At the time of this publication, there are 116 House Democrats (plus one independent – Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan) calling for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
CNN reports that since Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill, at least 21 House Democrats have come out publicly in support of an impeachment inquiry. There are currently six committees investigating the sitting president for wrongdoing.
Supporters of an impeachment inquiry include:
I joined @wolfblitzer to discuss how @HouseJudiciary will hold this President and his administration accountable. Judge Mehta’s decision was important – but we still have to do our jobs and uphold the Constitution. For me, that means pursuing an impeachment inquiry. pic.twitter.com/jRzHyniapV
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) May 21, 2019
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fl) told John Tapper, “I believe it’s pretty clear that the President made numerous attempts to obstruct justice or obstructed justice. And so I believe, based on that information, as I did a month ago, that we have enough to begin those proceedings.”
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and colleagues, introduced five Articles of Impeachment against Trump back in 2017. See the articles here and a summary here.
“The time has come to make clear to the American people and to this President that his train of injuries to our Constitution must be brought to an end through impeachment,” Cohen said at the time. “I believe there is evidence that he attempted to obstruct an investigation into Russia’s interference with the U.S. presidential election and links between between Russia and the Trump campaign, most notably the firing of FBI Director James Comey. The president’s blatant refusal to separate himself from his businesses has led to clear instances of conflict of interest that appear to violate both the domestic and foreign emoluments clauses. And his attacks on ‘so-called’ judges and ‘fake news’ have undermined public confidence in the judiciary and the press. It’s time for Congress to take action to stop this reckless and harmful behavior by removing Mr. Trump from office and to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.”
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL-) said, “Congress has the power of impeachment when behavior by the President puts the nation and our laws at risk and I think we are at that point, despite the ongoing, important investigations. Congress needs to step in when there is evidence that the President is interfering with the judicial branch, obstructing or disrupting investigations, or if the President is profiting improperly from his office. This is the start of a long process and it needs to get started now because as a Member of Congress and as a member of the Judiciary Committee, it is my job.”
Rep. Al Green (D-TX) made it clear, “This brings us another step closer to impeachment.”
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D- NY) said, “Donald Trump is a threat to our national security and to our justice, and once and for all, we are taking a stand to formally call for his impeachment in the name of our constituents, in support of our Constitution, and for the protection of our Democracy. Trump is dangerous and nearly every month that he has served in office, Americans have witnessed some violation of our values, civil liberties, and access to opportunities that represent who we are at home and to our allies around the world. Mr. Trump is failing and has turned back the clock on the more than 50 years of progress our country has made in civil rights and equality. He has obstructed justice, violated the Constitution, and undermined the independence of our judicial system and the freedom of the press. The evidence is there, and the course of action is clear. It’s time to impeach Trump now.”
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) echoed, “The time has come for the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Trump. Endorsing such a course is not easy, and I do not do so lightly, but I believe that the President has left Congress no other option but to pursue it.”
The impeachment inquiry being proposed by the 116 Democrats and 1 Independent is the first step in a potentially lengthy and arduous task that ultimately may or may not prove fruitful for Democrats as they enter the last year leading up to the 2020 Election. But if they do make the effort, will it be enough to bring about lasting change in our country’s shrinking democracy?
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Trump’s Economic Advisers Baffled Over How to Hold Off Recession His Trade War Set in Motion
According to a report from ABC, Donald Trump’s economic advisers are baffled about how to stop what appears to be a recession coming before the 2020 election after his trade war upset an already teetering worldwide economy.
With the report noting that Trump had hoped to run on a strong economy as part of his 2020 re-election strategy, warnings from economists that a recession may arrive before then has White House officials in a panic.
“The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That’s on top of concerns over Trump’s plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are shrinking,” the report states, adding, “Trump advisers fear a weakened economy would hurt him with moderate Republican and independent voters who have been willing to give him a pass on some his incendiary policies and rhetoric.”
Bedeviling the president’s advisors is a lack of ideas about how to halt the slide into a re-election-killing economy.
“White House economic advisers see few options for reversing course should the economy start to slip,” te report stares before saying the president, for the money, is looking to spread blame elsewhere.
“Trump has taken to blaming others for the recession fears, mostly the Federal Reserve, which he is pushing for further interest rate cuts. Yet much of the uncertainty in the markets stems from his own escalation of a trade war with China, as well as weakened economies in key countries around the world,” ABC reports. “Aides acknowledge it is unclear what steps the White House could take to stop a downturn. Trump’s 2017 tax cut proved so politically unpopular that many Republicans ran away from it during last year’s midterms. And a new stimulus spending program could spark intraparty fighting over big deficits.”
Trump attempted to lower expectations about his performance during a MAGArally in New Hampshire this week, telling his fans, “”You have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes. Whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.”
You can read more here.
‘You Caused This’: Trump Destroyed for Attacking Democrats Hours Before Heading to El Paso, Dayton to Create ‘Unity’
President Donald Trump is being vilified for lashing out at Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and framing the Dayton, Ohio mass shooter as a Democrat, just hours before he will travel to El Paso – O’Rourke’s hometown – and Dayton.
Trump largely ignored this past weekend’s two mass shootings, at least one of which was domestic terrorism, as he golfed at his Bedminster, New Jersey club. He made remarks to the American people Monday morning, however, promising to unify a grieving nation.
The President told all of America “we must honor the sacred memory of those we have lost by acting as one people. Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided.”
“Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside, so destructive, and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.”
“We must seek real bipartisan solutions, we have to do that in a bipartisan manner, that will truly make America safer and better for all.”
“Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”
Apparently, those words were spoken by the president but not meant to be taken literally.
Just before the stroke of midnight, late Tuesday night, the President broke his promise of unity, bipartisanship, love, honor, and devotion.
“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” Trump tweeted.
The President likely was lashing out at O’Rourke, who served as El Paso’s U.S. Congressman and came extremely close to defeating Republican Senator Ted Cruz last year. O’Rourke called Trump a racist and blamed him for contributing to the white nationalism and white supremacism that’s fueling much of the domestic terror across America.
And Trump tried to paint the Dayton, Ohio murderer as a Democrat, in a Wednesday morning tweet:
“Meanwhile, the Dayton, Ohio, shooter had a history of supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA.” @OANN I hope other news outlets will report this as opposed to Fake News. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
Many are furious, especially since many people in El Paso and Dayton urged him to not show up today, as he is seen as the catalyst – or worse – for these massacres.
Good to see you keeping to that anti-hate pledge you made *checks notes* Monday.
— Victoria Brownworth 🏳️🌈 (@VABVOX) August 7, 2019
The El Palso white supremacist terrorist quoted you 8 times in his manifesto for his reason for slaughtering 22 people.
You caused this directly.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 7, 2019
And this, folks, is the president's mindset just hours before he visits the families and first responders in Dayton and El Paso. https://t.co/JSKIqgGqW1
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) August 7, 2019
2 days ago you were speaking about unity now you are rubbishing Beto O’Rouke while you should be supporting him as he works hard to help his shocked and grieving community WTF is WRONG with you seriously you are not fit to remain potus RESIGN
— BABY-CATCHER 👶🏻👶🏽 🍑🤡👽👈🏻🌊 (@delsuite) August 7, 2019
He's actually polling at 3% among the Democrats but still beating you by 6.6%.
I predict that you're not going to talk about those polls, Talkie Boy.https://t.co/WO0KjtQ8PO
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 7, 2019
And tomorrow, you're going to El Paso for photo ops and fake condolences.
It's my hope that everyone you meet gives you an earful of what they really think of you, in the same way you give all of us an eyefull of what you really think on Twitter.
— Asᴛᴀʀᴛɪᴇʟ©®™✪ (@Astartiel) August 7, 2019
This one tweet, however, may reveal Trump’s real motivation:
— Policy Wonk for Beto (@wonk4beto) August 7, 2019
Don Lemon Squeezed By Donald Trump In New Attack
Donald Trump squeezed news anchor Don Lemon to shreds on Tuesday night following the Democratic presidential debate. After referring to Lemon as “the dumbest man on television,” Trump took aim at the mainstream news in general.
Here’s how it went down:
“CNN’s Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television, insinuated last night while asking a debate ‘question’ that I was a racist, when in fact I am ‘the least racist person in the world.’ Perhaps someone should explain to Don that he is supposed to be neutral, unbiased & fair or is he too dumb (stupid} to understand that,” Trump tweeted.
“No wonder CNN’s ratings (MSNBC’s also) have gone down the tubes – and will stay there until they bring credibility back to the newsroom,” he added. “Don’t hold your breath!”
Typical Trump. Always one for the slander. Classy McClassypants.
….or is he too dumb (stupid} to understand that. No wonder CNN’s ratings (MSNBC’s also) have gone down the tubes – and will stay there until they bring credibility back to the newsroom. Don’t hold your breath!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2019
GLAAD issued a statement about the 119th time Trump has attacked LGBTQ Americans since taking office.
“Don Lemon has built a career out of pursuing and sharing the truth at all costs,” the statement read. “Not only is he an esteemed journalist, but he’s a true pioneer for the LGBTQ community.”
Don Lemon has built a career out of pursuing and sharing the truth at all costs. Not only is he an esteemed journalist, but he’s a true pioneer for the LGBTQ community. @realDonaldTrump‘s continued attacks on the intelligence of prominent Black Americans are abhorrent and telling https://t.co/4sXgyQxAsW
— GLAAD (@glaad) July 31, 2019
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