Impeaching Donald Trump
Now that the impeachment process to remove Trump is happening it’s time to mark this week in history. That’s what we like to do best at the RESISTANCE side of Motiv8ionN8ion.
It’s official — yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.
Below, we’ll give you a rundown on what the next steps are, but first we want to take a moment to recap what led up to this point. (Feel free to skip this first section if you’ve been checking Twitter as obsessively as we have!)
How We Got Here
It’s been all over the news: A whistleblower complaint alleges that Trump asked Ukrainian leaders to interfere in our elections and provide intelligence on his political opponents. Trump himself — along with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani — admitted it. On camera.
So that brazenly illegal act was what led to additional Democrats coming out in support of impeachment and Pelosi finally backing the effort, right? Well, sort of, but it wasn’t entirely as fast and easy as the headlines make it sound.
This happened because members of Congress — mostly members of color — came out early for impeachment and never gave in to whether the winds of public opinion had swayed Pelosi. People like Maxine Waters, Al Green, Pramila Jayapal, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley (and so many others) who have been outspoken about Congress needing to have the moral clarity to do what’s right and take one small step to protect our damned democracy. It happened because of our partner organizations, Indivisible groups and so many individuals who made calls, sent emails, held meetings, and visited district offices for TWO YEARS, demanding to be heard and for their members to do the right thing.
In short: thousands of people have been greasing the wheels on impeachment for months. And that’s created a steady buildup of pressure on members of Congress to back the process. The Mueller report, the events and rallies during Impeachment August, the town hall questions and social media posts, the Letters to the Editor — all these things were kindling just waiting for a spark.
And then there were the calls.
Yesterday, when it became clear that Speaker Pelosi and other Democratic leadership were planning to meet about impeachment in the wake of revelations about Trump’s call with Ukraine, Indivisibles did what we do best: we sprung into action. Together, in just 4 hours, we generated more than 11,000 phone calls into congressional offices pressuring Members to support impeachment in advance of the House Democratic Caucus meeting.
That’s the kind of effort that makes a difference. It’s the kind of effort that brings Nancy Pelosi onto national television to say, “No one is above the law.” And it’s the kind of effort we’re going to need to replicate to keep this inquiry moving forward.
Now that the official inquiry has been announced, you may be wondering what the next steps are. In simple terms — we need to keep up the pressure.
Yesterday we had three simple asks, but we already won one (yay!) so now it’s two:
- Keep the investigation in the Judiciary Committee, which has the authority and is already moving forward. ← Big win! At 5 pm yesterday, Speaker Pelosi announced she will not be establishing a special select committee on impeachment. Instead, the existing committees will continue their ongoing investigations in service of a formal impeachment inquiry. That’s what we wanted!
- Cancel next week’s recess. Rather than going home and letting the news cycle move on without any action (we’ve seen that before), Congress should cancel their scheduled recess, stay in Washington, and do their jobs to hold Trump accountable.
- Hold a vote on impeachment as soon as possible. Every day Trump sits in office without any consequences for his behavior is a threat to the country and our most fundamental principles. The time to act is now.
We’ve gotten some questions about that last ask, so we want to give our two cents. Trump’s actions are not just corrupt — they are a matter of national security, election security, and the integrity of our democracy. And several committees have been investigating Trump’s conduct for months. That means that a lot of the up-front work that would form the basis of articles of impeachment has already been conducted by committees in the House and is ready to be forwarded to Judiciary. We’re not at all saying we shouldn’t have any more hearings, but there’s no reason this process should take months to move forward — as long as Democratic leadership treats it with the urgency it requires.
Here is a call script for you to call your members of Congress. And if you’d like to take it a step further, after you make your calls, click here to write a letter to the editor supporting impeachment.
What if they stay on recess?
We know very well that asking Congress to give back their vacation time to go back to still-hot-and-muggy DC could be a losing battle. So if they don’t do the right thing, we’re ready to get loud.
Living Better By Living LOUDER!
Yesterday afternoon, we worked with some of our sister organizations to form IMPEACH-NOW, a coalition of progressive organizations dedicated to pressuring members of Congress to Impeach Trump. We’ve launched a shared website, impeachnow.org. Until Speaker Pelosi does the right thing and brings Congress back from recess, use the resources there to find town halls and organize office visits while your member of Congress is home.
Truthfully, even though we put a lot of work into it today, we hope that impeachnow.org won’t be live very long — because if it’s not, that means we’ve succeeded!
What else can I do?
The amount of movement we’ve seen on impeachment just in the last week is evidence that chance really does favor the prepared — Indivisibles helped create an environment that’s ripe for action, and you were ready to take up the call when opportunity struck.
But even when you’re prepared, it takes an unbelievable amount of work to pull off something like what we did yesterday, and the tools we use to make it happen aren’t cheap. Over 30 Indivisible staff members spent the majority of yesterday developing and promoting rapid response resources. Here’s a look at what that took:
- We built a brand-new call in page, and we wrote, developed, and recorded a phone dial-in so you could text IMPEACH to 97779 and get a recording of messages.
- Our policy experts researched and wrote new content to match the fast-changing news — and then worked with our video team to script and film a video explaining what was happening.
- We sent an email to nearly a million Indivisibles, and a text message to over 150,000 more, outlining the state of play and asking you to take action.
- We coordinated with partner organizations and progressive members of Congress to ensure our asks were aligned across the movement and that we weren’t duplicating each other’s work, but amplifying instead.
- We answered dozens of emails offering support to Indivisibles who were having trouble contacting their members of Congress. (Yes, we do read replies to these messages!)
The fact is that marshalling those resources of both tools and time costs money. And while we will never, ever, EVER ask you to prioritize donating over giving time (if you haven’t done the ask above, stop reading and go do it!), we do truly count on Indivisibles’ financial support to keep all of this work moving forward. So please: Chip in even just $10 today to support Indivisible Project and help us respond with all our might in big moments like this.
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