Billionaire Tom Steyer declared Friday that he intends to continue his efforts to convince Democrats to actively pursue the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Steyer, a former hedge-fund manager and top Democratic donor who has invested at least $20 million into campaign ads calling for Trump’s impeachment, was interviewed by local news station KQED in California. The pro-environment businessman said he is working to convince Democrats that it is not necessary to wait for the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion to begin the impeachment of Trump.
“It is an open-and-shut case, that he has met the criteria for impeachment,” Steyer said. “We’re supportive of the Mueller investigation, [but] he is investigating two out of the nine criteria that this president has met.”
Steyer argued that impeachment would rid America of Trump, who he called a “dangerously unfit president,” and insisted that the process should not occur “behind closed doors.”
“The people of the United States need to understand that something really wrong has taken place,” Steyer said. “This can’t happen in a vacuum, behind closed doors. It’s a process that we’ve begun, that is important to begin because it is urgent, and it’s bringing in the American people saying ‘take a look, this is dangerous and urgent.'”
Steyer also mentioned that he will make an announcement on Monday regarding his political future.
In November, Steyer was asked by CNN whether he would consider a 2018 primary challenge against California’s senior senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
“Well, I haven’t said I’m [considering] running. What I said is I haven’t ruled it out,” Steyer said at the time. “I don’t need to rule it out and I can have time to think about it.”
Steyer reportedly spent $90 million during the 2016 election season, trying to elect Democratic candidates and stop Trump from winning the presidency.