“Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.”
Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
No One is Above the Law. Donald Trump Must Be Held Accountable for His Corrupt Abuse of His Authority. Congress Should Begin Impeachment Proceedings. Now.
The Mueller Report makes it abundantly clear that Donald Trump repeatedly attempted to derail the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 Presidential election. It is the Constitutional duty of Congress to hold him accountable for this abuse of office.
At the same time, it is also clear that there is a great deal of hesitation among Congressional Democrats to pursue impeachment. That would be a historic mistake.
Some claim that the next Presidential elections will mark the appropriate time to hold Trump accountable.
“There is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment.” ~ Rep. Steny Hoyer, 2nd Ranking House democrat.
The Constitution does not prescribe elections as the response to treason, high crimes, and misdemeanors. The Constitution calls for impeachment as a remedy for such abuses of power.
Others in the Democratic caucus have said any talk of impeachment must wait until more information has been collected. But there is already abundant evidence in the still-redacted Mueller Report to begin impeachment proceedings. The time is now to begin impeachment hearings. Any further delay will only result in a lost opportunity.
“If we don’t step up and do our job, if we engage in some sort of analysis and debate and refuse to say the word, ‘impeachment,’ we will engage in what Dr. King called the paralysis of analysis. We will do this until such time someone will say it’s too late to get into impeachment, it will appear to be political, and as a result we will then decide that this must be taken to the polls on election day. Which means that we will have allowed the president to be above the law.” Rep. Al Green (D-TX)
And still others say Congress should not start down the path to impeachment because the Republican dominated Senate will never vote to convict. The act of impeachment itself, with or without a Senate conviction, is a powerful tool to hold an abusive president accountable and to make clear that no one — and especially not the president — is above the law.
“Even if we did not win … I think history would smile upon us for standing up for the Constitution.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, Chair, House Oversight Committee