The President withheld congressionally apportioned national security funds to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine into damaging a political opponent’s reputation to aid in the President’s reelection.
This action by the President made the United States less safe. It made our strategic ally, Ukraine, less safe. It strengthened Russia’s position of aggression toward Ukraine and the US.
The President intervened against the direction of Congress, a coequal branch of government. This action weakened the government’s ability to act effectively.
Left unchecked, the President will continue to abuse the power of his office to undermine our democratic process by soliciting election interference from foreign nations, like he has publicly with Russia, Ukraine, and China. “Let the American people decide at the next election” is no longer an option, since the President has made it clear that elections are not to be decided solely by the American people, but by foreign governments and global interest groups as well.
Left unchecked, the President will act with impunity in his own interest above the interests of the American people, without regard for the Constitution or the nation of the United States of America.
The framers of the Constitution were concerned with this type of abuse of power by the President, and they designed impeachment as the remedy. Impeachment is, in fact, the only redress available to us for this situation.
The House must vote to impeach, and the Senate must vote to remove the President from office.
Now that the Republican-led government has passed massive tax cuts for the super-rich, yacht ownership is easier than ever (for the extremely wealthy). Check out this calculator to see how close you are to owning your own yacht!
Worker wages are dropping while companies spend their tax breaks driving their stocks up. You were warned that this would happen, but you assured workers they would flourish. WIll you reverse the tax cuts for the super-wealthy now that you see it’s not working how you promised?
The Senate must NOT confirm any permanent appointments while the Trump Administration is under official investigation. The FBI, House, and Senate are investigating the Trump Administration for a variety of crimes. There have already been indictments and guilty pleas from officials associated with the President. Any hearings on appointments to the Supreme Court must be delayed until the conclusion of those investigations. Without all the information, it is unwise to make permanent decisions.
Gina Haspel, the proposed Director of the C.I.A., “oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations” (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/politics/cia-deputy-director-gina-haspel-torture-thailand.html). Her behavior is abhorrent and unacceptable. Haspel cannot be confirmed as C.I.A. Director.
I’m extremely opposed to the secretive meetings about the American Health Care Act. We have a right to know what’s going on. What Republicans in Congress are doing right now is cowardly, hypocritical, and anti-American, and it must stop.
Here is a statement from Senator Toomey, which I have adapted to fit the current situation.
“With the U.S. Supreme Court’s balance at stake, and with the presidential election [under investigation], it is wise to [ensure] the American people [were given] a more direct voice in the selection and confirmation of the next justice. Should [Neil Gorsuch] be [brought up for a vote before the resolution of these investigations, Senator Toomey should] be happy to [refuse] his nomination, as [he did] with [Merrick Garland, when he was] submitted by President Obama.”
I condemn the White House’s second attempt to ban Muslims from entering the country, and I condemn your support for it. I said this about the first Muslim ban: “This order is absolutely unconstitutional,” and it was ruled unconstitutional by every judge who saw the case. Please read their decisions, because they are still applicable to this revised Muslim ban. This executive order will be found unconstitutional, and you continue to put yourself on the wrong side of history.
P.S. Your voicemail box is full again and no one picked up the phone during office hours.
I was on Senator Toomey’s telephone town hall yesterday afternoon, but it ended so quickly that the Senator wasn’t able to get to my question about the Supreme Court nomination.
Senator Toomey said last year, on refusing to hold a hearing for Merrick Garland, that he wished “to give the American people a more direct say in this critical decision.” American Intelligence agencies have stated that Russia interfered with the election. We’ve seen an increasing number of reports of the Republican administration’s, and the Republican campaign’s, connection with Russian government and intelligence. There are several ongoing investigations into these connections, and there are more proposed and requested. We don’t have all the facts. We don’t know to what extent the outcome of the election was the say of the American people or the Russian government. With this in mind, does Senator Toomey intend to break his pledge to withhold a Supreme Court hearing until we know we’ve been listening to the American people, rather than the Russian government?
All signs point to “Yes!”
The Senate must NOT confirm any permanent appointments while the election is under official investigation. The Senate is still investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, so any hearings on appointments to the Supreme Court must be delayed until the conclusion of those investigations. You don’t have all the information, so you must not make permanent decisions.