Billionaire trying to impeach Trump: ‘It’s a process that we’ve begun’
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Billionaire Tom Steyer is heading into 2018 ready to renew his ongoing efforts to convince Democrats to rally behind the impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE.

In an interview with local news station KQED in California, the billionaire, who has put tens of millions of dollars of his own money into an effort to impeach Trump, said that he is working to convince Democrats that waiting for the special counsel investigation into Russian collusion is not enough.

"It is an open-and-shut case that he has met the criteria for impeachment," Steyer told KQED. "We're supportive of the [Robert] Mueller investigation, [but] he is investigating two out of the nine criteria that this president has met."


Steyer says that impeachment is the only remedy for a "dangerously unfit president" such as Trump, but cautioned that the process for removing him should not take place "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 touched in the interview on a planned announcement Monday about his political future.

In November, the pro-environment businessman dodged questions from CNN over whether he would consider a 2018 primary challenge against California's senior senator, Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (D).

“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."