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Daily Action: House Dems -- Start Setting Terms & Triggers for Impeachment


CONTACT:
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Katie Hill:
DC: (202) 225-1956


Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge her/him to join a united and aggressive Democratic front, demanding cooperation from Trump and his subordinates as the House proceeds in its investigations. This must begin with co-sponsoring Rep. Rashida Tlaib's resolution (H. Res. 257) that instructs the Judiciary Committee to begin investigating whether Trump should be impeached. House Democrats should warn Trump that if he refuses to allow administration officials to testify before committees, or refuses to hand over documents subpoenaed by the House (including his tax returns), such acts will trigger the consideration of articles of impeachment. The Mueller Report makes clear that it must be Congress that holds Trump accountable for conspiracy and obstruction of justice; Congress must not shirk that duty to our democracy out of cowardice or political gamesmanship. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
With the redacted Mueller Report in their possession, House Democrats are returning to Washington from a two-week recess conflicted over their next moves. Speaker Pelosi and other leaders have downplayed considerations of impeaching Trump, at least for now, while numerous representatives and presidential candidates have joined activists in demanding a swifter timetable. Meanwhile, the House oversight, judiciary and Ways and Means committees have stepped up their investigations, demanding testimony from administration officials as well as documents including six years of Trump’s tax returns — but Trump has indicated that he will obstruct all subpoenas from the House majority.

Some pundits, and more cautious politicians, suggest that thoughts of impeachment should take a back seat to preparing for the 2020 election, and that voters should decide whether Trump should remain in office. Others, however, insist that Congress must fulfill its constitutional role by publicly investigating and prosecuting Trump’s crimes and misdemeanors — not only to give the American people a full accounting of his wrongdoing, but to prevent Trump and future presidents from abusing their power in the future.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has brought forward a resolution, H. Res. 257, that would set Democrats firmly on a path that will lead to impeachment if the facts demand it. Additionally, as Trump builds on his documented history of obstructing the investigation by refusing to provide subpoenaed testimony and documents, House Democrats must make clear that such refusals are themselves grounds for impeachment. Democrats’ ability to advance its investigation may, in fact, require it to be deemed an impeachment inquiry, so that courts will be more likely to agree that documents and testimony must be produced.