. We know this. We know nobody is above the law, and we know there is proof already that Trump has committed bribery, extortion, among other things, so we want to be a part of standing up and saying nobody is above the law," Adams said.

If the House votes to impeach the president, which they are expected to on Wednesday, it then moves to the Republican-controlled Senate where lawmakers will hold a trial to decide whether they want to remove or acquit President Trump.

No counter-protesters were on the scene in Essex Junction when this story was published, but that's not to say they aren't at other events across the country.

The protesters in Essex Junction said they would stay out through the evening to get their message across that President Trump should be held accountable.

The events are sponsored by a coalition of groups including the National Organization for Women, Greenpeace and Public Citizen.