Impeaching Trump to Hold Him Accountable

The Time to Impeach Is Now

Here’s what we know: Trump abused his authority, violated the law, and repeatedly tried to obstruct justice. The Mueller report confirmed it. 

As if interfering in the 2016 election wasn’t bad enough, Trump has now turned his sights on corrupting the 2020 election as well. We know that Trump attempted bribe Ukrainian leaders into digging up dirt on his political opponents in an attempt to gain an advantage in the presidential campaign. Then, he tried to cover it up. We know he did it because Trump himself has admitted to doing it ON CAMERA, and several high-ranking officials in his administration have confirmed his bribery scheme both under oath and in the media. 

Donald Trump is a criminal. These activities are impeachable offenses. 

Call Your House Representative

The facts are indisputable: Trump bribed a foreign government, Ukraine, with US military aid to dig up dirt on a political opponent to benefit his reelection. This is an impeachable offense. Tell your representative to uphold their duty to the Constitution and vote yes on articles of impeachment.

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Call Your Two Senators

We have to make sure that Mitch McConnell doesn’t assist Trump in his cover-up, so we need senators to fulfill their constitutional duty by holding a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate. Call your senators and tell them to commit to a fair and open impeachment trial.

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Where are we right now?

House Democrats are preparing to vote on articles of impeachment. House Intelligence Committee hearings have concluded, and Adam Schiff, the Chairman, has made the case to the American people that 1) Donald Trump has corrupted the office of the presidency, and 2) that Trump engaged in a bribery scheme that implicated nearly everyone in his administration, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The 300-page House Intelligence Committee report is absolutely devastating for Donald Trump and confirms impeachable conduct.

The report compiles mountains of evidence—including new phone records, witness testimony, text messages, and public statements—that clearly show Donald Trump engineered a massive bribery scheme to subvert America’s foreign policy for his own personal political gain.

Trump demanded that Ukraine interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf before he’d give them either critical military aid or a White House meeting. Then he and his administration obstructed the investigations to expose that conduct—ignoring lawful subpoenas and the request for key documents.

That is impeachable conduct.

During the first day of hearings in the House Judiciary Committee, the country’s leading constitutional scholars testified under oath that Trump’s conduct meets the constitutional standard for impeachment:

  • “President Trump’s conduct described in the testimony and evidence clearly constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution,” Noah Feldman, Harvard Law Professor

  • “The president has committed several impeachable offenses, including bribery, abuse of power in soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader to benefit himself personally, obstructing justice, and obstructing Congress,” Michael Gerhardt, UNC Professor of Constitutional Law

  • “The president’s serious misconduct, including bribery, soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader in exchange for his exercise of power, and obstructing justice and Congress are worse than the misconduct of any prior president, including what previous presidents who faced impeachment have done or been accused of doing,” Michael Gerhardt, UNC Professor of Constitutional Law

  • “Bribery occurred when [Trump] solicited, received or offered a personal favor or benefit to influence official action, risking he would put his private welfare above the national interest,” Pamela Karlan, Stanford Law School Professor

The House Judiciary Committee will now move to evidentiary hearings to (you guessed it) hear the evidence from the House Intelligence Committee, draft articles of impeachment, complete markup of those articles, and vote to approve them and refer them to the full House for a final vote.

What are the asks for your members of Congress?

Every member of Congress (your representative and your two senators) should be on the record in support of impeaching Donald Trump, and of a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate.

  • If your Democratic representative in the House is vocal in support of impeachment, call and say thank you and to keep it up. If they aren't quite there yet or they haven't been vocal enough, demand they take a stronger stance. Positive reinforcement from constituents right now is critical.

  • If you have a Republican representative in the House, remind them of their oath to protect the Constitution and that you demand they support impeachment now. Remind them that if Congress does nothing, then our Constitution means nothing. Our democracy will mean nothing. The facts of the case are indisputable. 

  • For Democratic senators, demand that they speak out loudly and firmly about the need for a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate. Here is a great explainer from our friends at Public Citizen about the basics of ensuring a fair and open trial.

  • For Republican senators, remind them of the oath that they took to support and defend the Constitution and ask whether they will support a fair and open trial in the Senate to fully hear the evidence and hold Trump accountable for his actions.

 

 

Plan or RSVP to an Impeachment Eve Nobody is Above the Law Event Now

The night before the House of Representatives takes a somber vote to impeach Trump, we'll head to every congressional office and public square to declare that Nobody Is Above the Law as representatives finalize their positions and senators look on. RSVP NOW

Plan or RSVP to an Impeachment Eve Nobody is Above the Law Event Now

The night before the House of Representatives takes a somber vote to impeach Trump, we'll head to every congressional office and public square to declare that Nobody Is Above the Law as representatives finalize their positions and senators look on. RSVP NOW

Call your representative in the House and tell them to vote yes on articles of impeachment

If you have a Democratic representative, say thank you. If you have a Republican, remind them that the facts are indisputable and that they have a duty to uphold the oath they took to the Constitution. GET THE SCRIPT

Call your representative in the House and tell them to vote yes on articles of impeachment

If you have a Democratic representative, say thank you. If you have a Republican, remind them that the facts are indisputable and that they have a duty to uphold the oath they took to the Constitution. GET THE SCRIPT

TELL YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT A FAIR AND OPEN TRIAL

If you have a Democrat, say thank you and keep it up. If you have a Republican, remind them that the American people deserve to hear the facts of the case and that you’re calling on them to support a fair and open trial. GET THE SCRIPT

TELL YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT A FAIR AND OPEN TRIAL

If you have a Democrat, say thank you and keep it up. If you have a Republican, remind them that the American people deserve to hear the facts of the case and that you’re calling on them to support a fair and open trial. GET THE SCRIPT
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5 Things You Can Do On Impeachment Right Now

There are a few things you can do to ramp up the pressure on your MoC to act:

  1. Plan or RSVP to an impeachment eve Nobody is Above the Law event now. On the night before the House votes on articles of impeachment, constituents will take to the streets to tell our representatives in the House to vote yes and tell our senators that we aren’t backing down. Join Indivisible, MoveOn, Stand Up America, and more now by RSVPing or planning your own event here.

  2. Call your representative in the House and tell them to vote yes on articles of impeachment. If you have a Democratic representative, remind them that you have their backs and thank them for all that they’ve done so far. If you have a Republican, remind them that the facts are indisputable and that they have a duty to uphold the oath they took to the Constitution. Here’s a script to help with your calls.

  3. Call your two senators and urge them to publicly support a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate. Again, if you have a Democratic senator, tell them to speak out publicly on the basics of what a fair and open trial looks like. If you have a Republican, remind them that the American people deserve to hear the facts of the case and that you’re calling on them to support a fair and open trial. Here’s a script to help with your calls.

  4. Take control of the narrative, get your member of Congress’ attention, and urge others to get involved by writing a letter to the editor on impeachment. Look, we know letters to the editor aren’t the flashiest tool, but they work. Your member of Congress will see a letter in a hometown newspaper mentioning them or on an issue they’re tracking, and it goes a long way in taking control of the narrative on impeachment. It might also be the difference between your neighbor deciding to pick up the phone and call their representative or senators or not. Submit one right now using our tool here. 

  5. Plan or find an event or town hall near you on your home turf at www.impeachnow.org. Partners like Indivisible, MoveOn, Stand Up America, Public Citizen, SEIU, By The People and more are coming together to ensure that every member of Congress hears loud and clear from their constituents over each and every congressional recess that they're paying attention and to hold Trump accountable, we must impeach now. We’ve got a toolkit to help plan a simple district office visit here.

Congress 101: How does the impeachment process work?

Only two presidents have been impeached in the history of the United States: Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998. (Richard Nixon resigned before the full House of Representatives could vote on impeaching him.) So it’s understandable that there’s a lot of confusion about how the process of impeaching a president works! We’re here to try to clear that up so you understand when you have the best opportunity to make a difference by taking action.

In the House

The House is responsible for laying out the charges—the constitution calls these “high crimes and misdemeanors”—against Trump that will form the basis of the impeachment articles. Once the House votes on those articles, those charges will become the subject of the impeachment trial, which takes place in the Senate.  

The House has already made its first move toward impeachment: launching a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump. This was an important step because being in an impeachment stance gives House committees a stronger case for getting the courts to move quickly to rule in their favor in some of the cases where Trump has been stonewalling their investigations for months, like refusing to turn his tax returns over to the Ways and Means Committee.

The next step is for the Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment, which they are hoping to do by Thanksgiving. Each article is essentially a charge of a “high crime or misdemeanor” for which Trump should be impeached. Aside from the Ukraine scandal, these articles could include things like Trump’s obstruction of justice and of Congress, his acceptance of emoluments from foreign governments, his human rights abuses at the border, his offer or pardons to members of his campaign and administration who committed crimes, and more.

Once the articles of impeachment are drafted, the House can vote to send each article to the Senate after debate with a simple majority. There is no upper or lower limit on the number of articles of impeachment they have to vote on, but there should be enough that they can paint a compelling picture of Trump’s astounding abuses of power and corruption since taking office.

Finally, once they have voted to impeach Trump for one or more articles, the House will appoint managers to essentially serve as prosecutors for the trial in the Senate. During the Clinton impeachment, every House manager was a Republican sitting on the Judiciary Committee (including now-Senator Lindsey Graham). This time around, Democrats should make sure that they select House managers who can present a compelling case against Trump based on the evidence they assemble in support of their articles of impeachment.

In the Senate

Once the House has laid out the charges against Trump, the Senate is responsible for being the court where he will be tried on those charges. Mitch McConnell has already said that he will have to hold a trial if the House votes to impeach Trump, but that is hardly the end of the fight.

There are plenty of ways that McConnell could try to protect Trump (and vulnerable Republican senators who don’t want to take hard votes) by preventing a fair and open trial in the Senate. For example, a simple majority of senators could vote to exclude incriminating evidence against Trump from the proceedings, or they could vote to demand testimony from unrelated actors in an effort to muddy the waters (e.g. they could demand that Joe and Hunter Biden come testify about Trump’s nonsense accusations against them). That’s why it’s so important that Senators commit ahead of time to holding a fair and open trial. Here is a great explainer from our friends at Public Citizen about what a fair and open trial looks like in the Senate.

Once the trial is over, the Senate will deliberate in private, then hold a vote on each article of impeachment. Each article requires a two-thirds majority in order to convict Trump. If any one article is approved with a two-thirds majority, Trump would be automatically removed from office and Mike Pence would be sworn in as the new president, per the 25th Amendment. (Pence would also have to pick a new Vice President.) There are no criminal penalties associated with conviction, but if Trump were removed it would also mean that he would be able to be prosecuted by the criminal justice system for his other crimes since he would no longer be protected by the office of the presidency.

 
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Background: What’s the scandal over Ukraine about?

The short version is that Trump was withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine without providing any justification to Congress, at the same time that he was urging the Ukrainian government to launch a sham investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Then, when a whistleblower went to the intelligence community’s Inspector General (IG) with concerns, the administration blocked the IG from going to Congress with the details of the whistleblower’s complaint (which was likely a violation of the law in itself). The Washington Post has a timeline of the scandal that you can read here.

So there are two layers here: the first, which is Trump’s abuse of power in trying to use U.S. government funds to get a foreign country to intervene in our election to his benefit (sound at all familiar?); and the second, which is his obstruction of Congress’s oversight responsibilities to cover up his own wrongdoing (again — sound at all familiar?). 

The difference this time is that MoCs decided this was the last straw, and started publicly coming out in support of impeachment—but in order to guarantee that the investigation is robust and appropriately conducted, you still need to make your voice heard.

 

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