On July 27, 2018, Free Speech For People joined with over a dozen public interest groups to urge the Internal Revenue Service to pursue an investigation of the Trump Foundation for possible criminal acts.
“Our laws grant tax-exempt status to foundations and other charitable organizations on the condition that they operate exclusively for charitable purposes—not to promote political candidates or pay off private debts,” the letter states. “Yet according to the [New York State Attorney General’s] two-year investigation, the Trump Foundation repeatedly and blatantly engaged in just such prohibited activities. Failure by the IRS to respond energetically to such shocking allegations of misconduct would send the wrong message to other Americans about the need to adhere to our tax laws and the impartiality of their application.”
Ben Clements, Board Chair of Free Speech For People, and William Weinreb, former acting U.S attorney, join Jim Braude on WGBH: Greater Boston to discuss the upcoming trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the impact of the first case of the Russia investigation on Trump.
In an op-ed for the Huffington Post, Free Speech For People Legal Director Ron Fein challenges the notion that launching impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump must wait until the conclusion of the investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Contrary to a common misunderstanding, impeachment does not require evidence that the president committed a federal crime. While senators will be right to question whether Kavanaugh would cast the deciding vote to protect Trump from prosecution, Americans must not surrender an important constitutional safeguard against a president’s non-criminal abuse of power.
The fact that Trump has committed impeachable offenses that are not crimes has been lost in our current public discussion, which misleadingly speaks of impeachment as either a prerequisite to or a consequence for a finding of criminal violations. This narrow framing effectively shrinks the scope of Congress’ impeachment power by ignoring serious but non-criminal offenses like pocketing foreign emoluments and abusing the pardon power.
In article for the Washington Post, Free Speech For People Legal Director Ron Fein discusses the Helsinki Summit and President Trump’s response to questioning regarding Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election.
Is it treason? It’s easy to see why people are asking. Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election are well documented. Evidence is mounting that the Trump campaign illegally conspired or coordinated with Russian government operatives — Robert Mueller has already secured guilty pleas from three campaign workers and campaign manager Paul Manafort is in jail awaiting trial. Trump is also notably unwilling to act against — or even criticize — Russian interests. And he apparently lacks interest in doing anything to secure the United States against future election interference.
For all this, however, Trump’s conduct might not rise to the technical definition of treason. And yet it might still be impeachment worthy regardless.
Read more about the case for launching an impeachment investigation of Donald Trump from Ron Fein, John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech For People, and Ben Clements, Board Chair of Free Speech For People, in the new book, The Constitution Demands It. Preorders available now!
The panel featured Free Speech For People Board Chair Ben Clements, Free Speech For People Legal Director Ron Fein, Vermont Law Professor Jennifer Taub and Tom Steyer founder of Need To Impeach. The panel was moderated by Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz.
In addition, Free Speech For People announced at the live event the publication of a new book, The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump. To learn more and get a copy of the book today, visit: www.impeachmentproject.org/book.
In an opinion editorial for NBC News, Free Speech For People Legal Director, Ron Fein, and Need to Impeach Founder, Tom Steyer, discuss the importance of stopping the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court until Robert Mueller’s investigation has concluded and Congress has completed an impeachment investigation of Donald Trump.
In what President Donald Trump probably hoped would be the most dramatic rose ceremony in television history, he announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court on live T.V. last week. But this cannot end with a season finale during which Trump says “You’re hired.”
Under the present circumstances, in fact, the Senate should not even consider holding confirmation hearings any time soon.
Our objections don’t stem from Kavanaugh’s credentials nor his likely rulings on hot-button issues that divide the American public, such as reproductive rights, voting rights and marriage equality. Rather, the reason that his confirmation hearings must be postponed is much more fundamental: No president should nominate any Supreme Court justice while he is under criminal investigation and facing the prospect of impeachment proceedings.
We are thrilled to announce the release of our new book, The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump.
Written by Free Speech For People Legal Director Ron Fein, Co-Founder and President John Bonifaz, and Chair of the Board of Directors Ben Clements, with a foreword by The Nation’s national affairs correspondent John Nichols, The Constitution Demands It argues that the time to talk about impeachment is now, and offers a precise case against President Trump.
Among the charges The Constitution Demands It cites are:
Accepting illegal payments from foreign governments,
Using government agencies to persecute political enemies,
Abusing the pardon power,
And undermining of the freedom of the press.
The Constitution Demands It has already garnered endorsements from Need to Impeach founder Tom Steyer, actress and activist Alyssa Milano, and more:
“We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis. This book lays out the case for impeachment against Donald Trump in stark terms. If you are troubled about Trump’s lawlessness, I think it is your responsibility as a concerned citizen to read this book and to learn how best to protect our democracy.” —Tom Steyer, founder of Need to Impeach
Free Speech For People is proud to launch our new website, the Impeachment Project. The Impeachment Project covers key initiatives we have launched to hold Donald Trump accountable for his abuses of power and to challenge corruption at the highest levels of government.
On our homepage, learn more about our efforts:
To launch impeachment proceedings;
To press for an investigation into whether to dissolve the Trump Organization Inc.;
To demand that the Federal Election Commission investigate potential coordination between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign:
To advance our Divest Trump Soho Campaign to victory.
And be sure to check out our newly launched social media channels dedicated to this work on our Facebook and Twitter.
Check back here to see all that we have and continue to accomplish together to defend our Constitution and our democracy at this critical time.
To learn more about all of our work at Free Speech For people, check out our organizational website here.
“We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis. This book lays out the case for impeachment against Donald Trump in stark terms. If you are troubled about Trump’s lawlessness, I think it is your responsibility as a concerned citizen to read this book and to learn how best to protect our democracy.” – Tom Steyer, founder of Need to Impeach
Written by a trio of veteran constitutional attorneys, The Constitution Demands It, makes the definitive legal case for the impeachment of Donald Trump.