Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Republicans: History Will Remember You Backed Trump – Mother Jones

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Republicans: History Will Remember You Backed Trump - Mother Jones

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With Congress returning to work after the August recess, some House Democrats are renewing their call to begin impeachment proceedings — even if just to get Republicans on the record voting in support of President Trump.

We have to do our job, said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday. Once the House impeaches, the House has impeached the president and then that hearing goes to the Senate. If they want to fail it, then I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this president, knowing his corruption, having it on the record so that they can have that stain on their careers for the rest of their lives because this is outrageous to protect the amount of lawlessness and corruption coming out of this presidency.

At present, there are no fewer than six House panels that have been looking into various aspects of this most-unorthodox presidency. The fractured approach has enabled the White House to sidestep the investigative process, sometimes with dubious assertions of executive privilege, and in other instances by simply refusing to allow witnesses to appear before committees, even when subpoenaed. Formalizing the process with a vote to begin an impeachment inquiry would effectively bring everything under one roof, offering protections to congressional investigators and, one hopes, preventing the White House from treating the Congress like so many pesky flies at a holiday picnic.

Video: House Democrats a step closer to impeachment proceedings

This president will not last, added Ocasio-Cortez, whether hes voted out next year or whether he serves another term, this president will not last, but those members in the Senate need to carry that legacy and they need to go to bat for what theyre doing. The corruption of this president knows no bounds, and in order to protect our democracy we have to impeach him.

AOC: I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment

Trump isnt accepting the possibility gracefully. To me its a dirty word, the word impeach, he said in May. A dirty, filthy, disgusting word.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment

One argument offered by some anti-impeachment Democrats is that theres little chance the Republican-controlled Senate would reach the two-thirds majority needed to remove Trump from office, enabling him to claim vindication as he runs for reelection. Ocasio-Cortezs argument is the counterpoint: In addition to fulfilling the legislative branchs constitutional duty to provide a check on the executive, impeachment would saddle Republicans with a standard bearer whose approval rating has slipped below 40 percent in some polls.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has proposed procedures for an impeachment inquiry, including a larger role for staffers in questioning witnesses, which the committee will vote on Thursday. Nadler made his intentions clear on Tuesday morning, although some confusion remains about where the process actually stands.

In other words, its possible to see the pursuit of full-on impeachment as wrong-headed, but still to support a vote to launch an impeachment inquiry. Because the former would aid the president, while the latter, if used properly, could box him in.

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We are holding hearings — a series of hearings — to consider the possibility of reporting to the floor articles of impeachment, said Nadler. Thats what were doing. Theres no ambiguity about it.

Still, even with that undeniable obvious background, House Democrats are set to formalize their heretofore scattershot probe into the Trump presidency. And thats not necessarily bad news, even for those who think impeachment a fools errand.

Video: Democrats expected to expand impeachment inquiry as Congress returns

After the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, it was widely believed the numerous instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president would be the focus of an impeachment inquiry. Democrats have also raised the possibility of investigating allegations of insurance fraud, dubious tax schemes and money laundering by Trumps businesses. But some legislators have come to the view that Trumps use of the presidency to promote his own businesses — and have taxpayers pick up the tab for officials who stay at his hotels — would be the easiest case to make to voters, and the clearest violation of the Constitution.

Last week, the administration came under fire when Vice President Mike Pence stayed at a Trump property in Doonbeg, Ireland, which Pence’s chief of staff said was done at President Donald Trump‘s “suggestion.” (Pence’s office later issued a “clarification” that was nor a denial.)

People understand what it means for the president to be spending millions of dollars in federal government tax dollars at his own business properties, said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a Judiciary Committee member who supports impeachment.

“The president isn’t asking me to, it’s, he’s competing in a private Enterprise, it’s nothing something that he controls in that process, so if it’s in the process, they can stay there,” McCarthy said.

The Mueller report has clearly been muddled, and Im not sure that the public really has much of a concept of what that showed, said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky. And corruption is pretty easy to understand.

Then, it was revealed that the House is investigating military expenditures at Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland, which the Air Force is also now investigating. Marriott hotels are not owned by any leaders of the free world.

Roughly 134 Democrats, over half the caucus, have come out in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet endorsed the idea, even as committee chairs like Nadler and other members of leadership begin to throw their support behind it.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended the spending of federal taxpayer dollars at Trump properties by telling reporters that there’s no difference between staying at a Marriott and staying at a Trump hotel.

Beginning an inquiry would not necessarily lead to impeachment, which is analogous to a criminal indictment and, if approved by the House, would lead to a trial in the Senate. The House would first investigate whether there was sufficient evidence that the president had met the standard in the Constitution of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

If an impeachment resolution is brought to the floor the full House, Democrats and Republicans, would vote on articles of impeachment. If they approve one or more of them by a simple majority, the president would officially be impeached, but not removed from office.

At the House Republican Leadership press conference Tuesday morning, McCarthy was asked about the recent controversies surrounding government spending at Trump resorts in Scotland and Ireland.

The Senate then would be required to hold a trial (i.e., not at the option of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell), with members of the House serving as the prosecution and lawyers chosen by the White House mounting a defense. The chief justice would preside. A two-thirds majority of the Senate would be necessary for conviction and the presidents removal from office, something that has never happened in American history.

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Trump has previously expressed confusion about how the process works, saying that he didnt think the courts — which are not involved in a House investigation — would allow it.

Two previous presidents have been impeached — Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998 — but the Senate failed to convict, and they both remained in office. The House began impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon in 1974, but he resigned before a full House vote on the articles took place.

"If we don't defeat Donald Trump, the character of this nation will be fundamentally and forever altered."

The first hearing under the new impeachment rules would be with Corey Lewandowski on Sept. 17, the panel also announced Monday. Lewandowski was frequently mentioned in former special counsel Robert Muellers report, which the committee has been investigating. According to Muellers report, Trump asked Lewandowski to deliver a message to then- Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to limit Muellers probe.

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With Congress returning to work after the August recess, some House Democrats are renewing their call to begin impeachment proceedings — even if just to get Republicans on the record voting in support of President Trump.

In one of those probes, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and demanded that he appear for testimony on Sept. 25. In the letter, released Monday and dated Friday, Schiff said that Flynn had failed to comply with the panels June subpoena or “cooperate with the committees efforts to secure your compliance.”


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