An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Impeachment and removal of the President cannot wait

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It is essential that the President be impeached again for his crimes against the Constitution and against American democracy. His absolute lack of contrition was on full display today at the Alamo, where he again threatened Congress and indeed the future of our free and open society. Trump's defenders continue to insist that he should face no repercussions for inciting insurrection against the United States. He will not disappear after the inauguration. Instead, he will continue to work to destroy our government and our society. He must face dire consequences for the destruction his lies have done in the Capitol, across America, and all around the world. It is tempting to hope that if we sit back and let tempers cool, this will all pass. This is what America has been telling itself since the dawn of the Tea Party and the birth of "alternative facts" as a powerful and overt force in American politics. Impeachment and removal is a painful remedy, to be sure. It should not be conducted lightly. But it is impossible to believe that the situation in which we find ourselves would not be obvious grounds for impeachment and removal to the founders. Donald Trump is precisely the sort of would-be dictator the founders feared, and his actions and inaction are exactly the behaviors that the founders sought to prevent by creating the remedy of impeachment. At the very least, impeachment would prevent the President from pardoning himself for the crimes specified in the impeachment, which has value in staving off a constitutional crisis so ridiculous that nobody had really thought about it before. We must stop this madness before it goes any further. Impeachment and removal are the very minimal steps we must take to stop Donald Trump's further pursuit of "American carnage".

First sent on January 12 by Jonathan

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