The Nation: Donald Trump Is Actively Obstructing Justice

In a recent article in the Nation, John Nichols reports on the most recent instance of obstruction of justice perpetrated by Donald Trump.

As Nichols reports, Donald Trump and his administration are seeking to force the declassification of documents and text messages that are relevant to the inquiry into Russian influence on his campaign and his presidency.

The president has ordered the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to begin the “immediate declassification” of key sections of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application for Carter Page, who once served as a foreign-policy aide to Trump. The president has also ordered the declassification of “all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications” and “directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of [former FBI director] James Comey, [former acting director of the FBI] Andrew McCabe, [former chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section] Peter Strzok, [former FBI lawyer] Lisa Page, and [former associate deputy Attorney general and former director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force] Bruce Ohr.”

This, as Nichols explains, is obstruction of justice: “Interfering in an ongoing federal investigation with the purpose of subverting the inquiry represents a classic case of obstruction of justice.”

Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly attempted to interfere with congressional investigations into his conduct and that of his administration. His attempts to obstruct justice are well documented and ongoing, and this most recent example only seeks to strengthen the case for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

Nichols compares Trump’s actions to that of Richard Nixon, who resigned before he could be impeached.

In Nixon’s time, Republicans joined Democrats in moving to hold a Republican president to account for obstruction of justice. These are different times. But there can be no excuses for members of Congress, no matter what their partisanship, who fail to recognize that the impeachment power exists to address precisely so lawless a presidency as that of Donald Trump.

John Nichols is right. This is not an issue of partisanship. The impeachment power exists for this very reason and both Democrats and Republicans must stand in support of the Constitution.

Read the article here.


The Nation: Republicans for Impeaching the President

In an article in The Nation, John Nichols discusses support for impeachment investigations by Republican leaders. Citing recent pieces by Representative Jason Villalba and former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, Nichols points out that Democrats aren’t alone in their call to hold Donald Trump accountable for his many constitutional violations, despite common expectations of party loyalties.

Whitman described Trump as “clearly unfit to remain in office,” while Villalba titled his op-ed, “It’s Time to Impeach the President.” Whitman didn’t directly call for impeachment investigations in her piece, but she did make a plea to her fellow Republican leaders: “We must put aside the GOP label, as hard as that may be, and demonstrate the leadership our country needs by calling on the president to step down.”

Whitman goes on her op-ed to say, “Only bold leadership can put the United States back on a path that values freedom and democracy, and truly puts America first.”

Nichols echoes this sentiment, drawing from history and the Nixon administration to emphasize his point:

Republicans have put America first before, most notably during the Watergate crisis, when a number of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee supported articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. Nixon quit after top Republicans—including conservatives such as former Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona—told him that if he remained in office he would be held to account. Nixon was a bad player, to be sure. But Trump is worse, and a new generation of Republicans is called to check and balance him with the remedy that the founders outlined in the Constitution.

Most Republicans will continue to resist the constitutional remedy, for now. But the fact that the discussion of impeachment is beginning to cross partisan and ideological lines represents a slim ray of hope for the republic.

John Nichols and members of the Republican leadership speaking out for impeachment proceedings are right. The nation must come together, regardless of party, to end this constitutional crisis and to begin an impeachment investigation of Donald Trump.


Constitutional Lawyer Ron Fein to Democracy Now: Impeachment is Overdue

Free Speech For People Legal Director Ron Fein joined Congressman Al Green and Democracy Now to discuss the  latest in the legal case for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, including illegal hush money payments made in violation of the Federal Campaign Finance Act at the request of Trump, per Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Cohen confessed to the payments while pleading guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and a number of other charges.


Tom Steyer to Buzzfeed: It’s the Corruption, Stupid

In an interview with Audie Cornish of Buzzfeed News, Tom Steyer discussed the grounds for impeaching Donald Trump. Steyer focused on Trump’s corruption, citing his numerous violations of the emoluments clauses of the Constitution.

“If you step back for one second and think about this president, the most corrupt president in American history — [he’s] somebody who is breaking the law on a daily basis, somebody who is reckless and dangerous and lawless.

In the Constitution, it says that the president cannot take any payment whatsoever from a foreign government — for obvious reasons. I mean, you can’t have the president taking money from a foreign government, which would mean that he might … do what’s right for them instead of what’s right for the American people. He does that on a daily basis.

We don’t need Mr. Mueller to tell us that.”

Steyer emphasized that we have more than enough evidence to call for an impeachment investigation, and that we do not need to wait for the full findings from the Mueller investigation to proceed. Steyer highlighted this point by citing the results of a recent poll conducted by his organization, Need to Impeach:

…Steyer said ‘corruption’ — rather than the Russia investigation or any policy move — provided the strongest rationale for impeachment, according to a previously undisclosed survey of 200,000 people on his expansive Need to Impeach database. The survey found that 30% of respondents said the president should be impeached for corruption, he said.

Tom Steyer is right – Trump’s ongoing corruption and constitutional violations constitute enough evidence to call on Congress to launch an impeachment investigation. We must act now to impeach Donald Trump. Learn more about how you can get involved here.

Read the article from Buzzfeed News here.


Newsweek: Donald Trump Should be Impeached Now because ‘The Constitution Demands It’ – Book

Jessica Kwong of Newsweek discusses the new book, The Constitution Demands It, and the case for beginning impeachment proceedings against the President.

Congress, which has the authority to begin impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump has been reluctant to act, awaiting the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation, among other things.

But in a new book, three veteran constitutional lawyers argue that the framers of the Constitution provided impeachment as a remedy in anticipation of a leader like Trump, and that he’s committed enough offenses for removal proceedings to begin immediately.

The framers of the Constitution “were obsessed with corruption,” and “to defend against this ever-present danger, they built bulwarks into the Constitution itself,” the book The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump, set for release Tuesday, says.

“President Donald Trump has been violating the Constitution since the moment he took the oath of office—and since then, the corruption, abuse of power, and abuse of public trust have only gotten worse,” the authors Ron Fein, John Bonifaz and Ben Clements write.

Click here to read the full article in Newsweek.

Click here to learn more about the new book, The Constitution Demands It!