The New York Times recently reported that Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller in June of last year. Mueller is currently leading the investigation into the administration’s potential involvement with Russia. The Times reports that Donald McGahn, White House counsel, refused to follow through with the dismissal, and instead threatened to resign rather than comply with Trump’s order.
President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.
The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.
This report represents yet another case of Trump’s obstruction of justice. It is a powerful reminder that we do not need to wait on the results of Mueller’s investigation to demand that Congress act. The list of Trump’s impeachable offenses is more than enough to move forward with impeachment proceedings.
Last Friday, January 19, 2018, following Congressman Al Green’s introduction of articles of impeachment, 66 Members of Congress voted to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump. This is the second vote in two months. Last month, on December 6, 2017, Congressman Green called the first vote on articles of impeachment against the President, and 58 Members of Congress voted to advance the impeachment process. This newest vote saw an additional 12 members of Congress on record voting in favor of advancing impeachment proceedings. (Of the 58 Members who voted to move forward on December 6, two Members were absent from this January 19 vote, and two Members voted not to move forward with these new articles of impeachment.)
Congressman Green spoke on the House floor regarding the impeachment resolution, in which he outlined charges against the President, including those related to Trump’s recent bigoted and racist statements regarding immigrants and countries of origin.
This newest vote shows us that support for impeachment of President Trump is growing and the movement to regain our democracy is gaining momentum. Take a moment to thank those Members of Congress who voted to hold our leaders accountable. A list of how Members of Congress voted is available here: Final Roll Call. And share news of the vote to help spread the word about our movement for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.
On this day last year, Impeach Donald Trump Now began a campaign calling for an impeachment investigation to be launched by Congress into the violations of the Domestic and Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by Donald Trump. Since the launch of the campaign, we have expanded the grounds for impeachment to include obstruction of justice and other abuses of power. Together, we have achieved the following milestones in this campaign throughout the past year:
3 million people across the country have signed on in support of launching an impeachment investigation of President Trump;
17 cities and towns have passed local impeachment resolutions calling for an impeachment investigation;
2 votes have been called in Congress for Articles of Impeachment, led by Congressman Al Green; and
58 Members of Congress voted on December 6, 2017 in favor of impeachment proceedings against President Trump; in the second vote on January 19, 2018, 66 Members of Congress voted in favor of impeachment proceedings.
We look forward to continuing to build and expand this campaign with you in 2018.
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Impeach Donald Trump Now, launched a campaign for an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, based on violations of the Domestic and Foreign Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution. Since that time, we have expanded our grounds for impeachment to include obstruction of justice, following the firing of FBI Director, James Comey. Now, new evidence has emerged of further obstruction by the Trump administration in the federal criminal investigation of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian government to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.