We have reached this point already - articles of impeachment need to be drawn up against President Donald Trump. And we all know this process would have already started if Trump had been successful in firing special prosecutor Mueller, as it's now clear he tried to do in June of 2017 and again in December 2017.
Trump has brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI and Department of Justice, threatened to shut down news organizations for reporting the truth, tried to use the levers of government to punish political enemies, and — in a direct violation of the Constitution — taken money from foreign governments.
His comments in support of pro-Nazi demonstrators, derogatory descriptions of immigrants, and bigoted family separation policy are disgusting and provide a window into the racism that motivates his divisive rhetoric and agenda.
And in court filings on December 7th, 2018 federal prosecutors concluded that Trump participated in these federal crimes when he directed Cohen to commit campaign finance violations by paying off two women during his 2016 campaign and then reimbursing him. The assertion marked the first time that federal prosecutors have deemed Trump an active participant in the conspiracy.
Any other citizen not the president would have been already indicted by now.
But perhaps most jarring is Trump’s obvious status as being compromised by Vladimir Putin, which was clearly evidenced in his July 2018 press conference where he sided with the murderous Russian dictator over our own intelligence agencies.
His subservience to Putin becomes more understandable though when you realize Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower treason meeting, making him — at the very least — an accessory after the fact to a vast criminal conspiracy against the United States. And it’s now clear he was pursuing a Trump Tower Moscow deal, including a penthouse for the Russian dictator, well into the 2016 campaign, and then Trump instructed his lawyer to lie to Congress about such facts.
All of this sounds crazy until you realize the FBI and law enforcement were thinking the exact same thing when they opened an inquiry into whether Trump was a Russian asset.
And on April 18, 2019, we finally got to see the Mueller Report. These are the 10 episodes of potential obstruction of justice committed by Trump, as relayed in the index of the report. These are damning examples of impeachable offenses committed by the president, which Mueller said Congress should investigate.
But Trump has refused all requests from Congress. One of the articles of impeachment against Nixon was “contempt of Congress,” while the third article said Nixon had “failed without lawful cause or excuse to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas” and “willfully disobeyed such subpoenas.”
Trump has already met and surpassed this threshold with his unprecedented stonewalling of Congress.
Impeachment hearings need to begin immediately. The exact details about drawing up articles of impeachment can be argued about within the House of Representatives, but there are a number of potential charges and criminal infractions from which members of Congress can choose.