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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Lisa Page Fights Back at Trump’s Years of Attacks: ‘Demeaning Fake Orgasm Was the Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back’
Former FBI counsel Lisa Page is fighting back against President Donald Trump, who has been merciless in his attacks against her, claiming she did something illegal by despising Trump during the 2016 election.
In a Daily Beast interview, Page explained that there was no possible evidence that she did anything illegal because she never did anything illegal.
“Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back,” she said of Trump. The comment was a reference to Trump’s performance faking an orgasm before thousands of fans at a Minneapolis rally in October. “I had stayed quiet for years, hoping it would fade away, but instead, it got worse. It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back.”
“It’s almost impossible to describe” what it’s like, she told The Beast. “It’s like being punched in the gut. My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.”
“But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States. And when the president accuses you of treason by name, despite the fact that I know there’s no fathomable way that I have committed any crime at all, let alone treason, he’s still somebody in a position to actually do something about that. To try to further destroy my life. It never goes away or stops, even when he’s not publicly attacking me,” she continued.
She said that Trump’s millions of Twitter followers hearing his constant attacks for so long had impacted her daily life, as much as she wishes it didn’t.
“I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway – so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning,” she explained. “Like, when somebody makes eye contact with me on the Metro, I kind of wince, wondering if it’s because they recognize me, or are they just scanning the train like people do? It’s immediately a question of friend or foe? Or if I’m walking down the street or shopping and there’s somebody wearing Trump gear or a MAGA hat, I’ll walk the other way or try to put some distance between us because I’m not looking for conflict. Really, what I wanted most in this world is my life back.”
She explained that she followed all of the rules, which she should know as a top lawyer.
“And I know I’m nowhere close to that,” she told The Beast. “I don’t engage in any sort of partisan politicking at all. But having an opinion and sharing that opinion publicly or privately with another person is squarely within the permissible bounds of the Hatch Act. It’s in the regs. Yeah, it says it plainly. I’m thinking, I know I’m a federal employee, but I retain my First Amendment rights. So I’m really not all that worried about it.”
The text messages were given to reporters by Sarah Isgur Flores, who allowed them to see and takes all the notes they wanted but wouldn’t allow them to have copies of the text messages. The only ones the Justice Department gave were the ones cherry-picked to appear to be the worst. It was before the IG had made a ruling that she didn’t do anything wrong, but that didn’t matter to Trump’s Justice Department.
She also noted that while her progressing FBI career was ended by Trump’s attacks, what he has done to the FBI is far worse.
“It’s very painful to see to places like the FBI and the Department of Justice that represent so much of what is excellent about this country, not fulfilling the critical obligation that they have to speak truth to power,” she told The Beast. “The thing about the FBI that is so extraordinary is that it is made up of a group of men and women whose every instinct is to run toward the fight. It’s in the fiber of everybody there. It’s the lifeblood. So it’s particularly devastating to be betrayed by an organization I still care about so deeply. And it’s crushing to see the noble Justice Department, my Justice Department, the place I grew up in, feel like it’s abandoned its principles of truth and independence.”
Page wasn’t merely an FBI agent that went through the difficult Quantico training program. She was among very few accepted into an elite Honors Program in the Justice Department in 2006 after she graduated from law school. She was the only woman in her class of just five. She was then brought into a “special-counsel-like” position by the deputy general counsel over national security law.
Trump Blasted as News Spreads He Wants to Visit Putin and Attend the Kremlin’s May Military Parade in Moscow
“This is a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe.”
President Donald Trump has been avoiding the press this week but Friday morning he spent about 25 minutes talking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Trump’s remarks covered a lot of ground, among them were his eyebrow-raising remarks that President Vladimir Putin has invited him to attend Russia’s May Military Victory parade at the Kremlin, and he wants to go.
“President Putin invited me,” Trump told reporters. “It’s a very big deal.”
Pres. Trump says he would consider attending Russia’s May Day parade, but adds “it’s right in the middle of campaign season.”
— ABC News (@ABC) November 8, 2019
Russia is not an ally of the U.S. and in fact has been described as America’s top enemy.
The parade “is a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe,” says CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
Trump says he’s thinking of attending Russia’s May Day parade. This is a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe. Why attend? What benefit does Trump perceive to the US? To himself?
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 8, 2019
Trump’s clear devotion to Putin has been a disturbing hallmark of his presidency. Putin is one of the few leaders President Trump has never criticized, many say, and Trump’s actions have been to Putin’s advantage time and time again. Trump’s pullout of U.S. Forces from Syria and his abandonment of the Kurds is the latest in a long line of pro-Putin actions. His refusal to accept that Russia attacked the U.S. 2016 election that put him in the Oval Office is another that has left America open to even greater foreign influence.
Here’s how people are reacting on social media to Trump’s desire to attend the Kremlin’s military parade with Putin.
POTUS just said he wants to go to the Kremlin’s military parade in May — and hoo-boy, I guess he’s all done pretending that this wasn’t all about debasing himself for Russia. The propaganda is now writing itself.
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) November 8, 2019
So is Trump thinking this is some kind of victory lap for him with Putin? If this doesn’t make us hurry the process of impeaching this guy up, I don’t know what would be https://t.co/nxW6q1De5i
— CAM🍸🍸♥️♥️🌲🌲🌄🌟💫🌜Reunite Refugee Families (@camcath) November 8, 2019
Trump said he would like to go to Russia on Putin’s invitation to attend the May Day celebration.
That’s the celebration for world communism.
Perhaps they’ll have a big military parade, which the president really likes.
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) November 8, 2019
Trump says Putin has invited him to Moscow for the May Victory Day parade. A massive display of Russian military might. The image of Trump on a dais in front of the Kremlin on Red Square watching that with Putin…
— Alexander Marquardt (@MarquardtA) November 8, 2019
Trump considering going to join Putin for Russia’s May Day parade next Spring? Mid-campaign? Beautiful.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 8, 2019
Trump and Putin on top of Lenin’s Tomb watching the May Day parade is gonna keep the meme industry in business for years.
— Just Plain Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) November 8, 2019
‼️Trump just said he’s considering going to #Russia to attend Kremlin May Day parade. This is ridiculous. He’s not an American president. He’s pariah Putin’s rehabilitation lackey. pic.twitter.com/7SpmaYTfzH
— Paula Chertok🗽 (@PaulaChertok) November 8, 2019
is the may day parade where the kremlin shows off its military “might” and weaponry, in its struggle against “the west?”
will mr trump dress as himself?
— The Art Of (@theartofrain) November 8, 2019
Trump Promotes Far Right Student Organization Accused of Racial Bias and Supporting Extremism
As he inches closer and closer to being impeached President Donald Trump is working hard to secure his base. One of the most powerful organizations at the president’s disposal is Turning Point USA, which is closely tied to the Trump campaign through Trump family members. TPUSA has been described as a “far-right group” which was originally funded by billionaire donor to Republican and Evangelical Christian causes, Foster Friess.
(Friess may be best-known to most Americans as the man who suggested the best birth control for women is “Bayer aspirin between their knees.”)
TPUSA was founded and is headed by Charlie Kirk, who a USA Today opinion writer says “seems to have a fraught relationship with facts when they get in the way of his worshipful approach to President Donald Trump.” The group claims to have “a presence on over 1,500 campuses,” and calls itself “the largest and fastest-growing youth organization in America.”
That’s Kirk in the photo above, interviewing President Trump.
Its website currently lists its “advisory council” as “coming soon,” but archived versions show far right wing extremists like former Tea Party Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and powerful lobbyist and Tea Party activist Ginni Thomas (spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas) have served the organization.
Kirk calls Donald Trump, Jr. “a personal friend,” and the president’s eldest son has often toured with Kirk, speaking at TPUSA rallies. Lara Trump, who is married to the president’s other adult son Eric, is also tied to the group, according to New York Magazine’s Jane Mayer. In December of 2017 Mayer wrote an exposé titled, “A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity.”
Of course, TPUSA may forever be known best for its disastrous attempt to launch into the UK. During a seminar aimed at recruiting new members in London, its then-communications director Candace Owens launched a disturbing attempt to promote the failed concept of nationalism. She was subsequently accused of defending Hitler, after delivering these revolting comments:
“Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler,” Owens said, as Buzzfeed reported. “But if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is that he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalise. He wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German. Everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism.”
In a profile of TPUSA the ADL writes: “TPUSA’s leadership and activists have made multiple racist or bigoted comments and have been linked to a variety of extremists.”
There’s more, of course (see links at the end of the article.)
Despite all this, or perhaps because of it, President Trump Wednesday AM offered up these tweets promoting Turning Point USA and its founder, Charlie Kirk:
Young campus Conservatives are flocking to Turning Point USA & other Conservative speaker events all over the Country, AND IN RECORD NUMBERS. Thousands of students are turning out. “I just want to compliment the President of the United States for signing that historic Executive..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019
….Order a couple of months ago saying that any school that does not uphold the First Amendment Rights of its students will lose Federal Funding. We have seen a huge change in how the Universities interact with us as a national & local student organization. Our studends….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019
….feel EMPOWERED. There’s a movement happening on these campuses like I’ve never seen before. When you have 3000 students wanting to get into an event that couldn’t get in, that’s pretty remarkable!” @charliekirk11 Turning Point USA KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019
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