An open letter to the U.S. Congress


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The seditious insurrection at the Capitol yesterday proved beyond a doubt that President Trump is unwilling to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and...preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," as he affirmed to do when assuming office. The House should immediate move to impeach the President and the Senate should vote to remove him from office with all deliberate speed. Yesterday's display was only the latest and most dangerous demonstration of the President's attempts to subvert the will of the American people, undermine the legitimacy of our democratic institutions, and make a naked grab for power. It's long past time to hold him (and other enablers on the Hill) accountable and responsible. Do not wait. An investigation into the Trump administration's role in inciting and supporting the insurrection should be launched immediately. Reports suggest that the Department of Defense denied a request by Mayor Bowser to expand the responsibilities of the District of Columbia National Guard so that they would be authorized to protect and restore order at the Capitol Building. This seems absurd considering that our intelligence and defense agencies knew well in advance that the events of yesterday were not only possible but likely. And yet the seditious insurrection still took place. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's October 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment: "The primary terrorist threat inside the United States will stem from lone offenders and small cells of individuals, including Domestic Violent Extremists...Some [Domestic Violent Extremists] and other violent actors might target events related to the 2020 Presidential campaigns, the election itself, election results, or the post-election period. Such actors could mobilize quickly to threaten or engage in violence...Some [Domestic Violent Extremists] have heightened their attention to election- or campaign-related activities, candidates' public statements, and policy issues connected to specific candidates...Among [Domestic Violent Extremists], racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists--specifically white supremacist extremists--will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland."

First sent on January 7 by Kelsey

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