The time has come for Congress to draft articles of impeachment and vote to impeach Donald Trump. 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)
The Case for Impeachment
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 of criminal activity was the tipping point for many lawmakers in supporting impeachment, including Speaker Pelosi.
A Larger Pattern of Criminality
Donald Trump using U.S. military aid to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election and smear his potential opponent is part of a larger pattern of acting as though he’s above the law.
After a two-year investigation, former special counsel Robert 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 2016 election, including sharing campaign polling data and cultivating more than 140 contacts with Russian nationals and their intermediaries.
Not only did Trump encourage Russian election interference in 2016, Mueller’s investigation 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. When Congress failed to act to hold him accountable for his crimes, an emboldened Trump declared to the press that he would accept foreign help to win the 2020 election, and then proceeded to pressure another foreign country — Ukraine — to directly interfere with our elections.
Profiting Off the Presidency
But election interference and obstruction of justice isn’t even the full picture of Trump’s lawlessness. Since day one, Trump has abused his office by profiting from the presidency at the expense of American taxpayers. Unlike prior presidents, Trump refused to divest himself from his businesses 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.
Trump has spent nearly a third of his presidency at his own properties — over 300 days — with those properties charging the U.S. federal government for expenses incurred by his security detail and other staff. He’s also steered administration, government, and military officials to stay at his resorts, driving millions more in taxpayer dollars to his businesses. For example, Trump demanded Mike Pence stay at his Doonbeg resort in Ireland, despite Pence’s meetings being across the country, 180 miles away. The U.S. Air Force has also propped up his failing Turnberry resort in Scotland by redirecting refueling routes.
Dozens of foreign governments spend money at Trump properties as a means of currying favor. Representatives of at least 22 countries, including Saudi Arabia, China, and Ukraine, have spent money and time at Trump-owned properties, putting money directly into his pocket.
Perhaps most egregiously, the White House recently announced that Trump’s Doral resort in Miami would be the site of the 2020 G7 summit. A multimillion dollar conference of world leaders, the G7 will funnel millions of foreign and U.S. government dollars directly into Trump’s pocket and help him prop up another of his failing businesses.
Not only does this unethical behavior raise serious 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.
Trump’s actions all demonstrate that he thinks he is above the law. Congress must send a message that no one is above the law, especially the President of the United States.
The Fight for Impeachment
If any other American 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.
From the very beginning, Stand Up America has defended the rule of law. Our community was one of the loudest advocacy voices protecting Mueller’s two-year investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia and his obstruction of justice. We made 275,000 calls to Congress and mobilized over 50,000 people to rally in cities across America in support of the special counsel investigation.
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 over 160,000 calls to Congress, texted nearly 280,000 voters in over 70 districts, visited their representatives’ offices, and protested across the country demanding the start of an impeachment inquiry. Thanks in part to our community’s efforts, all but a handful of House Democrats now support the inquiry.
Trump’s clear violations of the rule of law and our Constitution leave Congress with only one option: impeachment. We need every single member of the House to support drafting articles of impeachment and vote to impeach Donald Trump.
“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)
Why Support Impeachment?
Supporting impeachment is not about politics or party. It’s about standing up for our Constitution, the integrity of our elections, and the rule of law.
Drafting articles of impeachment and voting to impeach Trump 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.
Voting to impeach Donald Trump does not guarantee that Congress will remove him from office, but it’s an important step toward holding him accountable for his crimes and corruption.
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 lawmaker now and demand they support voting to impeach Donald Trump: