The Case for Impeachment
What exactly is a formal impeachment inquiry? We break down this important political process, how we got here, and why an impeachment inquiry is the best way to hold Trump accountable for his criminal activity.
“The corruption of the President knows no bounds, and in order to protect our democracy, we have to impeach him.” – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
Evidence in the Mueller Report
Donald Trump has breached the limits of his executive power, disregarding democratic norms to cover up his criminal activity and shamelessly using his public office for personal profit.
After nearly two years of investigating, Mueller concluded that Trump welcomed an attack on our democracy by Russia. Trump’s campaign attempted numerous times to coordinate with the Russian government to win the election, including sharing campaign polling data and cultivating more than 140 contacts with Russian nationals, Wikileaks, and their intermediaries.
Trump repeatedly broke the law in his attempts to obstruct justice and conceal his campaign’s Kremlin ties. Mueller found at least 10 episodes of obstruction of justice, including witness tampering, dangling pardons to discourage cooperation with prosecutors, and ordering the White House counsel to fire the special counsel — and then later to lie about that order. To date, Mueller’s report has resulted in 37 indictments and seven guilty pleas or convictions.
Mueller made it clear that his report did not exonerate Trump. Congress attempted to hold Trump accountable by continuing to investigate the crimes Mueller uncovered, but Trump and his allies went to great lengths to bury the evidence of the crimes that Mueller exposed. The White House dodged lawfully-issued subpoenas, intimidated witnesses, and consistently thwarted congressional oversight — all to ensure that the American people remain in the dark about the true extent of this administration’s corruption.
Profiting off the presidency
But the Mueller report doesn’t tell the full story of Trump’s lawlessness. Since day one, Trump has abused his office by profiting from the presidency at the expense of American taxpayers. Unlike his predecessors — including Presidents Kennedy, Carter, Reagan, and both Bushes — Trump refused to divest himself from his businesses or create any sort of blind trust and continues to directly benefit from any profits they accrue. Trump takes advantage of this by funneling official government business through his properties, both domestically and abroad, for his own financial gain.
In the U.S., the number of elected officials who have spent time at Trump properties has skyrocketed since his inauguration. Taxpayers are often left footing the bill for their stays. And Trump himself has spent nearly a third of his presidency at his own properties, charging the federal government for expenses incurred by his security detail and other staff. Foreign countries have spent lavishly at Trump businesses as a tactic to curry favor with the president. Representatives of at least 22 countries, including Saudi Arabia and China, have spent money and time at Trump-owned properties, putting money directly into his pocket.
Not only does this unethical behavior raise concerns about the motivations behind Trump’s policies, it is also illegal. Trump’s actions violate the Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution, which forbid a president from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, the federal government, or individual states.
In the face of such overwhelming evidence of criminal activity, we need the public support of every member of the House in investigating Trump’s actions through the impeachment inquiry.
How did we get here?
If any other American obstructed justice or violated the Constitution as blatantly as Trump, they’d be headed to prison. After reviewing the evidence in Mueller’s report, over a thousand former federal prosecutors determined that Trump would have been charged with criminal obstruction of justice if it were not for a Department of Justice policy protecting a sitting president from indictment. From the very beginning, he has thwarted efforts to challenge his use of the presidency for personal gain, and has used government agencies like the Department of Justice to shield himself from oversight.
These are the actions of a guilty man — and the evidence of his crimes is too overwhelming to ignore.
With this information in hand, Americans across the country have urged their representatives in the House to publicly come out in support of a formal impeachment inquiry. Since our impeachment campaign began, nearly one hundred additional members of the House have come out in support of opening a formal impeachment inquiry, reaching a majority of House Democrats. When visiting constituents in their districts, lawmakers have been unable to avoid the issue of Trump’s blatant criminal activity.
In response, lawmakers in the House have finally moved forward with a formal impeachment inquiry. This is a critical step toward holding Trump accountable. We’re urging every single member of the House to support this formal impeachment inquiry and demand articles of impeachment.
“There is no political inconvenience exception to the United States Constitution. If any other human being in this country had done what’s documented in the Mueller report, they’d be arrested and put in jail. We took an oath not to try and protect Donald Trump, we took an oath to protect and serve the Constitution of the United States of America, and the way we do that is we begin impeachment proceedings now against [Trump].” – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
How does an impeachment inquiry start and what does it entail?
An impeachment inquiry is the only viable option to fully expose the extent of Trump’s crimes and his administration’s corruption.
A formal impeachment inquiry:
- Lays out the facts of Trump’s criminal wrongdoing in nationally televised hearings for the American people to see.
- Puts the House in a stronger legal position to demand evidence and testimony from key witnesses, and makes it more likely that courts will require compliance from the White House.
On September 12, 2019, members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to formally open an impeachment inquiry and defined the scope of its investigation.
The House must now move swiftly and use its expanded powers afforded by a formal impeachment inquiry to air the evidence of Trump’s crimes. The Judiciary Committee needs to hold swift hearings, call key witnesses, and issue subpoenas for documents that will illuminate the evidence of Trump’s crimes and corruption, and then draft articles of impeachment.
Why an impeachment inquiry now?
Supporting the impeachment inquiry is not about politics or party. It’s about standing up for our Constitution and the rule of law.
An impeachment inquiry doesn’t come without risks — but failing to hold Trump accountable is not an option. Doing so would set an incredibly dangerous precedent for our democracy and for future presidents.
An impeachment inquiry does not guarantee that Congress will hold an impeachment vote or remove Trump from office, but it’s an important step toward holding Trump accountable for his crimes and corruption.
Does your representative support an impeachment inquiry?
There are 435 members in the House of Representatives, where an impeachment inquiry has begun. We’re tracking where each rep stands.
What can we do now?
History will judge what we do in this moment. Will we vigorously defend our democracy, our Constitution, and the rule of law? Or will we let the criminal in the White House bully us into silence?
Call your representatives now and demand they support the formal impeachment inquiry: