Tlaib drums up support for resolution investigating Trump’s ‘impeachable actions’

Rashida Tlaib (left) and Donald Trump (right)

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) on Monday circulated a letter to members of the U.S. House asking them to support her resolution to “Begin the Investigation of Impeachable Actions by President Trump Post-Inauguration.”

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Tlaib’s “Dear Colleague” letter came one day after U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Democratic leaders have been pushing for the release of the full report.

Tlaib vowed earlier this month to introduce a resolution. Her spokesman, Denzel McCampbell, told the Advance that the congresswoman likely will introduce later this week a measure calling on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to investigate potential impeachable offenses.

“The resolution is to investigate, not articles of impeachment,” McCampbell said. “It would provide a transparent process.”

In the letter, Tlaib acknowledged Mueller and the Southern District of New York have investigated Trump for actions before he was in the office.

“However, the most dangerous threat to our democracy is President Trump’s actions since taking the oath of office,” she writes. “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.”

Rashida Tlaib at the Women’s March in Detroit, Jan. 19, 2019 | Ken Coleman

One of Tlaib’s predecessors in the Detroit-based seat, former Dean of the House John Conyers (D-Detroit), had the distinction of serving on committees overseeing the impeachment of two presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

Tlaib has been one of Trump’s most vocal critics and  told supporters after her inauguration, “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” She also co-wrote an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press arguing that impeachment proceedings should begin.

She announced her intention to sponsor a resolution at an event on March 7.

“If we don’t hold impeachment proceedings today, start them today and hold him accountable to following [the] United States Constitution, think about that,” Tlaib said. “This is not going to be the last CEO that runs for president of the United States. This is not going to be the last person who tries to get away with this.”

Here is Tlaib’s complete letter:

Dear Colleague,

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence looking on, delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2019 | Doug Mills, Pool/Getty Images

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.

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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.

Michael Cohen (C), U.S. President Donald Trump’s former attorney, chats with friends | Yana Paskova/Getty Images

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 hearings, take depositions, and issue subpoenas to answer this question that is fundamental to the rule of law and the preservation of our democracy.

Resolution Text: 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.

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Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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