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Dems' Insatiable, Irresistible Itch For Impeachment

- September 12, 2018

 

Even Before He Took Office, Democrats Have Had One Goal: Impeach President Trump-And Plan To Do So If They Retake The House


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • If Democrats take back the House of Representatives in November, a-Speaker Nancy Pelosi will "have no choice but to initiate impeachment proceedings" at the behest of her ultra-liberal constituency.
  • If given control of Congress, Democrats have strongly hinted they will use their new power to thwart the President's legislative agenda and mire his administration in a subpoena-filled quagmire.
  • Since he took office (and even before), Democrats have obsessed over the prospect of removing President Donald Trump from office.
    • This month, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Elizabeth Warren have discussed how President Trump could be removed from office.
    • Since President Trump took office, House Democrats have put forth articles of impeachment twice against him.
    • Fifty-eight Democrats voted in favor of moving forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
      • They included ranking members and party leaders Reps. James Clyburn, Keith Ellison, and Raul Grijalva.
    • Rep. Maxine Waters has been calling for impeachment since before President Trump took office and has been on an almost-maniacal quest to achieve this goal ever since January 20, 2017, mentioning impeachment at least 41 times on her Twitter account.
    • Progressive candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley campaigned on their support for President Trump's impeachment.
    • Billionaire Tom Steyer has spent millions on an impeachment campaign against the President and has pressured congressional Democrats to fall in line on the matter.

IF DEMOCRATS WIN THE HOUSE, THEY WILL TIE UP PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA AND INITIATE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT

If Nancy Pelosi Is Made Speaker Again, Democrats Will Likely Impeach President Trump And Grind To A Halt The President's Legislative Agenda

If Democrats Win Control Of The House On November 6, "The Clamor For Impeachment Would Grow Substantially." "That's a sensible-enough electoral strategy, and for the moment, the increasing support for impeachment among progressive activists and candidates has not reached a groundswell. But that could all change by the morning of November 7, if rank-and-file Democrats wake up to discover their party is suddenly vested with the power to confront a president they've decried as a threat to the constitutional order. The clamor for impeachment would grow substantially." (Russell Berman, "The Democrat Who Could Lead Trump's Impeachment Isn't Sure It's Warranted," The Atlantic , 9/11/18)

Democrats Know They Can't Talk About Impeachment Publicly, But "The Temptation Will Be Completely Overpowering" If They Take The House. "Democrats tell us two things: They know they can't publicly say they'll impeach Trump, but most acknowledge that the temptation will be completely overpowering if they take control of the House." (Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and Daniel Lippman, "Inside Washington's Money Machine," Politico Playbook , 9/7/18)

"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Will Have No Choice But To Initiate Impeachment Proceedings Should She Succeed In Seizing The Speaker's Gavel." "In the House, the prevailing concern among Republican lawmakers is that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will have no choice but to initiate impeachment proceedings should she succeed in seizing the speaker's gavel." (Jim Acosta and Elizabeth Landers, "Republicans Fear Potential Impeachment Move If Democrats Win In 2018," CNN , 4/11/18)

  • Seventy-Five Percent Of Democrats Polled In A Recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll Said Congress Should Begin Impeachment Hearings. "While 75 percent of Democrats say Congress should begin impeachment hearings, 82 percent of Republicans say lawmakers should not." (Philip Rucker and Scott Clement, "Poll: 60 Percent Disapprove Of Trump, While Clear Majorities Back Mueller And Sessions," The Washington Post , 8/31/18)
  • Democratic Voters And Activist Groups Are "Raising Pressure" On The Party "To Aggressively Investigate The Trump Administration." "Any scenario for Democrats winning the House depends on a wave of voter enthusiasm that's largely a backlash to the Trump presidency. Many of those voters and allied activist groups are already raising pressure on the party to pursue a more far-reaching agenda -- such as Medicare-for-all legislation, liberalizing immigration laws and tackling climate change -- and to aggressively investigate the Trump administration." (Sahil Kapur and Billy House, "Trump Scrutiny Would Intensify If Democrats Win House Majority," Bloomberg , 9/10/18)

"Nearly Three Out Of Four Voters Expect That Democrats Will Move To Impeach Trump If They Take Back The House This Fall." "And, regardless of their own opinion on the matter, nearly three out of four voters expect that Democrats will move to impeach Trump if they take back the House this fall." (Steve Kornacki, "Shhhh! Dem Leaders Don't Want To Say 'Impeach.' Bill Clinton's Case Explains Why." NBC News , 9/10/18)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Has Hinted That Democrats Plan To Impose Gridlock If They Take Control Of The House. CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: "And there are many people who wonder whether Democratic-led committees in the House will start a whole series of investigations and accountability on this president, on this administration." NANCY PELOSI: "Well, in both cases in terms of what we would affirmatively do in terms of legislation, we have established our 'For The People.' Lower health care costs, bigger paychecks, cleaner government. And I'm asking with no presumptions, not measuring for drapes. I don't see too many drapes around here anyway, but just to be ready. We have a responsibility to be ready so I've tasked the soon-to-be chairmen, our top Democrats on these committees, to work with their committees to establish priorities for us to consider as our consensus priorities to go forward, but in the same vein with the oversight. This cannot be scattershot. We're doing this in a very serious, responsible way. To say, we want it, we want to seek the truth. The truth about intervention in our elections which undermines the sacred right of people to vote under oversight, over the air our children breathe and this or that the list goes on, but it has to be prioritized and not scattershot, but direct shot to get the job done. It's all about seeking the truth where that takes us with the President and his performance remains to be seen." (CNN's "Amanpour," 9/10/18)

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Democrats In Congress Have Pushed For President Trump's Impeachment For Over A Year

In July 2017, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) Introduced An Article Of Impeachment After President Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey. "Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) introduced an article of impeachment in July alleging that Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey as FBI director amid the investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election." (Cristina Marcos, "The Nearly 60 Dems Who Voted For Impeachment," The Hill , 12/6/17)

In December 2017, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) Put Forth A Resolution For Impeachment With Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), And John Yarmuth (D-KY). "Reps. Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) and John Yarmuth (Ky.) introduced those articles of impeachment with Green. All but Gutiérrez, who did not vote, and Yarmuth, who voted to table the resolution, supported Green's efforts." (Cristina Marcos, "The Nearly 60 Dems Who Voted For Impeachment," The Hill , 12/6/17)

58 House Democrats Supported Green's Impeachment Resolution And Voted To Launch Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump. "An unexpectedly high number of Democrats voted in favor of an effort to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump on Wednesday, revealing the growing agitation among liberals to remove him from office. The House voted overwhelmingly 364-58 to table a resolution from Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) laying out articles of impeachment against Trump, with four Democrats voting 'present.'" (Cristina Marcos, "The Nearly 60 Dems Who Voted For Impeachment," The Hill , 12/6/17)

  • Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) Voted To Launch Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump. (H.R. 646, Roll Call Vote #658 : Motion Failed 364-58: R 238-0, D 126-58, Pascrell Voted Nay)

  • Pascrell Is Ranking Member On The House Ways And Means Subcommittee On Trade. "Today, the House Ways and Means Committee named U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Trade." (Press Release, "Rep. Pascrell Named Ranking Member Of Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee," Rep. Bill Pascrell , 1/12/17)
  • Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Voted To Launch Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump. (H.R. 646, Roll Call Vote #658 : Motion Failed 364-58: R 238-0, D 126-58, Pallone Voted Nay)

  • Pallone Is Ranking Member On The House Committee On Energy And Commerce. (Press Release, "Pelosi Announces Ranking Members For 115th Congress," Rep. Nancy Pelosi , 1/11/17)

  • Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) Voted To Launch Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump. (H.R. 646, Roll Call Vote #658 : Motion Failed 364-58: R 238-0, D 126-58, Thompson Voted Nay)

  • Thompson Is Ranking Member On The House Committee On Homeland Security. (Press Release, "Pelosi Announces Ranking Members For 115th Congress," Rep. Nancy Pelosi , 1/11/17)

"Liberal" Democrats Including Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Keith Ellison (D-MN) Voted In Favor Of Impeachment Proceedings. "Liberal Democrats like Reps. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Jamie Raskin (Md.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), and Keith Ellison (Minn.) were among the lawmakers who voted against tabling Green's resolution." (Cristina Marcos, "The Nearly 60 Dems Who Voted For Impeachment," The Hill , 12/6/17)

  • Grijalva Is Ranking Member On The House Committee On Natural Resources. (Press Release, "Pelosi Announces Ranking Members for 115th Congress," Rep. Nancy Pelosi , 1/11/17)

Assistant House Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-SC) Voted To Launch Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump. "CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) voted against tabling Green's resolution. So did Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who as assistant House minority leader was the only member of Democratic leadership to vote with Green." (Cristina Marcos, "The Nearly 60 Dems Who Voted For Impeachment," The Hill , 12/6/17)

Democrat Congressional Candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Said "I Would Support Impeachment" Of President Trump. "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday that she would support impeachment for President Trump if she wins in November. 'I would support impeachment,' the first-time candidate and former Bernie Sanders campaign organizer said. 'I think that, you know, we have the grounds to do it.'" (Avery Anapol, "Ocasio-Cortez: I Would Support Trump Impeachment," The Hill , 6/27/18)

Democrat Congressional Candidate Ayanna Pressley Said She Would Vote For Trump's Impeachment. "Of Trump's impeachment, Pressley said: 'I'd cast that vote, but a vote is not enough. As leaders we have to ask ourselves as we navigate this new and dangerous terrain together -- how do we resist and progress at the same time?'" (Chris Cillizza, "Ayanna Pressley's Win Shows Just Being Liberal Isn't Enough In Today's Democratic Party," CNN , 9/5/18)

Over The Last Few Weeks, Democrats From Across The Spectrum Including Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Al Green, And Filemon Vela Have Ramped Up Calls For Impeachment Or Removal From Office

On September 3, When Asked When Trump Would Be Impeached, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Said "The Sooner The Better." SPECTATOR: "When are you going to impeach Trump?" SCHUMER: "The sooner the better." SPECTATOR: "The sooner the better? That's not answering the question." SEN. MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "We got to get a few Republicans. The Democrats are on your side." (Senator Chuck Schumer, Remarks At West Indian Day Parade , Brooklyn, NY, 9/3/18)

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Said "If Senior Administration Officials Think The President Of The United States Is Not Able To Do His Job, Then They Should Invoke The 25th Amendment." "Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, seizing on an explosive op-ed from an anonymous administration official, said Thursday that it's time to use constitutional powers to remove President Donald Trump office if top officials don't think he can do the job. 'If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment,' Warren told CNN. 'The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the Vice President and senior officials think the President can't do his job. It does not provide that senior officials go around the President -- take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds ... Everyone of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It's time for them to do their job.'" (Manu Raju, "Elizabeth Warren: Time To Use 25th Amendment To Remove Trump From Office," CNN , 9/6/18)

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Rep. Al Green (D-TX) Claimed "The November Election Will Be About Impeachment." (Rep. Al Green, Twitter Feed , 8/23/18)

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) Said "We Must Impeach Crooked Donnie." (Rep. Filemon Vela, Twitter Feed , 8/21/18)

Vela Said "Impeach Crazy Donnie Now!" (Rep. Filemon Vela, Twitter Feed , 8/28/18)

  • Vela Voted To Launch Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump. (H.R. 646, Roll Call Vote #658 : Motion Failed 364-58: R 238-0, D 126-58, Vela Voted Nay)

Rep. Maxine Waters Called For Trump's Impeachment Even Before His Presidency Began

Even Before His Presidency Began, Waters Was Saying Trump Was Headed For Impeachment. "She has been saying she thinks Trump is headed for impeachment since even before he was sworn in. At an anti-Trump tax march in April, she said she'll 'fight every day until he is impeached.'" (Sarah D. Wire, "How Maxine Waters Became 'Auntie Maxine' In The Age Of Trump," The Los Angeles Times , 7/20/17)

Waters Has Called For President Trump's Impeachment Via Twitter At Least 41 Times In 2017 And 2018. (Rep. Maxine Waters, Twitter Feed , Accessed 9/10/18)

In February 2018, Waters' Told The Attendees At The California Democratic Party Convention To "Get Ready For Impeachment." "Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has been a leading opponent of President Trump on Capitol Hill, told thousands of Democratic activists and officials to 'get ready for impeachment.' Speaking at the California Democratic Party's annual convention in San Diego, Waters said that she believes special counsel Robert Mueller, who's been at the helm of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, is 'getter closer' to figuring out who colluded with Russia." (Lisa Hagen, "Maxine Waters: Time 'To Get Ready For Impeachment,'" The Hill , 2/24/18)

In June 2018, Waters Said Trump "Will Never Be Presidential. This Man Does Not Have Any Good Values. I Believe He Needs To Be Impeached." DAVID GURA: "We saw Sarah Huckabee Sanders turned away from a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, yesterday because of her affiliation with the president. Let me ask you lastly here about policy. You're on House Financial Services, you keep track of policies put in place by the White House. Let me broaden that. Talking with my colleague Cal Perry at the border in Torrino, Texas, at one of these tent facilities, he says it's becoming clear there is plan. How emblematic is that of the way this administration is approaching policy generally?" REP. WATERS: "This president wakes up in the morning and tweets policy. He does not work with his experts, he does not work with his personnel. … I said this man needs to be impeached. I know a lot of people think we're not ready to say that. Some people have said a long time ago he would become presidential. He will never be presidential. This man does not have any good values. I believe he needs to be impeached. As a matter of fact, a long time before he's doing what he's doing now with these children. I think he had done enough to undermine this country and to have us understand we cannot trust him, that we should have come with an impeachment resolution. So, I believe we cannot wait until the next presidential election. We have got to resist him. I want to see him impeached." (" MSNBC Live ," 6/23/18)

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This Past Saturday, Waters Said "You Knock One Down And Then We'll Be Ready For Pence. We'll Get Him Too," Insinuating That After Impeaching Trump, The Democrats Plan To Impeach Vice President Pence. WATERS: "Remember there are those who said that we lacked civility when I got up and talked about the President's cabinet and I said if you see them anywhere, if you see them at a restaurant, if you see them in a department store, even at a gasoline station, just tell them 'you're not welcome here or anywhere!' And so it frightened a lot of people. And of course the lying President said that I had threatened all of his constituents. I did not threaten his constituents, his supporters. I do that all the time, but I didn't do it that time. They say 'Maxine, please don't say impeachment anymore.' And when they say that I say, 'impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment.' I had a conversation here today when someone asked, 'but what about Pence? If you were able to impeach, Pence will be worse.' And I said 'look, one at a time.' You knock one down, one at a time. You knock one down and then we'll be ready for Pence. We'll get him too." (Rep. Maxine Waters, Remarks at Stonewall Young Democrats, Los Angeles, CA, 9/8/18)

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LIBERAL BILLIONAIRE TOM STEYER HAS INVESTED MILLIONS ON A CRUSADE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP

Tom Steyer Has Spent Millions On An Impeachment Campaign Against President Trump And Pressured Congressional Democrats To Get On Board

In October 2017, Tom Steyer Demanded That Lawmakers And Candidates Support Removing President Trump From Office. "One of the Democratic Party's most prominent financial backers is demanding that lawmakers and candidates on the left support removing President Trump from office, putting pressure on Democrats to make Mr. Trump's ouster a defining issue in the 2018 midterm elections. Tom Steyer, a billionaire California investor who spent more than $91 million supporting Democrats in the 2016 elections, issued the demand to his party in a letter on Wednesday. In his message, Mr. Steyer called Mr. Trump a 'clear and present danger to the republic' and urged Democrats to pledge that they would seek to remove him from office if they take control of Congress next year." (Alexander Burns, "Pledge To Impeach Trump, A Key Donor Demands Of Democrats," The New York Times , 10/11/17)

On October 20, 2017, Steyer Launched His Need To Impeach Ad Campaign And Website Advocating For The Impeachment Of President Donald Trump. "Political mega-donor Tom Steyer is funding an eight-figure TV ad campaign to "demand that elected officials take a stand" on impeaching President Trump. 'A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less, and today people in Congress and his own administration know that this president is a clear and present danger,' Steyer says in the ad, which directs viewers to a new NeedToImpeach website." (David Weigel, "Megadonor Tom Steyer Launches TV Ad Campaign For Trump Impeachment," The Washington Post , 10/20/17)

In January 2018, Steyer Announced He Was Doubling His $20 Million Investment Into His Need To Impeach Campaign. "Steyer said he is also 'doubling' his push for President Donald Trump's impeachment, which he has already backed with a $20 million national advertising campaign. That campaign, called 'Need to Impeach,' has helped Steyer build a massive email list." (Eric Bradner, "Tom Steyer Not Running For Office; Pledges $30 Million To Help Democrats In House," CNN , 1/8/18)

In One Of His Need To Impeach Ads, Steyer Claims That President Trump Has "Brought Us To The Brink Of Nuclear War," "Obstructed Justice At The FBI," "Violated The Constitution," And "Taken Money From Foreign Governments." STEYER: "He's brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI, and in direct violation of the Constitution, he's taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth. If that isn't a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president, then what has our government become? I'm Tom Steyer and, like you, I'm a citizen who knows it's up to us to do something. It's why I'm funding this effort to raise our voice together and demand that elected officials take a stand on impeachment. A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less. Yet, today, people in Congress and his own administration know this president is a clear and present danger, whose mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons. And they do nothing. Join us, and tell your member of Congress that they have a moral responsibility to stop doing what's political and start doing what's right. Our country depends on it." (Tom Steyer, "Join Us," YouTube, 10/19/17)

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Steyer Has Taken His Need To Impeach Message On The Road Through A 30-Stop National Tour To Pressure Congress Into Seeking Impeachment. "Now, through his 30-stop national tour, Steyer wants to generate public pressure to get Congress to join him, starting with key Democrats near his home." (Joe Garofoli, "Tom Steyer Wants Trump Impeached, And He's Mad That Many Democrats Don't," The San Francisco Chronicle , 4/9/18)

Steyer Has Equated Democratic Leaders Who Are Not Focused On Impeachment With People Who Opposed The Civil Rights Movement. "Steyer said the Democratic leaders who don't want to focus on impeachment are like the people who opposed the civil rights movement, saying it wasn't the right time. 'In every important issue in American history there have been people who felt that it as the wrong time to bring up the truth. However true, however important, it was inconvenient, awkward and should wait,' he said." (Anthony Man, "Billionaire's Florida Tour Focuses On Mobilizing Voters, Impeachment," Sun-Sentinel, 5/6/18)


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