Rep. Rashida Tlaib Plans to Introduce a Resolution to Start Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump

At a press conference held on Wednesday, March 6, Representative Rashida Tlaib announced that she plans to file a resolution this month to start an impeachment investigation of President Trump.

Representative Tlaib emphasized the urgency of impeachment and addressed concerns:

“I think every single colleague of mine agrees there’s impeachable offenses. That’s one thing that we all agree on. We may disagree on the pace. We may disagree that we have to wait for certain hearings, but at the same time, I think they all know the dangers of allowing President Trump to continue to violate our United States Constitution.”

John Bonifaz, Free Speech For People’s Co-Founder and President, joined the new By the People campaign for this historic announcement in Congresswoman Tlaib’s office, and he also spoke at the press conference, highlighting the overwhelming evidence that Trump has committed impeachable offenses. Bonifaz expressed Free Speech For People’s support of Representative Tlaib, stating:

“We applaud Congresswoman Tlaib for her courageous and bold leadership, and we urge all Members of Congress to join her.”

He went on to urge Congress to act now to address this constitutional crisis:

“Now is not the time for traditional congressional oversight. Now is the time for Members of Congress to face this extraordinary moment in history, to confront this constitutional crisis threatening our nation, and to start an impeachment investigation of this president.”

Read more about Representative Tlaib’s press conference and her plans to file the resolution in the Detroit News and in Newsweek.

You can also read Representative Rashida Tlaib’s op-ed, co-authored with John Bonifaz, in the Detroit Free Press here.

Impeach Trump Advocacy Day Press Conference

Need To Impeach and Free Speech For People hosted a press conference last month ahead of an impeach Trump advocacy day on Capitol Hill where 300 citizens from across the country met with their Members of Congress to deliver draft articles of impeachment and copies of the book The Constitution Demands It: The Case For The Impeachment of President Trump.

Watch the press conference below!

Ben Clements and Ron Fein in the Boston Globe: The case for starting impeachment hearings against Trump

In an op-ed in the Boston Globe (online and print), Ben Clements and Ron Fein argue the case for starting impeachment hearings. They rebut a common argument against impeachment by explaining how impeachment actually works:

It’s time to begin impeachment hearings against President Trump. The political-media establishment continues to insist that Congress shouldn’t rush to impeach, but that’s a straw man. Nobody seriously argues that the House should vote now whether to impeach. Instead, it should begin as every impeachment proceeding has begun: with impeachment hearings.

Impeachment is a three-part process. The second and third steps — a vote to impeach in the House of Representatives, and then a trial in the Senate — are specified in the Constitution. But congressional impeachments always begin with a critical first step: The House Judiciary Committee investigates whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House. The committee subpoenas documents and testimony, prepares legal analyses, and holds hearings. Through this investigation, the committee determines what the president has done, and whether it constitutes grounds for impeachment.

We can learn from the Nixon impeachment process. The Judiciary Committee didn’t sit around waiting for the Watergate special prosecutor. Instead, it started its impeachment inquiry on Oct. 30, 1973 , before the new special prosecutor was even appointed. In fact, the committee didn’t receive a report from the special prosecutor until March 1974. If Congress had waited for that report before even starting, Nixon might have remained in office for another year.

Click here for the full op-ed.

Will Bunch for The Philadelphia Inquirer: The huge problem with Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe that no one talks about

In an article for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Will Bunch calls for Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry into the President, in parallel with the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Bunch notes Congress has delegated its responsibility to hold the President accountable for his impeachable offenses to Mueller, stating, “Congress and other key players have used the Mueller probe as an excuse for inaction on the dangers posed by Trump.” Bunch further states that reticence from Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry, only furthers the lawlessness of the President, and removes a critical check on the balance of power in our government.

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Trump Reportedly Ordered Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress

According to a bombshell new report by BuzzFeed News, President Trump personally ordered his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about Trump’s efforts to pursue a real estate deal in Moscow.

As background, throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any efforts to pursue deals in Russia. In 2017, Michael Cohen testified to Congress that efforts to seek a Trump Tower in Moscow had ended in January 2016. But in fact, the Trump Organization had been actively pursuing a Trump Tower Moscow deal through June 2016. In November 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress.

The new report from Buzzfeed adds that Trump personally instructed Cohen to lie to Congress in order to hide Trump’s involvement. Furthermore, the evidence is not limited to Cohen’s testimony. To the contrary, Cohen simply confirmed what was already known:

The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.

Instructing a witness to lie to Congress is an impeachable offense (as demonstrated, e.g., in the second article of impeachment against Richard Nixon) and may involve multiple federal crimes (e.g., conspiracysubornation of perjury, and witness tampering).

The House Judiciary Committee should launch an immediate impeachment inquiry. Our system of constitutional democracy is in danger and further delay is irresponsible.