Tell Congress: Draw up articles of impeachment against Trump
We have reached this point already - articles of impeachment need to be drawn up against President Donald Trump. And this process will need to be expedited even more quickly if Trump fires special prosecutor Mueller, as it's now clear he tried to do in June of 2017 and again in December 2017.
Trump has brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI, threatened to shut down news organizations for reporting the truth, and - in a direct violation of the Constitution - taken money from foreign governments.
His comments in support of pro-Nazi demonstrators, derogatory descriptions of immigrants, and bigoted family separation policy are disgusting and provide a window into the racism that motivates his divisive rhetoric and agenda.
But perhaps most jarring is Trump’s obvious status as being compromised by Vladimir Putin, which was clearly evidenced in his July 2018 press conference where he sided with the murderous Russian dictator over our own intelligence agencies.
His subservience to Putin becomes more understandable though when you realize Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower treason meeting, making him — at the very least — an accessory after the fact to a vast criminal conspiracy against the United States.
So, what action should be taken? There are actually a number of paths - and they should all be pursued.
First, Rep. Steve Cohen (D - TN) recently introduced five articles of impeachment against Trump.
Secondly, members of the House should support Rep. Jamie Raskin's bill - and Rep. Zoe Lofgren's resolution - that would create an 11-member bipartisan commission known as the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, which would medically examine the president and evaluate his mental and physical faculties before deciding upon his removal under the 25th Amendment.
With that process in motion, then the details can be argued about within the House of Representatives about which additional articles of impeachment to pursue against Trump, but there are a number of potential charges and criminal infractions listed below from which members of Congress can choose:
- Since the moment he was sworn in January 20th, 2017, Trump has repeatedly violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by using the office of the presidency to receive compensation and gifts from foreign governments and agents.
- According to a May 2017 New York Times article, Trump was aware that Michael Flynn was under investigation and working as a foreign agent when they hired him in January 2017 to be National Security Advisor, granting him access to our nation's most highly classified secrets.
- In January 2018, NBC News reported that Flynn never told anyone about his January 24, 2017 meeting with the FBI in which he lied to investigators about whether or not he discussed Russian sanctions with Ambassador Kislyak. Trump and his team became aware of this fact two days later on January 26 when former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates informed the White House Counsel Don McGahn of this fact. It was the next day that Trump invited then-FBI Director Comey to the White House for dinner and asked for a loyalty pledge - and even more inexplicable was that Flynn was allowed to remain in his post for 18 more days.
- Comey wrote a memo in February 2017, later confirmed in his public testimony June 8th 2017, saying Trump cleared the room of witnesses and then asked him to shut down an investigation into Flynn. This is clearly obstruction of justice.
- In March 2017, Trump asked both the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers to end the Trump-Russia investigation. In the incident March 22nd with Coats, Trump again asked everyone to clear the room - except CIA Director Pompeo - before making his illegal request. This is clearly obstruction of justice.
- According to a January 2018 New York Times article, in March 2017 Trump ordered McGahn to try to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Justice Department investigation into collusion. When this effort failed, Trump raged, saying Sessions should be protecting him from the probe, and asking: “Where’s my Roy Cohn?”
- Again in March 2017, Trump angrily berated Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation and demanded he reverse his decision. Sessions refused, but this is further evidence of Trump's criminal intent to commit obstruction of justice.
- On March 30th 2017, according to Comey’s Senate testimony, Trump calls Comey at his office and tells Comey that the Russia investigation is a “cloud” inhibiting his ability to act as president. Trump assures Comey that he has had nothing to do with Russia and asks Comey what he can do to “lift the cloud.”
- Trump sent text messages to Flynn - including one that said "stay strong" - as late as April 2017 in an attempt to influence his possible testimony and prevent him from cooperating with authorities. This is witness tampering.
- On April 11th 2017, according to Comey’s Senate testimony, Trump calls Comey again and asks what he has done about Trump’s request to publicize the fact that he is not personally under investigation. Comey tells Trump that he relayed Trump’s request to Acting Deputy AG Dana Boente but that he has not heard back. Trump reiterates that the “cloud” is interfering with his ability to act as president, and asks whether he should have his staff contact Boente. Comey advises Trump of the traditional channel, which is for White House Counsel to contact DOJ leadership to make such requests. Trump says he will do so and tells Comey, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” Comey responds by reiterating that the proper channel for Trump’s request is for Trump to follow the DOJ chain of command.
- Trump tried to intimidate Yates by accusing her via Twitter of leaking classified information just hours before her testimony before Congress May 8th 2017. This is also witness tampering and intimidation.
- Trump fired Comey May 9th 2017 and admitted - both on national TV to NBC's Lester Holt May 11th and to the Russians in the Oval Office on May 10th - that it was to stop the Trump-Russia investigation. This is clearly obstruction of justice.
- According to a January 2018 New York Times article, the letter that Trump originally drafted firing Comey in May 2017 — whose release was blocked by his advisers — contained an explicit reference to the Russia probe in the first sentence, according to the Times’s sources. The White House had previously told the Times that the letter didn’t mention the Russia probe.
- Trump divulged highly classified intelligence information.
to high-ranking Russian officials in the Oval Office May 10th 2017. This is mishandling of classified material. On April 29th 2017, Trump also told the President of the Philippines sensitive classified information about the location of our nuclear submarines.
- Trump threatened Comey via Twitter. May 12, 2017 to not discuss their earlier meetings together and insinuated he had tape recordings of their conversations. Trump then bragged about influencing Comey's testimony during an interview that aired June 23rd on 'Fox and Friends.' This is again witness tampering and intimidation.
- According to a September 2017 New York Times article, on May 17, of that year, shortly after hearing that the Justice Department had appointed Mueller to take over the Russia investigation, Trump berated Sessions. The appointment had caused the administration again to lose control over the investigation, and Trump accused Sessions of “disloyalty.” This is more evidence of obstruction of justice.
- In June 2017, according to a January 2018 New York Times report, Trump ordered McGahn to fire Mueller, but McGahn threatened to quit. This would have been obstruction of justice had the firing occur, but it shows Trump's intent to obstruct.
- Trump personally dictated a statement he knew to be false on July 8, 2017 regarding his son’s infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting to discuss collusion opportunities with Kremlin-connected operatives. This is clearly obstruction of justice and places the President directly in the middle of a Trump-Russia cover-up. We later learned Trump knew of the June 2016 Trump Tower treason meeting in advance and he also later admitted the purpose of the meeting, which makes him — at the very least — an accessory after the fact of a vast criminal conspiracy against the United States and further strengthens the obstruction charges against him given the Air Force One statement.
- The New York Times reported in March 2018 that Trump and his lawyers discussed pardoning Flynn and Manafort in the summer of 2017. The discussions came as the special counsel was building cases against both men, and they raise questions about whether the lawyer, John Dowd, who has since resigned, was offering pardons to influence their decisions about whether to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation. This is clearly a conspiracy to commit witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
- On August 7th, Trump called Sen. Thom Tillis to let him know he was unhappy with legislation that would potentially prevent him from firing special counsel Mueller in order to end the Trump-Russia investigation. This was another effort at obstruction of justice by the President.
- On August 9th, Trump called Mitch McConnell and began to yell at him about his failure to "protect him" from the Russia investigation. Yet another piece of evidence in this long and public effort to obstruct justice in a federal investigation.
- In October 2017, Trump suggested NBC News have their license to broadcast news revoked because they aired stories he did not like, despite all evidence that they were true. This is a clear violation of the First Amendment to our Constitution.
- On November 3rd 2017, Trump sent a series of tweets and made numerous statements which attempted to turn the immense power of the Justice Department and federal criminal investigative agencies against his political adversaries - exactly the same activity that Congress was ready to impeach Richard Nixon for in 1973.
- A November 30th 2017, a New York Times story detailed numerous accounts from U.S. Senators of Trump calling them and asking them to finish or end their Trump-Russia investigations. This is again part of a pattern of obstruction of justice.
- On December 2nd 2017, Trump tweeted “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.” This is an admission of obstruction of justice because it shows he was trying to end the investigation into Flynn and knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when he began asking Comey for loyalty.
- According to an April 2018 New York Times article, Trump wanted to fire Mueller again in December 2017, but was talked down by his lawyers. This again shows his intent and desire to obstruct justice and that he has the mindset to obstruct justice.
- On December 23rd 2017, Trump repeatedly attacked McCabe on Twitter in an effort to intimidate him and retaliate for recent closed door testimony in which McCabe verified Comey's account that Trump demanded a loyalty pledge before firing him. This is again witness tampering and an attempt to obstruct justice.
- According to a March 7, 2018 New York Times article, Trump has been talking to White House staffers about what they told Mueller in their interviews. This is possible witness tampering and further exemplifies Trump's consciousness of guilt. The article also describes a conversation in which Trump asked McGahn to put out a statement saying Trump did not ask him to fire Mueller, which of course Trump did ask him to fire Mueller in June 2017.
- Throughout, Trump (and this quotation comes from the Nixon article of impeachment) “made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States.” Among other things, Trump repeatedly made untruthful statements about American intelligence agencies’ conclusions regarding Russia’s role in the 2016 election.- Comey told three top FBI officials about conversations he had with President Donald Trump before he was fired last May. On March 17, 2018, Trump fired Andrew McCabe, which means all three officials
- McCabe, James Rybicki, and James Baker - have since been forced out of the bureau, or reassigned within it.
- On April 5th, 2018, aboard Air Force One, Trump lied to reporters and the American people when he said he did not know about the $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to purchase her silence about their sexual affair. However, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani then said on May 2nd that Trump did indeed reimburse his lawyer Michael Cohen for the $130,000 and thus obviously knew about the payment. Trump then confirmed he reimbursed Cohen in a May 3rd tweet and then this information was confirmed again in the May 16th financial disclosure forms that were released. In this deplorable episode, Trump has lied to the press, to the American people, and by not initially reporting the hush money payment, he has broken campaign finance laws.
- In May of 2018, Trump violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by making a deal with the Chinese government to help the telecom giant ZTE in exchange for loans to fund a construction project that benefits his business.
- In April 2018, Trump installed a policy of family separation for immigrant refugees seeking asylum in which children as young as three months old were torn from their mothers and older kids were forced to live in cages. Trump then lied repeatedly to the press and the American people that there was nothing he could do to stop the policy and even suggested we eliminate due process rights for anyone illegally entering our country. This is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution and his actions brought condemnation from the United Nations Human Rights council.
- On July 16, 2018, Trump stood on foreign soil next to Vladimir Putin and agreed with the Russian dictator’s assessment that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 election, ignoring the conclusions of his own intelligence services, a bi-partisan Senate Intelligence panel, and the special prosecutor’s findings. He literally chose the side of our enemy against his own people and by refusing to acknowledge that Russia meddled in our elections, he has also chosen not to protect us against all threats, foreign and domestic — a clear violation of the oath he swore on January 20, 2017. For these reasons, Trump should be impeached.
- Adding another piece of evidence to Mueller’s case of obstruction of justice against the president, Trump on August 1st, 2018 overtly and publicly called on Sessions to end the special counsel investigation and “stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.”
Tell your members of Congress now to begin the process of impeaching Donald Trump.