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Voices Of The Impeach Trump Movement

Voices Of The Impeach Trump Movement

Here are some of the leading voices in the movement to Impeach Donald Trump. They can show you many ways to get active and have an impact on the most criminal Administration and the upcoming election opportunity to remove the Republican’ts from power.

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You may have heard, we’re launching a $3.1 million ad campaign targeting Senate Republicans in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Iowa. Thanks to your efforts, a majority of representatives support impeachment. Now it’s time to shift our focus to the Senate to ensure Donald Trump is removed from office.

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Trump has failed as our Commander-in-Chief by putting his own political gain above American’s best interests. All voters – whether Democrat or Republican – need to know what’s on the line and what they can do to hold Trump accountable.

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BREAKING Sept 24, 2019: Impeachment is Now Happening

Impeachment Alert (via MoveOn)

Dear MoveOn member,

The dam has finally broken. Over the past 24 hours, dozens of members of Congress have announced their support for impeaching Donald Trump, and this afternoon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally announced the framework of an official impeachment inquiry.1

Here’s the problem: Congress is about to go on a two-week recess, and we cannot afford to lose momentum, which means we need to act right now.

MoveOn is launching an emergency fundraising drive right now. We need to raise $250,000 in the next 72 hours to fund a campaign to push so that every single Democrat comes out in support of impeachment by Friday. James, can you rush $3 right now to help us meet our goal?

Yes, I’ll make an emergency donation to help MoveOn flood Congress with calls, run ads, pound the pavement in D.C., and do whatever it takes to get Democrats to support impeachment by Friday.

The need to impeach Trump has been clear for a long time—MoveOn called for his impeachment over two years ago—so what has changed over the past few days to open the floodgates? News reports have mounted suggesting that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in congressionally authorized military aid to the nation of Ukraine in an effort to force their government to aid Trump’s re-election effort and attack his political opponents.2

The details of Trump’s attempted blackmail are so flagrant that they deserve a thorough examination. Here is what we know:

  • Earlier this month, news broke that a whistleblower in the intelligence community had initiated the official process to lodge a complaint they believed met the standard of violating either the law or constitution, and the Intelligence Inspector General agreed that this complaint rose to the level of “credible and urgent,” a legal standard that requires the complaint to be given to Congress within 7 days.3
  • Instead of following the law, the acting Director of National Intelligence informed Attorney General William Barr, and together they refused to give any details of the complaint to Congress.4
  • Thanks to dogged reporting, we now know that the information the whistleblower shared was that Donald Trump withheld nearly $400 million in congressionally authorized military aid to Ukraine in an attempt to force their government to investigate sham accusations of wrongdoing against the Biden family—all as part of an effort to influence the 2020 election and boost Trump’s chances for re-election.5,6,7,8

That’s right: These reports say that Trump used the power of the presidency to withhold aid meant to stop Russian incursions into Ukraine in an effort to force a foreign government to interfere in our elections—and then suppressed the turnover of whistleblower documents required by the law.

This is not only an earth-shattering level of corruption, it is also the textbook definition of an impeachable offense, and it has finally forced Democrats off the sidelines and into the fray. 

Now, we must do everything we can to support the impeachment process in the House. That’s why MoveOn is holding a major event in Washington, D.C. this week, flooding Congress with calls, running ads, and gearing up for a huge national week of action in districts across the country next week to ensure that impeachment moves forward without any delay.

Chip in $3 right now to our emergency 72-hour campaign to fuel the impeachment efforts in Congress.

MoveOn has already been leading in this fight. We called for Trump’s impeachment back in 2017, and just last month we led “Impeachment August,” holding events and calling on lawmakers to take a stand—which led to the most new support for impeachment from members of Congress in a single month since the start of Trump’s presidency. Now that Congress is finally poised to take definitive action, we will continue to pound the drum for impeachment by driving calls to members of Congress who remain silent, hosting events in D.C. and around the country, running digital ads, and more.

At the same time, MoveOn is getting ready to announce our 2020 plans. This could be the biggest year in our 20-year history—and we will be holding Mitch McConnell and other Republicans like Susan Collins who have aided and abetted Trump’s schemes accountable.

But to do all of this, we need your help right now. James, will you chip in $3 to help us meet our $250,000 goal in the next 72 hours?

Thanks for all you do.

–David, Ann, Katie, Reggie, and the rest of the team

Sources:
1. “Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump,” The New York Times, September 24, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/94201?t=5&akid=246666%2E37212143%2EQQVjEl

2.”Trump Said to Have Frozen Aid to Ukraine Before Call With Its Leader,” The New York Times, September 23, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/94205?t=7&akid=246666%2E37212143%2EQQVjEl

3. “Trumpcast,” Slate, September 20, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/94202?t=9&akid=246666%2E37212143%2EQQVjEl

4. Ibid.

5. “Trump suggests he mentioned Biden in phone call with Ukrainian president,” The Washington Post, September 22, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/94203?t=11&akid=246666%2E37212143%2EQQVjEl

6. “Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son,” The Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/94204?t=13&akid=246666%2E37212143%2EQQVjEl

7. “Trump Said to Have Frozen Aid to Ukraine Before Call With Its Leader,” The New York Times, September 23, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/94205?t=15&akid=246666%2E37212143%2EQQVjEl

8. “Whistle-Blower Complaint Is Said to Involve Trump and Ukraine,” The New York Times, September 19, 2019 https://act.moveon.org/go/94206?t=17&akid=246666%2E37212143%2EQQVjEl 


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Update On Impeachment From Indivisible

Leah and I wanted to give you an update on yesterday’s events and provide a little context around Indivisible’s role in moving the Speaker of the House to endorse Impeachment proceedings against the President. Our team will be sending around action items and next steps later today, but we didn’t want to let the moment pass us by without taking a step back to see how we got here.

The long road to impeachment. A little more than 2 years and 4 months ago — after James Comey was fired — Indivisible came out in favor of impeachment proceedings. We were one of the first national organizations to call for impeachment proceedings, but we were confident in the decision because we knew that was where Indivisibles were, and it’s what we believed was necessary to safeguard American democracy. Over the last 2+ years, Indivisible has had countless national days of action, call-ins, and national coordinating table meetings to press various aspects of the case for impeachment.

After Mueller’s appointment and for much of 2018, the pressure for impeachment largely relented, as we focused efforts instead on building the Blue Wave to retake some amount of power. After taking back the House, the impeachment conversation reignited, but House Leadership cautioned patience as we waited for Mueller’s report. We waited. With Mueller’s report finally released in the spring of this year, we mobilized yet again. While some House Democrats started coming out for impeachment, Democratic Leadership was slow to react. 

While Pelosi was reportedly actively blocking the Judiciary Committee from moving forward on impeachment (over the objection of Chairman Nadler), we set up impeach.indivisible.org to ramp up in-district pressure and build the number of pro-impeachment members. Members started coming out slowly but surely — including some front-line members like Katie Porter and Tom Malinowski (among others that local Indivisible groups had helped elect). Presidential candidates Warren and Castro led with calls for impeachment, but others cautiously held back.

It wasn’t enough. Nothing was really changing in Washington. The Mueller Report, practically a directive to Congress to begin impeachment proceedings, sat on the shelf. Members of Congress weren’t reading it or digesting it. They weren’t being forced to. And House Leadership continued to try to change the conversation, squaring the difference with a muddled compromise on impeachment proceedings. Right before August recess, Chairman Nadler and progressive partners like Pramila Jayapal announced that the Judiciary Committee was indeed moving forward with impeachment proceedings. 

The Judiciary announcement was a victory, but a partial victory. Judiciary Committee was allowed to move forward with impeachment work, but conservative Democrats and Leadership muddied the message and insisted that impeachment wasn’t actually happening. It was almost like they were trying to relieve pressure from the grassroots, while not actually committing to do anything substantive. 

So Indivisible launched Impeachment August with a group of other progressive organizations to increase pressure on members with a couple hundred local events over the congressional recess. Our goal was to get a majority of the House caucus on board. We surpassed that goal.

Then, last week, the Ukraine story broke, and Trump admitted on national TV to threatening a foreign leader in order to undermine a political opponent — and the release of the transcript this morning backs up what he already admitted. But yet again, House Leadership’s comments seemed designed to tamp down any sort of hope around impeachment

On Monday, as the story developed, we pulled together with our national partners to plan a response. Yesterday, we got on the phone with MoveOn, PCCC, By the People and others, as well as our friends on Capitol Hill. It was clear the ground was moving quickly, but there was danger House Leadership would create a special committee to take authority away from Judiciary Committee and delay the process further. They needed pressure on Congress. 

Pressure on congress is where we do our best work. So after the call, we mobilized, sending text messages and emails (like this one) and posting on social, asking you to take action, fast.

In just 4 hours, we drove over 11,000 calls to congress just through Indivisible’s call tool alone (not counting the Indivisible members who have their members on speed dial…which is to say most). And it worked:  In the early evening, Pelosi announced she was moving forward with formal impeachment proceedings — and she is not circumventing the Judiciary Committee. 

The fight is not over. We don’t know how quickly this process will move forward, and the House is set to go into recess for 2 weeks at the end of this week. We are calling on Pelosi to cancel recess, and if we lose that fight, we will be mobilizing in-district events telling members to go back to work and get the job done. We are joining MoveOn in a Thursday D.C. action in front of the White House, and half a dozen national groups (as of this morning) are cosponsoring our in-district events around the country next week.

Big national victories can be surprisingly tricky to identify, and so they often go uncelebrated. These victories are almost always partial and uncertain. When we mounted statewide die-ins at Schumer’s offices in June 2017 to encourage him to withhold consent to delay the TrumpCare bill into July recess and buy us more time, he ultimately relented – and then claimed he planned to do it all along. When we won the Senate vote against TrumpCare in July, we were worried for months that it would come back. When we took the House in 2018, the night felt disjointed and incomplete with losses in Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

This victory too is incomplete and uncertain. We don’t know if all of our efforts would have led to this point had the Ukraine news not broken. We also don’t know whether this will lead to impeachment as we envision it, or if it’s just the latest development in a slow-walk strategy that will ultimately disappoint us. 

But without grassroots pressure, pressure from you and Indivisibles nationwide, the dam would not have broken the way it did. Reporting from a few different sources points to the role of persistent grassroots pressure in shifting Democrats over to our side. This Ryan Grim piece is particularly good, and he’s not alone in his take. A frontline Dem staffer told Gro, they came out for impeachment early in the summer and that “doing so had minimized the pain that so many others felt over recess.” Another was blunter: “We spent all summer getting the shit kicked out of us back home.”

Power concedes nothing without a demand. And we’re in the business of building local groups to confront power. So we’re celebrating – partial and uncertain as this victory may be – because power conceded something last night that we’ve been demanding for a very long time.

In solidarity,
Ezra & Leah -Co-Executive Directors, Indivisible


Indivisibles,
Here’s how you can keep the ball rolling on impeachment

Yesterday, in the shadow of the US Capital, hundreds gathered to both marvel at and push forward at this moment in history that we’ve been working towards. Here’s the short version: Trump’s actions are not just corrupt — they are a matter of national security, election security, and the integrity of our democracy. 

And we need Congress to treat this matter as such. This is why your pressure on Congress is so crucial to this effort. When we come together and demand what we want, Congress must either listen or get out of the way of the truth.

 

TAKE ACTION NOW

We’re at the point in our democracy, in our history, when just saying facts out loud can sort of sound inflammatory or controversial or even scary to some so bare with us while we point out just a few of the facts:

  • The President of the United States held back military aid to a foreign ally that had been directed by Congress.
  • The President of the United States got on the phone with a head of state, a foreign head of state, and asked for a “favor.”
  • The President of the United States asked for help investigating a domestic political rival from a foreign head of state.

Ok. Maybe they’re right… those facts are pretty scary. 

If you missed it, here’s a personal recap of Leah’s speech at the ImpeachNOW event:

 

The ImpeachNow rally was about challenging Congress to put in the work (much like all of you have been doing over the last 2 years). Rather than going home and letting the news cycle move on without any action (we’ve seen that before), Congress could have canceled their scheduled recess, stayed in Washington, and did their jobs to hold Trump accountable.

Don’t worry! We’ve got a Plan B:

 

 

Host or join an event

 

Join our National Activist Call

We need Congress to put in the work and 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. So no matter where Members of Congress go, we’ll be there to demand that they hold Trump accountable.


Forget Selfies! We Want Answers From Our Presidential Candidates

Have you ever watched the moderator during a presidential debate, your interlacing hands clawing at your hair, your mouth wide open because they still haven’t asked anyone a question about the issues you know to be most critical?

Well, if that’s the case, then you’ll be glad to know that we’re constantly thinking of new ways for Indivisibles to engage directly in this presidential primary. And we know that sometimes, you just have to ask the question yourself. That’s where we come in.

We’re really excited to launch three new(-ish) tactics for you to engage in this democratic primary in visible, strategic ways. We say “-ish” because Indivisibles have been doing most of these tactics for years! We’re just adding a bit of flair to get you some more spotlight. 

So, we’ve got a question for you before we continue. Have you heard of this thing called bird-dogging?   

In the political world, it refers to the practice of activists seeking out candidates to get answers to important questions. It’s a vital part of holding candidates accountable and making sure they can’t dodge their constituents when we’re facing real issues. Earlier this year, Indivisibles bird-dogged Elizabeth Warren, pressuring her to commit to naming a public school teacher as Secretary of Education — and she later announced plans to do exactly that.

That’s one example, but we’ve got more. So let’s get into the new stuff:

Here are three easy tactics you can pick up right now:

  1. Check out our brand new Birddogging Guide (’cause we love guides) to get some helpful tips on asking candidates the questions that matter to our movement whenever and wherever you see them — even if it’s just in a photo-line!
  2. You’ve used Soapboxx to call your reps out for campaign finance reform, defunding hate, and so many other issues. Now, you can use it to tell a presidential candidate what issue matters to you and what their plans are to drive progress. Don’t miss out — record a video, share it on social, and we’ll spread your question far and wide! 
  3. Looking for an event to tie all these tactics together? Look no further than our new Presidential Town Hall Map! Scroll down to “Find Opportunities” to see a town hall near you. We’ll be updating it each day with new opportunities to engage presidential candidates while they’re on the road and stopping at an event near you.

We want everyone — regardless of whether you live in an early primary state or not — to have a chance to engage with any candidate on the issues that Indivisibles have said over and over are most important to you.

Remember: the most important thing Indivisibles can do is share their stories, their questions (and the potential answers!), and make candidates stand up and take notice. So, next time you’ve got a chance to take a selfie with with the many presidential candidates, take a video selfie instead and ask about ending the filibuster :).

In solidarity,

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Robert Reich Knows Mith McConnel -Knows He Is Stonewalling Trump’s Impeachment

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I’ve known Mitch McConnell for a long time, since I was a Cabinet secretary in the 1990s, and I can tell you: He truly is the Darth Vader of Washington politics. Which is why I’m glad to see that he’s finally getting into hot water.

The nickname “Moscow Mitch” is sticking to him like glue because of his efforts to kill election security legislation. He’s under fire from constituents for blocking bipartisan background checks legislation for gun sales after the mass shootings in Dayton, OH, and El Paso and Odessa, TX.

And, now, he’s being called out for blocking funds for Kentucky coal miners suffering from incurable black lung disease. Kentucky is one of the biggest coal states in the country. Coal mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, and the number of cases of incurable black lung disease has been on the rise. If you live in Kentucky coal country, it’s pretty much a lock that you know someone who is suffering from the dreadful health effects of coal mining.

For years, Republicans have been incredibly skillful at using divisive issues like guns, global warming, and abortion rights to turn Kentucky coal families against Democratic candidates.

But the truth is that it’s the Republicans who don’t give a damn about coal miners, except as political props.

That was never more clear than this summer, when a group of coal miners took a 10-hour bus ride to Washington, D.C., to ask McConnell to provide health care funding for the coal miners suffering from the incurable lung disease. McConnell met with them for one minute and then refused to help them.2

This is one of the reasons why McConnell’s approval ratings are so bad even in his solidly Republican home State of Kentucky—and it’s why we can beat him and so many other GOP senators, if we go big.

But adding Kentucky to MoveOn’s list of target states will mean taking on a whole new set of fixed expenses that MoveOn otherwise wouldn’t budget for. For instance, to run a real get-out-the-vote operation, they’ll need to hire organizers and fund campaign ads.

My friends at MoveOn first contacted me about this challenge—and opportunity—earlier this summer. They wanted to know if I thought it was worthwhile to try to take on McConnell—and to know how much more they’d need to raise in order to defeat both Trump and McConnell in 2020.

I immediately said, “Let’s go for it! Because if we beat Trump but McConnell remains as Senate majority leader, then he will STILL be able to block anything that helps people or hurts the GOP’s big donors.

So, the 2020 election will be a defining moment for America. If we beat Trump and replace McConnell as Senate majority leader, then we’ll have a real chance to take back the courts, repeal Trump’s tax scam, finish the job that we started on health care with the Affordable Care Act, do something about guns, make progress on the climate crisis, and so much more.

But it starts here, with regular folks like you and me stepping up to make sure that MoveOn has the resources to take on McConnell, Trump, and the GOP and win. Will you join me and chip in $15 a month to fuel MoveOn’s 2020 election campaign?

Yes, I’ll chip in $15 a month to defeat Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, and the GOP.

No, I can’t chip in $15 a month, but I can still help out.

Thanks for all you do.
–Robert Reich


Time For Impeachment (A Petition)

Dear MoveOn member,

House Leader Nancy Pelosi has officially announced that she will be opening an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. This is after a report came out stating that Donald Trump withheld $400 million in aid that Congress had appropriated to Ukraine in order to pressure Ukraine’s president to help Trump’s re-election.1 A partial summary of a phone call was released by the White House this morning confirming Trump’s attempt to seek foreign assistance in his political campaign by smearing a political rival. He even encouraged the Ukrainian president to worth with both the government’s attorney general and Trump’s personal attorney.2 This is an egregious and obvious abuse of power—and only the latest in a longline of impeachable offenses and abuses by Trump. Now is a critical moment where Congress can step up and hold a sitting sitting president accountable for abusing his role for personal interests.

Our nation’s founders made sure that the Constitution contained a check on a president who abused power and broke the law, and it is time for all of Congress to fulfill their constitutional duty. 

Sign this petition demanding that Congress begin impeach Trump!

In the United States, no one is above the law. Congress must impeach Trump immediately for his abuse of power and violation of public trust.
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Donald Trump and those around him have sought to undermine the institutions of our democracy in ways we’ve never seen before. His dealings with Ukraine and manipulation of foreign relations for personal interest is just the most recent example of his abuse of power.  

The Mueller Report and Robert Mueller’s testimony confirmed that Trump has not been exonerated and that there are open matters of obstruction of justice that only Congress can pursue. Michael Cohen has called Trump a “conman,” a “racist,” and a “cheat.” In his testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee, Cohen shared that Trump knew about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails and eventual release by Wikileaks.
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We will not treat this as normal. And politicians in Washington must not continue to conduct business as usual. Everyone in Congress must look in the mirror and decide how they will fulfill their oath to defend our Constitution and which side of history they want to be on.

If they fail to do so, millions of MoveOn members across the country will hold them accountable.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!
—Mara Schechter

Sources:
1.”Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump,” The New York Times, September, 24, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/94345?t=10&akid=246658%2E37212143%2E4KhZur

2. “Trump pressed Ukraine’s president to work with Barr for dirt on Biden,” Politico, September, 25, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/94522?t=12&akid=246658%2E37212143%2E4KhZur


Tom Steyer – Re: Ukraine
A formal impeachment inquiry

The president has admitted to discussing the Democratic presidential primary on a call with the Ukrainian president. We must hold him accountable for inviting foreign governments to interfere in our election. Tell our representatives to investigate Trump’s lawless behavior — and impeach him:
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Donald Trump won his presidency with aid from a foreign government, so it shouldn’t surprise any of us that he’s turning to another foreign government to assist him during his re-election campaign. What should surprise us is that our party leaders are standing by while he does it.
 

The time for action was months — even years — ago. We must stop Trump before he does any more damage to our democracy. Add your name right now to demand that Congress do their jobs and investigate this president’s ongoing criminal activity.

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James: I was on air on MSNBC when news broke that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be launching a formal impeachment inquiry. It was a surreal moment. It’s still sinking in. 
 
Our leaders in Congress have finally taken this crucial step towards the pursuit of truth — but this is just the beginning. Join us and invest in the next phase of this campaign so we can continue to be vocal about the issues that matter.
 
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When I called for Donald Trump’s impeachment over two years ago, mine was one of the few voices. Eight million members of Need to Impeach, one Mueller report, countless impeachable offenses later, along with the newest revelations — that Mr. Trump leveraged foreign aid to Ukraine while insisting the foreign government investigate his political opponent — the national movement demanding that this criminal president be removed from power is stronger than ever. 
 
This is what organizing looks like on a national level. If we can organize from the outside to build a national movement that holds a president accountable, think of what we can do together to end the systemic corporate corruption of our democracy.
Here we go,
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