Sending Office: Honorable Rashida Tlaib
Cosponsor H. Res. 257 to Begin the Investigation of Impeachable Actions by President Trump
The evidence is clear that it is now time for Congress to fulfil its Constitutional duty and begin a formal inquiry into impeachable actions by President Trump. We strongly encourage you to cosponsor
H. Res. 257 to defend our democracy. Please email Dominique Warren at
Dominique.Warren@mail.house.gov to join.
Cosponsors: Tlaib, Green (TX), Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley
“With respect to whether the president can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has authority
to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice…The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction
laws to the President ‘s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional
system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.”
–Mueller Report, Vol. 2, page 8
“Even in its incomplete form, the Mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct. The
report concluded there was ‘substantial evidence’ that President Trump attempted to prevent an investigation into his campaign and his own conduct…The
responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the President accountable for his actions.”
–Judiciary Chairman Nadler, April 18, 2019
The actions of President Trump before he was officially sworn in as President of United States is currently being investigated by the Southern District of New York and much
of it is part of the completed report by independent investigator, Robert Mueller.
However, the most dangerous threat to our democracy is President Trump’s actions since taking the oath of office. The fact that President Trump has yet to comply with various
clauses of our U.S. Constitution sets a dangerous precedent. Much of the allegations have yet to be fully investigated by this body who also took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. It is critical that we protect the American people and our country
from any conflicts of interests that directly erodes our democracy.
The Resolution directs the House Committee on Judiciary to inquire whether President Trump committed impeachable offenses. Congress can provide an open and transparent process
with the sole goal of ensuring we know the truth and make sure it does not continue, nor happen again.
I, firmly, believe that the House Committee on Judiciary should seek out whether President Trump has committed “High crimes and Misdemeanors” as designated by the U.S. Constitution
and if the facts support those findings, that Congress begin impeachment proceedings. We think the House Committee on Judiciary should inquire about the following and decide:
Whether the actions of President Trump and his businesses violate the Foreign Emoluments Clause. Through President Trump’s businesses in the United States and abroad, the president has received payments,
regulatory approval, and other forms of direct and indirect financial benefits from foreign governments.
Whether President Trump committed crimes to defraud the United States by directing Michael Cohen to make illegal payments to interfere and affect the 2016 Presidential election, which has eroded
faith in elections and perpetuated political corruption.
Whether the Special Counsel’s evidence on obstruction of justice pertaining to the President’s actions and intents violates federal law.
We all swore to protect our nation, and that begins with making sure that no one, including the President of the United States, is acting above the law. I urge your support
in recommending that the House Committee on Judiciary begin an official impeachment inquiry to answer these questions that are fundamental to the rule of law and the preservation of our democracy.
Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary shall inquire whether the House should impeach Donald John Trump, President
of the United States of America.
SEC. 2. The Committee on the Judiciary or any subcommittee or task force designated by the Committee may, in connection
with the inquiry under this resolution, take affidavits and depositions by a member, counsel, or consultant of the Committee, pursuant to notice or subpoena.
SEC. 3. There shall be paid out of the applicable accounts of the House such sums as may be necessary to assist the
Committee on the Judiciary in conducting the inquiry under this resolution, any of which may be used for the procurement of staff or consultant services.
To sign on as a co-sponsor please contact Dominique Warren – Dominique.Warren@mail.house.gov
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