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Constitutional Scholar Calls For Trump Impeachment
Posted by: riverhousebill ()
Date: May 14, 2017 06:18AM

Harvard Constitutional Scholar Calls For Trump Impeachment Probe

The “authoritarian” president “interfered with an investigation involving national security,” writes Laurence Tribe.




By Mary Papenfuss

















A top Harvard constitutional law professor is calling for an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, branding the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey as an “obvious effort to interfere with a probe involving national security.”


To “wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader,” Professor Laurence Tribe wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post on Saturday. Tribe added that Trump’s conduct “strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our system of government.”


After Comey’s firing last week, Tribe joined the legal advisory board of Impeach Trump Now, a campaign pushing for an impeachment probe into the president.


“It is now up to Congress to save the Constitution by initiating impeachment proceedings,” Tribe said in a statement Friday when he joined the board. “Trump can’t say ‘You’re fired’ to the House of Representatives.”


Tribe wrote in the Post that “ample reasons existed to worry about this president, and to ponder the extraordinary remedy of impeachment even before the Comey firing.” He cited Trump’s apparent “brazen defiance” of the foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars a president from receiving foreign funds.


But Tribe is particularly troubled by Comey’s firing and its aftermath. After the ouster last week, Trump appeared to encourage Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein to provide cover for a decision Trump conceded he had already made and scrambled to work out some consistent “story” for Comey’s firing.


Tribe said Trump’s actions in firing Comey were “vastly more serious” than the “third-rate burglary” that Richard Nixon tried to cover up in Watergate. On Friday, journalist James Fallows wrote in the Atlantic that Trump’s scandal “looks worse than Watergate.”


“The crucial thing is that the prospect [of impeachment] now be taken seriously, that the machinery of removal be reactivated, and that the need to use it become the focus of political discourse going into 2018,” Tribe concluded

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Re: Constitutional Scholar Calls For Trump Impeachment
Posted by: riverhousebill ()
Date: May 16, 2017 05:33AM

Stand up for America stand up for the rest of the world
Call on your congress of cowards and US senate of snakes!
Silence backs Trump!


Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) called Monday for President Trump to be impeached following the firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.

In a statement released Monday, Green said Trump is not "above the law."

"He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. To do otherwise would cause some Americans to lose respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms," he said in a statement.

Trump cited Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton 's use of a private email server as his reason for firing Comey, while Democrats have raised concerns that Trump fired the FBI director to disrupt the investigation into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian election interference.





"President Trump has committed an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives. The act is obstruction of a lawful investigation of the President's campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election," Green added in his statement.
Green also pointed to the president's recent tweet in which he said Comey should hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations about the investigation "before he starts leaking to the press."

"These acts, when combined, amount to intimidation and obstruction," Green said.

"I have said on previous occasions, and do now say again, the President should be impeached. I also say that this can happen with a Republican-controlled House and Senate if the public weighs in by demanding that the Republican President be charged by way of impeachment."

Others Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), have discussed the possibility of impeaching Trump. But any impeachment effort will likely be impossible as long as Republicans control the House.

Trump's move last week to fire Comey drew heavy criticism from Democrats and some Republicans.

A number of people compared it to Watergate, the scandal that led to former President Richard Nixon's resignation.

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