A Turning Point for Impeachment

Today is a big day for impeachment news! Check out the following news and op-eds regarding impeachment:

Detroit Free Press: Now is the time to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump

In an op-ed published today, Representative Rashida Tlaib and Free Speech For People President, John Bonifaz, assert that, “President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country.” Their message is clear that the time for an impeachment investigation of the President is now:

“This is not just about Donald Trump. This is about all of us. What should we be as a nation? Who should we be as a people? In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise. We must rise to defend our Constitution, to defend our democracy, and to defend that bedrock principle that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.”

The Nation: Rashida Tlaib Calls for Taking Immediate Steps Toward Impeachment on Her First Day in Congress

In an article for the Nation, John Nichols reports on the Detroit Free Press op-ed, offering support for Representative Tlaib and John Bonifaz’s call for impeachment proceedings against the President. Nichols reflects on Representative Tlaib’s legal background and full grasp of the Constitution, writing:

[Representative Tlaib’s] sense of urgency, rooted in her own history as a lawyer and activist, will inform Tlaib’s service, as she makes clear in her rejection of petty political calculations regarding impeachment.

Los Angeles Times: California’s Rep. Brad Sherman to introduce impeachment measure

The LA Times reports that Representative Brad Sherman plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump today, Thursday, January 3. Representative Sherman explains:

“There is no reason it shouldn’t be before the Congress,” Sherman said. “Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country.”

Axios: House Republicans’ new reality

Axios reports that Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are seeking an Investigative Counsel, “an attorney with several years of investigative or litigation experience.” This job posting is likely in anticipation of possible impeachment proceedings:

After controlling the entire government for two years, Republicans on the Hill and in the White House are assuming a defensive crouch, with incoming House Democratic chairs vowing aggressive investigations.

To take action and help us keep the pressure on Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, click here!


Ben Clements Joins Frances Rivera on Weekends with Alex Witt

On December 29, 2018, Free Speech For People Board Chair, Ben Clements, joined MSNBC’s Frances Rivera on Weekends with Alex Witt to discuss the latest on the investigation of the President by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation of Trump’s business interests, including the Trump Organization.

Free Speech For People recently renewed our call on the New York State Attorney General to begin an investigation into whether to revoke the corporate charter of the Trump Organization due to the company’s alleged criminal activities, including money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, facilitating unconstitutional foreign government payments (emoluments) to the president and concealing a political slush fund by invoicing bogus “legal services.” This renewed call follows the submission of a guilty plea by Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen for, among other charges, conspiring with the President to violate federal campaign finance law and evade regulatory scrutiny through a fraudulent scheme of concealing “hush money” payments and campaign expenses.

Click here to learn more about the campaign to Dissolve the Trump Organization! 


Impeachment Media Round-Up

Impeachment has been in the news lately with the recent sentencing of Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and as the Mueller investigation continues. But we’ve known of Trump’s impeachable offenses since he took the oath of office.

Check out our round-up of the latest news on impeachment proceedings against the President:

  • WBUR: It’s Time to Impeach Donald Trump
  • The New York Times: The Inevitability of Impeachment
  • Washington Post: If Trump’s actions aren’t impeachable, then what is?
  • The Hill: Mueller’s Choice: Impeachment Does Not Preclude Indictment
  • NBC News: Trump Confides to Friends He’s Concerned About Impeachment
  • Inquisitr: Donald Trump Impeachment Proceedings Could Start Soon, Predicts Key Watergate Figure
  • The Nation: The Impeachment of Donald Trump Is No Longer ‘Off the Table
  • The Boston Globe: Why Aren’t We Talking About Impeachment?
  • USA Today: How House Democrats Can Save Democracy and the Rule of Law: Impeach Donald Trump ASAP
  • Bloomberg: When Impeachment Is Mandatory
  • Salon: The Case for Impeaching Trump: I Voted to Impeach Nixon — I Can Recognize a President Running Amok
  • Thread by Harvard Law Professor, John Coates, on impeachment:

And a reminder that Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib gifted our book, The Constitution Demands It, to each new member of Congress:

To purchase our book, click here.

And to get involved in the movement to hold the President accountable to the law, click here.


Rashida Tlaib Delivers ‘The Constitution Demands It’ to New Members of Congress

On November 27, US Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib delivered our book, The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump, to every new member of Congress, as reported by the Independent Journal Review.

Tlaib tweeted about the gift:

Representative-elect Tlaib is one of the first of two Muslim women elected to Congress and is the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. She has been vocal about her support for pursuing impeachment investigations of Donald Trump and is committed to holding our elected officials accountable to the Constitution.

Thank you, Representative-elect Tlaib, for your dedication to our democracy and for your efforts to provide new members of Congress with the tools to take action.

To learn more, read the article in the Independent Journal Review. To purchase our book, click here.

Photo by Rashida Tlaib


Ben Clements on Weekends with Alex Witt

On December 2, 2018, Free Speech For People Board Chair, Ben Clements, joined Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC to discuss the latest developments in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and holding the President accountable to the law. In addition to the Mueller investigation, Free Speech For People launched, in January 2017, a campaign calling for an impeachment investigation of the President. While the Mueller investigation is exploring any potential criminal activity conducted by the President and his associates, an impeachment investigation would hold the President accountable for violations of the Constitution.

For more information on the legal grounds for an impeachment investigation of the President, visit impeachmentproject.org/book.


JASON SATTLER FOR USA TODAY: THE ONLY OPTION LEFT IS IMPEACHMENT.

In a powerful opinion editorial for USA Today, Jason Sattler, makes the case for impeachment to end the corruption and lawlessness of Trump presidency. Sattler explores the most recent actions by Trump made in defiance of the law, including the unconstitutional and illegal appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General to undermine the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller; obstruction of justice; violation of two anti-corruption provisions of the Constitution; and more.

The day after Americans showed up to vote in numbers not seen for a midterm election in over 100 years, to deliver Republicans their worst House losses since Watergate, Trump promptly revealed his contempt for both the Constitution and the American people.

Matt Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general hours after the polls closed was likely unconstitutional, definitely dubious, and an all but obvious an attempt to obstruct justice — given that Whitaker has publicly laid out exactly why and how he’d undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

America cannot bet our democracy on guys who are willing to work for Donald Trump — or expect one investigation to contain the overwhelming rot of this administration.

The American people have responded to Trump’s assault on our democracy with marches, unprecedented political involvement and a massive drubbing at the polls. The people we elected need to show they are willing to rise up just as convincingly and check this president while that is still possible.

Click here to read the full article in USA Today. 

Photo: United_States_Capitol_-_west_front.jpg: Architect of the Capitolderivative work: O.J. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Ben Clements and Ron Fein: “Is now the time to impeach?”

Free Speech For People Board Chair, Ben Clements, and Legal Director, Ron Fein, co-authors of the book, The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump, join WGBH Greater Boston to discuss why now is the time for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.


Ron Fein on the Peter B. Collins Show

Ron Fein, Free Speech For People Legal Director and co-author of The Constitution Demands It, recently spoke with Peter Collins on his podcast about impeachment:

Fein thumbnails the impeachment process, and we talk about past cases of impeachment of Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson. Then he details the 8-plus draft articles of impeachment proposed in the book. We agree on 7 of the 8 charges, and briefly discuss the Russiagate narrative.

We discuss the recalcitrance toward impeachment shown by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and by Hillary Clinton in a recent interview with Rachel Maddow. Polls show that almost half of voters support impeachment now, but party leaders follow the polls instead of leading on a matter they say threatens the future of the republic. Fein is even-handed, and criticizes Republicans who place party loyalty and tax cuts over the corruption of their leader.

Listen to the interview below! And listen to more interviews from the Peter B. Collins Show here.


Ivanka Worries About Impeachment for Donald Trump

An article from Bustle reports that even Donald Trump’s children have started to worry about the possible launch of impeachment proceedings against him:

President Donald Trump’s children have tirelessly defended him against any and all criticism since he first launched his bid for office. But the release of Bob Woodward’s White House exposé and the New York Times op-ed about “the resistance inside the Trump administration,” as well as the continuing FBI probe into the Trump campaign, may have them a little rattled. In fact, Ivanka Trump worries about impeachment, a source close to the president’s senior advisor told Vanity Fair.

With the midterm elections quickly approaching, as well as added pressure of growing negative press, the atmosphere in the White House has increased the concern among Trump’s family and advisors:

But even his daughter is reportedly concerned that the recent barrage of negative press, dwindling approval ratings, and numerous lawsuits could end with her father’s impeachment…

Democrats taking hold of Congress would put President Trump at greater risk of impeachment, and experts predict that they have a shot at flipping both the House and the Senate this year. A Washington Post report last month revealed that White House aides were considering sending Ivanka to Democratic strongholds to help her dad campaign for Republicans in the midterm election.

Read the article here!


The Nation: Donald Trump Is Actively Obstructing Justice

In a recent article in the Nation, John Nichols reports on the most recent instance of obstruction of justice perpetrated by Donald Trump.

As Nichols reports, Donald Trump and his administration are seeking to force the declassification of documents and text messages that are relevant to the inquiry into Russian influence on his campaign and his presidency.

The president has ordered the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to begin the “immediate declassification” of key sections of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application for Carter Page, who once served as a foreign-policy aide to Trump. The president has also ordered the declassification of “all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications” and “directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of [former FBI director] James Comey, [former acting director of the FBI] Andrew McCabe, [former chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section] Peter Strzok, [former FBI lawyer] Lisa Page, and [former associate deputy Attorney general and former director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force] Bruce Ohr.”

This, as Nichols explains, is obstruction of justice: “Interfering in an ongoing federal investigation with the purpose of subverting the inquiry represents a classic case of obstruction of justice.”

Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly attempted to interfere with congressional investigations into his conduct and that of his administration. His attempts to obstruct justice are well documented and ongoing, and this most recent example only seeks to strengthen the case for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

Nichols compares Trump’s actions to that of Richard Nixon, who resigned before he could be impeached.

In Nixon’s time, Republicans joined Democrats in moving to hold a Republican president to account for obstruction of justice. These are different times. But there can be no excuses for members of Congress, no matter what their partisanship, who fail to recognize that the impeachment power exists to address precisely so lawless a presidency as that of Donald Trump.

John Nichols is right. This is not an issue of partisanship. The impeachment power exists for this very reason and both Democrats and Republicans must stand in support of the Constitution.

Read the article here.


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