I want to address some objections to opening an impeachment inquiry. The most prominent has been what I consider fear mongering and omens of dire consequences should the House start impeachment proceedings. The truth is that we don’t know the future.
We don’t know what impact opening an impeachment inquiry will have on the election. I can see many ways in which opening an impeachment inquiry hurts the Republicans and helps the Democrats. In my view, Congress is giving Trump a huge gift by failing to begin impeachment proceedings.
I can see many ways in which opening an impeachment inquiry hurts the Republicans and helps the Democrats. In my view, Congress is giving Trump a huge gift by failing to begin impeachment proceedings.
The most disturbing thing in the Mueller report is that Trump encouraged a foreign nation to commit espionage against the United States and its institutions while at the very same time that espionage was actually happening. At the same time that Donald Trump, Jr. was looking for “dirt on Hillary Clinton” from foreign agents and Candidate Donald Trump was asking Russia to release Clinton emails, Russian agents were actually hacking into Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails and working with Julian Assange to release those emails. After seeking to benefit from Russian espionage, President Trump and other high level officials attempted to cover up their contacts with Russian agents and many went to jail. Trump even attempted to obstruct the investigation into the very espionage he encouraged and sought to benefit from.
The Mueller report is extensive and detailed. Everyone should at least take a look at the table of contents and read the summaries and introductions. There are many ways in which going over the last four years of everything Donald Trump has said and done could go badly for the Republicans, and I don’t believe for one second that President Trump or the Republicans want an impeachment fight. In fact, we are giving Donald Trump a huge gift by failing to hold him to account for his crimes and other impeachable offenses.
Before the Mueller testimony, Trump had a 44 to 46% approval rating. If we allow Trump to get away with “high crimes and misdemeanors” so that he can say that “it was all a witch hunt, the Mueller Report came to nothing,” and allowing people to believe that he has been “totally exonerated,” we should expect those 46% to show up to the polls. This is why we may see the Democrats in the House turn around on this issue, because they have to stare this big nasty number down.
The second argument goes that since he’s not going to be impeached by the Senate it’s not worth impeaching him in the House. This puts the cart before the horse. The Republican controlled Senate does not dictate the agenda in the House.
While much could be said about this excuse for allowing Trump to be above the law just this one time, the truth is that if we don’t hold him accountable no one else will. Forget about waiting until after the election. The people will have spoken and it will be too late. If the United States House of Representatives won’t stand up to Donald Trump, what makes anyone think the lower courts will?
The remedy is impeachment. It doesn’t mean removing him from office, but it’s the only real way to hold President Trump accountable for the crimes and abuses of power he has committed. Losing an election is not is punishment for high crimes and misdemeanors.
If we allow him to get away with impeachable conduct, when he wins the election, which he likely will since we have essentially acquitted him, he will begin to investigate the investigators. To investigate public servants for doing their jobs is a direct insult to our democracy and our democratic institutions. If Congress refuses to hold this President accountable for his crimes while hundreds of thousands of Americans are doing time for lesser crimes, we are welcoming fascism and dismantling our democracy.
I personally don’t care what happens in the Senate. It’s more important to consider what will happen if we don’t impeach. If we allow him to get away with abusing his power he will continue to flaunt the law all because our politicians were too afraid of losing the next election to ensure that the President is not above the law.
Are we so fearful that we can’t hold the President to account for his crimes and impeachable conduct? After two years of investigation, the Mueller report is finally out and it shows impeachable offenses. Have we come to the finish line and then lost our nerve?
The point is to hold the President accountable to the extent we are able. We cannot allow our President to be above the law and expect to preserve our democratic institutions at the same time. Every imaginable excuse for not holding this President to account has been offered to discourage us from standing up to him.
It’s not Bob Mueller’s responsibility to tell Congress whether President Trump committed impeachable offenses. Nor is it his duty to charge the President with a crime. It’s the duty of Congress to act as a check on a President who has abused his power or who has violated the law, and it’s the strategically necessary thing to do if we are to defend the Constitution, fight for democracy, stem the tide of facism and win the next election.
By the People - LA/OC is having a Meet to Impeach at 2 p.m. on Saturday August 3, 2019 at Denny’s Restaurant on Whittier Boulevard in Whittier just east of the 605 Freeway (11891 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90601). If you can’t make the meeting, send me an email at Rich_Procida@Justice.com or call me at (562) 665-3317. Also, join our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ByThePeopleWhittier/