During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed that Trump and his allies are using a “very specific, very political strategy to undermine [the Mueller] investigation” as part of a public relations campaign to stave off impeachment.
Giuliani’s comments demonstrate that Trump and his legal team are working to undermine the Mueller investigation in the eyes of the public due to their belief that impeachment proceedings could be an inevitability:
“Of course we have to [be aggressive in these attacks] to defend the president. We’re defending … um — to a large extent remember, Dana, we’re defending here … It is for public opinion. Because eventually the decision here is going to be impeach or not impeach. Members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, are going to be informed a lot by their constituents. And so our jury is — as it should be — is the American people. And the American people, yes, are … Republicans, largely, independents, pretty substantially, and even some Democrats now question the legitimacy of [the Mueller investigation].”
Read more about Giuliani’s comments and the interview here in New York Magazine.
In an article from the The Hill, Presidential historian Jon Meacham stated that he believes impeachment will be the “season finale” to Trump’s time in office.
Meacham compared Trump’s behavior, including his vow to ask the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI spied on his campaign, to that of President Nixon’s behavior before his resignation from office. Meacham went on to say that Trump’s presidency will likely end the same way as Nixon’s.
“I would bet a good bit of money this is going to end up in the House with some kind of impeachment proceeding, and the makeup of that body and ultimately the reaction of the United States Senate, which is supposed to be the great deliberative check and the great final hammer on these things,” he said. “I think … that’s going to be the season finale of this.”
An article in Esquire reminds us that Trump continues to violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution through his failure to divest from his businesses receiving benefits from negotiations with foreign governments.
Trump has been in violation of the Constitution since the day he took office, and his defiance of the Emoluments Clause constitutes an impeachable offense.
As the article describes:
Over the weekend, you may recall, the president* leaped onto the electric Twitter machine to announce that the United States would be helping Chinese communications giant ZTE find relief from his own trade policies. Casual observers noted that the Trump Organization is involved in a huge project in Indonesia—golf courses, resorts, etc.—that is backed with $500 million from China. This came up at the Monday briefing, as did the obvious fact that the project pretty much does yet another tap-dance on the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
When questioned about the project, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah was unable to provide any information, stating “I’ll have to refer you to the Trump Organization.”
Trump announced today that he would offer a full pardon to Dinesh D’Souza, author and filmmaker. D’Souza was indicted in 2012 on charges that he violated campaign finance laws through the illegal use of straw donors, who contributed $20,000 to a candidate for New York Senate, which D’Souza then reimbursed. D’Souza pled guilty to the money laundering scheme and was sentenced to five years of probation and received a $30,000 fine for his violation of federal candidate contribution limits.
Much like Trump’s pardon of former Sherriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for criminal contempt, this pardon is an impeachable offense and a blatant abuse of power. Trump continues to undermine the foundation of our democracy by providing immunity in exchange for personal loyalty.
On Tuesday, May 22, Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the latest updates in the campaign to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
In the interview, John describes Trump’s many impeachable actions and describes how we cannot normalize these impeachable offenses. As he explains:
… If we do not act with respect to this president and the magnitude of impeachable offenses that grows by the day, then we are setting ourselves up for a very dangerous precedent where we treat a president of the United States as being above the law. And that is a road down toward authoritarianism that we cannot take
Watch the video below, and read the full transcript of the interview here.