We have added a new ground to our call for Congress to start hearings on whether to impeach President Trump: cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of adults and children.
As reported by the New York Times, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, recently stated that he believes Robert Mueller intends to follow Justice Department rules that make presidents immune to indictment while in office. Traditionally, politically appointed lawyers in the executive branch have argued that the stigma and distraction of being indicted would interfere with the president’s ability to carry out his constitutional powers.
Others, such as Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, have argued that presidents can indeed be indicted. Regardless, whether Mueller intends to follow this “rule” or not, it is clear that Congress and the American people will ultimately have the power to impeach Donald Trump.
We have already established eight grounds for impeachment proceedings against Trump. Members of the House have already introduced articles of impeachment. Mueller’s investigation and final report to Congress will be important to bolster these grounds, but we already have more than enough evidence to initiate impeachment proceedings.
You can call your representative and encourage them to support impeachment proceedings. Check out the following resource page for a script you can use when calling your representative’s office: Sample Script
Newsweek reports that, in a recent poll, the percentage of Americans who support impeaching Donald Trump is currently higher than the president’s approval rating.
Forty-two percent of those polled responded that they believe Trump “should be impeached,” while his approval rating was thirty-nine percent.
Not only that, but Trump is now only one percentage point away from former President Richard Nixon when it comes to the number of Americans who want him impeached. Nixon is the only president to have resigned from office, which he did in anticipation of his imminent impeachment.
The poll also showed that the majority of Americans oppose Trump’s recent claim that he has the power to pardon himself. Seventy percent of those polled reported that they would disapprove of Trump issuing himself a pardon.
Read the full article Newsweek here.
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.”
Read the article in The Hill here.