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An open letter to Congress: Impeach Trump

Ben Clements, who introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Trump, came out of the crowd at June 7 rally at Newton City Hall carrying the resolution, which would be read to the crowd.
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Ben Clements, who introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Trump, came out of the crowd at June 7 rally at Newton City Hall carrying the resolution, which would be read to the crowd.

Dear Massachusetts members of the US House of Representatives:

As your supporters and constituents, we ask you to call upon the House Judiciary Committee to launch an impeachment investigation against President Trump. Not as a political stunt or a meaningless gesture. Not to score points with progressives or to indulge in macho posturing. The impeachment process must begin simply because love of country compels it.

You have heard all the arguments. You know more about emoluments than the original framers of the Constitution. You are no strangers to the absurdity of the Trump International Hotel, D.C., and you know how many taxpayer dollars have been spent at Trump properties. You are familiar with the blind trust that is not blind. You likely believe that justice has been obstructed, probably more than once. You recognize that the pardon power has been used to violate accountability under the law. You know that the response to Charlottesville was contemptible, and you are aware that “high crimes and misdemeanors” does not require treason but is instead a gross abuse or violation of the public trust. In short, you fully understand that Trump has likely violated the Constitution in multiple ways, and that the proper remedy is a House Judiciary investigation to see if impeachment is warranted.

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Further, you know that close to half of Americans are already on board with impeachment, and you have probably heard that close to 1.2 million signers have joined a nonpartisan campaign to impeach the president.

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Every day the list of offenses grows. It includes:

(1) obstructing justice;

(2) violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause and Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution;

(3) conspiring with others to commit crimes against the United States involving the solicitation and intended receipt by the Trump campaign of things of value from a foreign government and other foreign nationals, and concealing those violations;

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(4) advocating illegal violence, giving aid and comfort to white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and undermining constitutional protections of equal protection under the law;

(5) abusing the pardon power.

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper recently said, “I think the Founding Fathers, in their genius, created a system of three coequal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances. And I feel as though it’s under assault and eroding.” If it is eroding, it is because you are failing to act. Our country is at grave risk. And your inaction puts us all in danger.

We, the people, have been patient. But when it comes to doing what’s right, Massachusetts is not known for patience. You need to step up. Speak out. Represent your constituents. Call for an impeachment investigation. Now.

Signed

Susan Lyman, Pittsfield
For the First Congressional District, represented by Richard Neal

Sarah Ahern, Greenfield
For the Second Congressional District, represented by Jim McGovern

Sharon Zawacki Jordan, Lunenburg,
For the Third Congressional District, represented by Niki Tsongas

Lisa Kolarik, Brookline
For the Fourth Congressional District, represented by Joseph P. Kennedy III

Johanna Schulman, Cambridge
For the Fifth Congressional District, represented by Katherine Clark

Bambi Snodgrass, Topsfield
For the Sixth Congressional District, represented by Seth Moulton

Deborah Baye, Brighton
For the Seventh Congressional District, represented by Mike Capuano

Kate Steinhacker, Quincy
For the Eighth Congressional District, represented by Stephen F. Lynch

Kerry O’Donnell, Falmouth
For the Ninth Congressional District, represented by Bill Keating