The House Judiciary Committee made a major announcement in a federal court filing at the end of July. The Committee is officially investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment against President Trump. The House rules authorize the Judiciary Committee to begin the impeachment process this way–in fact, it’s exactly how the Nixon impeachment inquiry began. While this is a major development, the Committee’s investigation does not go far enough.
Free Speech For People authored a letter, co-signed by many of our allies, to Reps. Jerry Nadler and Mary Gay Scanlon, respectively the Chair and Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. The letter expressed concerns with the timeline, scope, and public strategy regarding the Committee’s impeachment inquiry. You can read the letter here.
The letter recommends the Committee set a concrete date for its final vote, as well as schedule a series of preparatory hearings leading up to it. It urges the Committee to “stick to its schedule in the face of delay or obstinacy from the White House, Justice Department, or President Trump.”
Meanwhile, the support for impeachment has continued to grow in the House of Representatives. Rep. Al Green of Texas forced a vote on articles of impeachment following President Trump’s series of racist and xenophobic statements attacking Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Rep. Green and Free Speech For People’s Legal Director, Ron Fein, wrote an op-ed for The Hill describing why the president’s racist abuses of power are grounds for impeachment. Although Rep. Green’s resolution forcing a House floor vote was tabled via a procedural motion, his action brought the supporter total to 95 Members of Congress. That number grew following Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on July 24th. More than 120 Members of Congress — a majority of the Democratic caucus in the House — now support an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
On the grassroots front, two major projects are currently underway. August 5th was the first session of Impeachment University, a six-week series of weekly webinars designed to educate and engage everyday citizens on the urgent necessity of an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Free Speech For People Legal Director Ron Fein was a featured speaker during the first webinar (you can watch that here). For more information and to register for the next webinar in the series, go to www.impeachmentuniversity.com. Offline, activists across the country are attending town halls and district office meetings with their representatives for Impeachment August, a national month of action to demand that Congress do its job and uphold the Constitution by impeaching President Trump. To learn more and RSVP to an event near you, click here.
This is your monthly Impeachment Project Brief — stay tuned for more updates!