Four Reasons To Impeach Trump
We believe the House should pursue a limited, but varied, set of articles revolving around abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Impeachment should serve as a reminder that there are many more offenses against the Constitution than outright treason or bribery. The Founders inserted a broad category of high crimes and misdemeanors to capture what James Madison called the incapacity, negligence or perfidy of the chief magistrate.
Trump should be impeached for abuse of his office, obstruction of justice, breaking campaign finance laws and violation of the Constitutions emoluments clauses. The primary articles will bring into sharp relief that this president endangered the nation for his own self-serving purposes, while the emoluments charges should be a reminder of a sacred principle to which we seem to have somehow become numb: The president can never monetize his or her time in office.
The exchange with the Ukrainian president, in which Trump subjugated the national interest and U.S. national security to his own political impulses, is a strikingly obvious and impeachable abuse of power. Trump, anticipating this, is already making the argument echoed by his congressional minions that it is reckless to impeach him for one phone call. We are confident that other such incidents will be uncovered, and while the Ukraine call was the straw that seems to have broken the camels back, it is not the only straw that matters.
He Publicly Lied About His Business Dealings With Russia
While running for president in 2016, Trump repeatedly claimed to have no involvement with Russia, but he was, in fact, negotiating with the Russian government and Russian business interests about developing a Trump Tower in Moscow at that very time.
Lying to the voters is not strictly an impeachable offense, but Trump blatantly lied about his business ties to Russia because he knew it was an incredible conflict of interest for a potential US president to have major business dealings with a frequent competitor and potential adversary of the United States.
Robert Mueller’s report cites many examples of Trump obstructing justice.
Trump Impeachment: Here’s How The Process Works
Trump became the first president impeached twice.
Former President Donald Trump faces an unprecedented second impeachment trial this week. Adding to the historic nature of the proceeding is that he is no longer in office and the members of the Senate who will decide his fate are among the victims in the Capitol siege, which he is accused of instigating.
The House of Representatives voted 232-197 on Jan. 13 to impeach Trump for an unprecedented second time for his role in the of the Capitol, which occurred as a joint session of Congress was ratifying the election of President Biden.
The extraordinary step of a second impeachment, which charged Trump with incitement of insurrection, took place just days before Trump was set to leave office. Only two other presidents — Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — have been impeached and none have been convicted.
Unlike Trumps first impeachment in 2019 , 10 members of the House GOP, including conference chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., voted for impeachment and denounced the presidents actions. Democratic House impeachment managers argued in a brief ahead of his trial, which starts in earnest Feb. 9, that Trump bore “unmistakable” responsibility for the siege and called it a “betrayal of historic proportions.”
“He summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue,” the managers wrote.
Here’s how the impeachment process works:
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Sharing Confidential Information With His Kids
Its no secret that Trump thinks very highly of his children of Ivanka in particular. Anyone on the internet has seen the creepy photos. And although Ivanka Trump doesnt have an official role in the White House, her husband is working as one of Donald Trumps senior advisors. Theres nothing inherently wrong with turning to kin for guidance until it breaches the realm of classified information. Sharing, or otherwise jeopardizing classified information, as the whole country learned exhaustively via Hillary Clintons email debacle, is illegal. If Trump was to allow his children, or the family of an administration official, to see information thats above their pay grade, that is something Congress would and should take seriously.
This may indeed have already happened. It must be recalled that on November 17 Ivanka was present at a meeting between Trump and the Japanese Prime Minister. She wasnt really supposed to be there, and may have even been closing a business deal in Japan during the meeting. Thats what you call a two-for-one.
Should The Senate Convict Donald Trump Heres What The American People Think
Although public opinion doesnt determine the outcome of impeachment trials, it shapes the environment within which senators must decide. Based on multiple polls conducted during the past month, here are five key facts about Americans sentiment as Donald Trumps second Senate trial looms.
With former president Trumps trial set to begin in the Senate, a clear but not overwhelming majority of Americans favor removing him from office. In surveys conducted by 6 different polling organizations between January 10 and February, support for his removal averaged 52%, while 42% were opposed.
There have been no clear trends in public opinion in the month since the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. One of the earliest surveys, conducted by Quinnipiac University between January 7th and 10th, found 52% favoring removal and 45% opposed. The next Quinnipiac poll reported a 54-42 split, while the latest put it at 50-45. Similarly, a comparison among the different polling organizations found no trend. It appears that most people made up their minds early on and havent changed them.
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Early Life Education And Early Career
Jaime Lynn Herrera was born in Glendale, California, the daughter of Candice Marie and Armando D. Herrera. Her father is of Mexican descent, and her mother has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry. She was raised in Ridgefield, where her father was a lithographer. She was home-schooled through ninth grade, and graduated from Prairie High School, where she played basketball. In 2004, Herrera earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Washington.
Herrera served as an intern in both the Washington State Senate and in Washington, D. C., at the White House Office of Political Affairs. In 2004, she was an intern in the office of Washington State Senator Joe Zarelli, who later supported her campaigns. She was a senior legislative aide to U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Millions Of Dollars That Were Raised For Trump’s Inauguration Are Still Unaccounted For
Trumps campaign is still under investigation for fraud, money laundering and conspiracy against the United States because of the millions of dollars donated for his inauguration that just disappeared.
$106 million was raised for Trump’s inauguration, and the inaugural committee still has not accounted for how the money was spent.
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Full National Impact Of 2nd Trump Impeachment Could Take Decades To Unpack
Donald Trumps status as the only U.S. president to be impeached twice may be his most lasting legacy one that is far different than how he might have been remembered prior to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol January 6 by his supporters.
Presidential historian Barbara Perry says that despite Trumps reputation for norm-breaking, racism and online bullying, the former president fulfilled many of the main promises he made on the campaign trail in 2016.
Maybe more than most presidents, he made good on his promises, says Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
He lowered taxes on the wealthy. He limited and reduced federal regulations. He put conservatives to the tune of over 200 federal judges on the lower federal courts and three conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court. He engaged in strong-arm tactics against China. He built part of his wall on the southern border and attempted to reduce, and succeeded in reducing, illegal immigration.
Forecasting how historians will perceive and treat the 45th president decades from now is a risky endeavor. Perspectives change over time. Yet Perry and other students of politics agree that Trumps trial for inciting insurrection, which begins this week, will likely obscure or taint the most notable accomplishments achieved during his presidency.
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He Encouraged A Foreign Country To Interfere In The Us Presidential Election
At a time when Trump and his campaign officials already knew Russia was interfering in the US election, Trump publicly urged Russia to interfere even more, which they did. Many high ranking people in Trumps campaign were contacted by Russians with offers of help in the 2016 election and they did not turn down those offers. Although the Mueller investigation did not conclude that Trump conspired with Russia, they did conclude that Trumps campaign, as well as Trump himself, knew about and encouraged Russian interference.
Trump publicly urged Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
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Invoking The 25th Amendment
On the evening of January 6, CBS News reported that Cabinet members were discussing invoking the 25th Amendment. The ten Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, led by U.S. Representative David Cicilline, sent a letter to Pence to “emphatically urge” him to invoke the 25th Amendment and declare Trump “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”, claiming that he incited and condoned the riots. For invocation, Pence and at least eight Cabinet members, forming a simple majority, would have to consent. Additionally, if challenged by Trump, the second invocation would maintain Pence as acting president, subject to a vote of approval in both houses of Congress, with a two-thirds supermajority necessary in each chamber to sustain. However, Congress would not have needed to act before January 20 for Pence to remain acting president until Biden was inaugurated, per the timeline described in Section 4.
On the same day, the House of Representatives voted to call for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. The resolution passed with 223 in favor, 205 against, and 5 not voting Adam Kinzinger was the only Republican to join a unified Democratic Caucus.
Trump Uses The Presidency For His Own Personal Gain
Donald Trump has repeatedly violated the US Constitution by using the presidency for his own personal gain. He has made millions of dollars by using his golf resort in Florida as a Southern White House. He profited when he urged Vice President Pence to stay at his resort in Ireland at a much higher cost than other, much closer places to stay.
What’s more, Trump and his family are making millions of dollars when foreign officials stay at Trump hotels and when foreign governments approve Trump projects or grant trademarks for Trump products. Trump and his family are profiting tremendously from actions he is taking as president. This is a glaring violation of the Constitutions Foreign Emoluments Clause.
Trump uses his high office to reward his friends and punish his opponents.During the COVID-19 crisis, Trump has admitted that he rewards state governors who are adequately “appreciative” of him. He has clearly punished state Governors like Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan by withholding badly needed assistance to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Because of Trump’s presidency, his hotels and other projects are making money from foreign officials.
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Who Presides Over The Trial
Trumps first impeachment was presided over by chief justice of the supreme court, John Roberts, as set out in the constitution. However, as this trial is of a former president, 80-year-old Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democratic senator who holds the title of president pro tempore will preside. It will be prosecuted by a team of nine impeachment managers from the House, and the whole Senate was sworn in as the jury on 26 January.
According To The Mueller Report Trump Attempted To Obstruct Justice Multiple Times
The Mueller report cites many examples of Trump repeatedly trying to fire the people who are investigating him, discouraging witnesses from cooperating with the investigation, falsifying information about the Trump Tower meeting, asking people to lie and dangling pardons for people who refused to cooperate with the investigation. Many of these acts of obstruction were done publicly on Trump’s Twitter account. For more information about Trump’s obstruction of justice, see the Mueller Report, Volume II, pages 18.The conclusions from the Mueller Report were also confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which, it’s important to point out, was chaired by Republicans.
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We’re Different But We Agree: No President Has Placed America In More Peril For Less Reason Than Trump Refusing To Confront Him Only Emboldens Him
The Trump administration has created some unusual realignments among Americans, and the two of us are Exhibit A. We have spent very different lives in and around national politics, one for years as a Republican, the other as a Democrat. For most of our careers, we would not have agreed about very much, and those disagreements, for the most part, remain. We both voted for Hillary Clinton but for very different reasons and without remotely the same level of enthusiasm.
But we have both long argued that President Donald Trump should be impeached, and we both now have concerns about how that process might unfold.
We are realists, adults without illusions, who have worked in Washington and who know the chance of Trump being removed from office is, as of this writing, close to zero. But we both see Trumps impeachment as a constitutional duty, and we are relieved that the House Democrats finally decided, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in quoting Thomas Paine, that the times have found us for impeachment.
Why Donald Trump Should Be Impeached
Even before he takes office, Donald Trump looked like possibly the most impeachable president in history, rapidly surpassing the incredible bar set by George W. Bush. After taking office, things have only gotten worse. Whether you like Vice President Pences politics or not , any true patriot must agree that Trump is a danger to the country, and that removing him from office is a necessity.
Originally published 2016
During the George W. Bush presidency, I was staggered by number of impeachable actions that were taken under his administration. At one point, I had counted up to more than 30. But by the time I got around to posting them online, I had lost track of a dozen or so. The remaining 20 are documented in the Bush Impeachment essay. Donald Trumps presidency looks to be similarly problematic, so this time Im started the list early, even before he took office.
Note while I am a democratic socialist as a matter of philosophical inclination, there have been many Republican presidents I admire, even while disagreeing with their fiscal policies.
And there was one ineffective Democratic president I would have impeached for failing to take action. That failure caused hostages to be held in Iran for more than a year, a situation that came to an end only when Reagan was about to take office, gun in hand and finger on the trigger.
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