On Thursday, the New York Times published a column headlined "The Inevitabilty of Impeachment" and arguing that there's no stopping it now. In reality impeachment will not happen, and will not focus on charges for which conviction is likely, without a major public demand strategically aimed at advancing the strongest charges without getting sidetracked.
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According to NBC News, Trump has been telling people he's worried about impeachment. Well he should be. The incoming Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, calls Trump's direction of payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to silence them before the 2016 election "impeachable offenses."
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As RootsAction supporters have known for many months, the proven impeachable offenses make up a long list. Pick your favorites and email them to your Congress Member here.
As news increasingly swirls around Trump about a possible impeachment, we're simultaneously hearing more about a possible indictment. At least one judge, however, has passed that buck back to Congress and effectively asked the first branch of government to do its job.
In dismissing a 2017 Emoluments Clause lawsuit against Donald Trump brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York said, in part:
“As the only political branch with the power to consent to violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, Congress is the appropriate body to determine whether, and to what extent, Defendant's conduct unlawfully infringes on that power … If Congress determines that an infringement has occurred, it is up to Congress to decide whether to challenge or acquiesce to Defendant's conduct. As such, this case presents a non-justiciable political question.”
A former White House Counsel for President Nixon, John Dean, was recently quoted in the Washington Post, saying that Congress will have little choice but to begin impeachment.
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Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was asked this month whether seeking Trump's impeachment is premature. “Not to me,” she replied.
Not to us either. In fact it's long since overdue. Asked to comment further, Ocasio-Cortez went straight to the impeachable offenses we've been urging action on since Trump's inauguration day:
“What we’re seeing here is really serious questions with respect to the emoluments clause.”
We've been advancing the emoluments and the hush-payments and numerous other charges for many months. Now is the time to absolutely flood current and future Congress members with the demand for action.
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