“I appreciate that the Committee has responded with speed to the resolution offering the support of the City of Los Angeles for any legislative action leading to the investigation of whether or not our President is in violation of the ‘Emoluments Clause” of the US Constitution.
This is a crisis in our democracy with no precedent.
President Donald Trump has been violating his oath to faithfully execute his office and defend and uphold the US Constitution since he was in sworn in with his hand on a bible, while the whole world watched.
And he’s getting away with it.
(I know you’ve received the analysis recently completed by George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s Chief Ethics lawyers and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe – so if there’s doubt that President Trump is getting away with violating the Constitution, please have a look at their analysis.)
If we cannot as a country unite around the national security need to uncover the full scope of those foreign and domestic actors from whom our president is receiving emoluments, and what those nations or individuals have gotten or expect to get in return;
If we cannot come together to insist that the US Constitution also applies to President Trump;
If, by our inaction, we affirm that flagrant and unapologetic disregard for America’s founding document is to be tolerated then we may as well put the Constitution in the shredder – or worse, watch as it shrivels to become a crusty artifact of the lost promise of America.
We will need to bridge the gap between partisanship and patriotism in order to uphold the promise of our Constitution. Can that bridge find builders here in Los Angeles?
I ask for the Committee’s unanimous vote to advance this resolution to the full Council.
Remarks before the L.A. City Council, April 28, 2017 Given by Michele Sutter of MOVI and a member of the West Valley Resistance
A committee of the City Council of Los Angeles voted unanimously to advance an IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION to the full LA City Council. The resolution was recently presented to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield by the West Valley Resistance. Similar resolutions have been passed by Richmond, CA; Alameda, CA; Berkeley, CA; Charlotte, Vermont; and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The WEST VALLEY RESISTANCE isa local resistance group aligned with the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign and Indivisible. With the assistance from more than 50 local Indivisible Chapters, such as the Suffragette Sisters, they have taken the lead in urging the City Council to pass a resolution for Congress to support an investigation into whether President Donald J. Trump has violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution, or committed any other high crime or misdemeanor sufficient to warrant commencement of impeachment proceedings.
“Today’s vote by a committee of the LA City Council to advance a resolution calling for an impeachment investigation of President Trump marks a major new development in holding this President accountable for his direct and ongoing violations of the Constitution,” says John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech For People, which is co-leading with RootsAction the national campaign at www.impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org. “The Impeach Donald Trump Now Campaign thanks the Councilmembers of this committee for this courageous vote and thanks The West Valley Resistance for leading this local fight in LA. With nearly one million Americans already on board with this campaign, we are rising in the defense of our Constitution and our democracy!”
“Throughout the history of our country, difficult and essential changes have come from the grassroots. That is what’s happening via city councils as a groundswell for impeachment begins to take hold. This is just a start of civic empowerment to defend democracy with impeachment of Trump,” says Norman Solomon, coordinator of RootsAction.org
We are hosting a Reddit AMA TODAY, April 25, at 2pm ET with leaders of our Impeach Donald Trump Now Campaign — and we want you to join us!
Participants will include: John Bonifaz, Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People; Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech For People; Professor Catherine Ross of George Washington University Law School and a member of the campaign’s Legal Advisory Board; and Norman Solomon, Co-Founder and Coordinator of RootsAction.
Join us to ask our experts anything about the call for an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump based on his violations of the anti-corruption provisions of the US Constitution.
Last week, the town of Brookline, Massachusetts took a big step toward passing our model local resolution to impeach Donald Trump, when its Selectmen voted unanimously to send it to the May 23 Town Meeting.
The “Brookline Resolution in Support of Congressional Investigation Regarding Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump” began when Lisa Kolarik discovered our legal advocacy efforts to impeach President Trump for violations of the US Constitution. Kolarik, who renewed her political engagement following the 2016 presidential election, credits our campaign and our March 2nd event in Jamaica Plain as the inspiration for this initiative.
“Jacob Weisberg and Harvard law professor Noah Feldman discuss the three most pressing categories from which the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump may be drawn—corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of democratic norms.”