|richard, I was on MSNBC earlier this week talking about impeachment, and I want to take a minute to talk about it with you now.|
Impeachment in and of itself will not rid us of Trump. Impeachment is just the first step towards removing a president from office—it’s a vote in the House that leads to a trial in the Senate. And let’s not kid ourselves here: Mitch McConnell’s majority isn’t going to convict Trump of a crime or remove him from office.
But impeachment is still an important tool and Democrats shouldn’t be afraid to use it. It’s a long process, and one that empowers Congress to gather evidence of crimes and other wrongdoing beyond what’s available to them through normal methods of oversight.
It’s time to begin impeachment proceedings. It’s time to dig up every damning piece of evidence we can find and put out there for the American people to see. And, if it comes to it, force Senate Republicans to defend Trump and his criminal behavior in a trial.
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Investigating every piece of wrongdoing by this administration could be a 24-7 operation by Congress up until the 2020 election—and that is a fine!
A lot of people on the left are worried that impeachment would do more to fire up Trump’s base than anything else. Too late. Trump’s red-hatted racists are already amped up to 100. Impeachment isn’t going to fire them up any more than they already are, but it will show Democrats nationwide that the majority they elected to Congress is going to fight like hell for them.
The Mueller report was just the beginning. We can leave no stone unturned. Russian contacts, obstruction of justice, shady business dealings, emolument clause violations—all Trump’s dirty laundry needs to be aired publicly, just like Nixon’s during the Watergate impeachment hearings. And we need progressive voices backing up Democrats in Congress while they do. Please chip in $5 a month to support our work.
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Tue 25 June 2019 2:26 AM