Seattle City Council Member Urges Council To Be Prepared To Impeach Embattled Mayor

Jul 24, 2017

Seattle City Council member Lorena Gonzalez has repeated her call from last week for Mayor Ed Murray to step down. She’s urging the council to be prepared to impeach if he resign.

"We need to be ready for what that process and what those procedures would like look like, particularly since we've never had to undergo them in the city's history," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez cites new information in the sex abuse case against Murray. Back in the 1980s, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that Murray abused his foster son.

The Seattle City Council has the power to impeach, but they don't currently have the votes do it. Some council members said impeachment could drag on for months and Murray already decided not to run again.

Earlier Monday, four former Seattle mayors said Murray should complete his term in office.

Gonzalez said more information may still come out in the case, and the city needs to be prepared to impeach.

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