A timeline of Trump’s impeachable offenses

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Trump’s abuse of power in #Ukrainegate has cemented the realization for many people that articles of impeachment need to be drawn up regarding the president’s criminal activity. But we 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, attacks on women of color in Congress​, demeaning descriptions of majority-black cities, and bigoted family separation policy are disgusting and provide a window into the racism that motivates his divisive rhetoric and agenda. And these comments have clearly driven white supremacists to commit mass murder against Americans.

His former lawyer has now pleaded guilty and implicated him in multiple federal crimes — to which Trump amazingly confessed to on national TV.

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. And the fact that he now says he will accept foreign help to win the 2020 election should only further embolden Congress to act.

Thanks to a whistleblower, we also now know that Trump was dangling military aid to Ukraine in exchange for them investigating Joe Biden’s family and the September 2019 release of a transcript and the whistleblower’s complaint further confirmed this fact, as did Mick Mulvaney’s admission on October 17 and then again with U.S. Envoy Bill Taylor’s testimony on October 22 and November 12 and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s deposition on October 29 — and then most shockingly, on November 5th in private and on November 20th in public, Trump’s own politically-appointed Ambassador Gordon Sondland reversed his earlier testimony and admitted to a quid pro quo.

And not to leave any doubt, Trump stood on the South Lawn of the White House on October 3rd, 2019 and repeated his call for Ukraine to investigate his political opponents and even included China in his demands.

To add insult to self-inflicted injury, Trump has repeatedly threatened the whistleblower and Vindman, which is witness tampering and yet another impeachable offense.

Articles of impeachment need to be drawn up and voted on 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.

See the full list below:

  • Since the moment he was sworn in January 20th, 2017, Trump has repeatedly violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by using the office of the presidency to receive compensation and gifts from foreign governments and agents.

Tell your members of Congress now to begin the process of impeaching Donald Trump.

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