In December of 2019, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump for abusing his power and obstructing Congress, making him the third president to be impeached in American history. We break down what brought us to this point, how the impeachment process works, and why impeachment is the only way to hold Trump accountable for his crimes and corruption.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of betrayal of his oath of office and betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry…” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Impeachment: How We Got Here
We now have overwhelming evidence that Donald Trump has abused his public office for personal and political gain, including using military aid to pressure a foreign government to interfere in our election.
“I would like you to do us a favor, though…” — Donald Trump
In July 2019, Trump personally called the president of Ukraine to pressure him to investigate Joe Biden. One week before the call, Trump ordered his staff to freeze nearly $400 million in crucial military aid to Ukraine. He used our tax dollars to extort a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 election.
The Trump administration was clearly aware they were breaking the law because they orchestrated a massive cover-up to hide the truth. The White House “locked down” all transcripts of the phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine in a highly-restricted intelligence file. When the call was the subject of a whistleblower complaint filed in September 2019 with the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General, and determined to be “of urgent concern,” the Trump administration tried to illegally block the complaint from being sent to Congress.
Two separate Trump-appointed senior officials in the intelligence community looked into Trump’s behavior and found it so concerning that they both independently asked the Department of Justice to consider criminal prosecution. But Trump’s attorney general refused to open an investigation.
This shocking abuse of power and the subsequent cover-up was the tipping point for many lawmakers in supporting impeachment, including Speaker Pelosi.
The Fight for Impeachment
If anyone else invited foreign interference in our elections, obstructed justice, or violated the Constitution as blatantly as Trump, they’d be headed to prison. Since taking office, Trump has thwarted efforts to challenge his use of the presidency for personal and political 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.
In May 2019, after the release of the redacted Mueller report, we launched a campaign pressuring Congress to immediately begin a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. Since then, our community has made nearly 200,000 calls to Congress, visited their representatives’ offices, showed up at town halls, and protested across the country demanding Trump’s impeachment and removal.
“During a town hall meeting yesterday, I was asked by a concerned constituent about an impeachment inquiry. My answer – no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States and this President should be held accountable for his actions.” – Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL)
Why Support Impeachment and Removal?
Removing Trump from office is not about politics or party. It’s about standing up for our Constitution, the integrity of our elections, and the rule of law.
Impeaching and convicting Trump doesn’t come without risks — but failing to hold Trump accountable is not an option. It would set an incredibly dangerous precedent for our democracy and future presidents. No one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.
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?
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