I don’t know about you, but I am tired of people telling me Donald Trump has committed no impeachable offenses. The fact of the matter is, there are plenty of them. What follows is a partial list, just off the top of my head. This list is in no way comprehensive, which is even more damning than if I was to do the research and come up with a comprehensive list.
Face it: Donny Trump is a walking, yelping banner for impeachment. He violates his oath of office daily. His Twitter feed alone is a national embarrassment. In any case, here is a healthy sampling of impeachable offenses he has committed and continues to commit on a daily basis.
Trump Has Been Profiting From the Presidency Since Day One
Embedded in the Constitution is a Foreign Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president specifically from accepting personal benefits from any foreign government or official. Here are some examples of violations of that clause…
- Donald Trump has retained his full ownership interests in all of his family businesses (there are estimated to be about 500 or more of them) while he is in office. He hasn’t even put them in a blind trust, as required by law. That means he continues to profit from them directly, including his properties overseas.
- Every time a foreign official stays at a Trump resort or hotel, or a foreign government approves a new Trump Organization project, it’s a violation of the Emoluments Clause. In addition, every time China or another country grants Ivanka a trademark which China has done dozens of times, Donald Trump is in violation of his oath to uphold the Constitution.
- Over the past three years, Trump has repeatedly asked that foreign officials in the U.S. stay at one of his properties, especially the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC, which is located in the Old Post Office building, just blocks from the White House. To make matters worse, Trump only leases the building, which is owned by the federal government. That essentially makes him his own landlord. In one specific case, Trump had an Iraqi sheik stay at the DC Trump Hotel when he was lobbying on behalf of the Iraqi government.
- While they were negotiating trade policies on behalf of the United States, they got China to approve a number of Trump family trademarks.
- Following the last meeting of the G-7, Trump “suggested” that the next G-7 meeting be held at his Doral Golf Club in Florida. Thankfully, after the White House announced the multi-million dollar contract for the International meeting, the contract was canceled.
- Every time Trump takes a golf weekend at one of his properties, he is essentially funneling taxpayers’ money into his family business. His entire entourage needs rooms, food and more, and it all violates the Emoluments Clause. So far, estimates suggest that Trump has spent more than $100 million in taxpayer money for his golf weekends and frequent vacations at his own properties and he has profited from that.
Trump Has Repeatedly Advocated for Political & Police Violence
- Back in 2017, Trump gave cover to a group of neo-Nazis and white nationalists who caused a riot in Charlottesville and murdered a protester. He proclaimed “there are good people on both sides.
- During the campaign and after he took then oath, Trump has repeatedly encouraged law enforcement officers to rough up people as they arrest them.
- So far, Trump’s rhetoric has been cited in many criminal proceedings as being the inspiration and justification for political violence. He has been name-checked by the perpetrators of a number of massacres, including those in other countries, like New Zealand.
- Since he has been confronted with the possibility of impeachment, Trump has encouraged his staunchest supporters to do whatever they can – up to and including armed insurrection – to keep him in power. He has also implied that he would like to stay on the job past eight years.
Trump is Incompetent and He Has Repeatedly Engaged in Reckless Conduct
- According to intelligence officials, Trump lacks the capacity to make informed decisions in the event of a military crisis.
- Worse, he is uninformed enough to create a fear among Pentagon officials and the intelligence community that he could potentially trigger a serious war or other confrontation based on his tendency to misunderstand and/or miscalculate circumstances.
- Trump has decided that Tweets are now official government communication, and he uses that medium to insult allies and enemies alike and to threaten anyone who he thinks doesn’t like him.
Trump Has Repeatedly Persecuted Political Opponents
- Donald Trump has repeatedly pressured the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate and prosecute political adversaries, to the point that his DOJ has once again reopened the Clinton email investigation in an attempt to scandalize his opponents.
- His requests for investigations are not based on law enforcement, or even national security. They are not based on anything having to do with any function of his office. These investigations are a pure power play, nothing more.
- Likewise, as noted above, Donald Trump also pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden, the man Trump thinks he is most likely to face in the general election, by leveraging US military aid and a presidential visit by Zelensky, to get Ukraine to boost his reelection prospects.
- Trump and his Attorney General William Barr, have attempted to get foreign intelligence agencies to assist in an additional investigation to discredit Robert Mueller, in the hope that such an effort will undermine the credibility of the very damaging Mueller Report.
Trump Has Been Unrelenting in His Attacks on the Free Press
- Ever since he took his oath of Office, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the very concept of an independent press.
- Trump has repeatedly referred to any coverage that is in any way critical as “fake news.” Worse than that, he has referred to journalists who don’t toe the Trump Party Line as “the enemy of the American people.” He also has
- Trump has also threatened to change libel laws and revoke the FCC licenses of broadcasters who are critical of him. His private war with CNN also led him to attempt to interfere with the merger of AT&T with Time Warner.
- In addition, Trump’s regime has baselessly revoked press credentials in response to coverage that is at all critical.
- Trump also dismissed the murder of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was a journalist with The Washington Post. In dismissing the murder, Trump cited the importance of the economic partnership between this country and the Saudis as a reason to do nothing.
Trump Has Repeatedly Violated the Due Process Rights for Immigrants
- In the process of implementing and enforcing the Trump Regime’s brand-new “zero tolerance” policy (no, it is not a continuation of an Obama policy), as many as 3,000 immigrant children were separated from their parents at the border with Mexico. The purpose of this policy was supposed to deter families from attempting to cross the border because Trump takes his cues from his loyal fan base, often called “deplorables.” The most egregious aspect of this policy. However is the fact that their preparations failed to include a way to return the children to their parents. Since this “zero tolerance” policy came into being, thousands of children have been held in cages, forced to try to sleep on cold, hard floors with bright lighting 24/7. A number have died due to a lack of medical care and many have been reported as suffering from malnutrition. Several human rights organizations have condemned the United States for violating their human rights. A number of parents have since been deported, with their children remaining here, in custody.
- Currently, the Trump Regime is fighting in court to enforce an administration policy allowing them to detain migrants indefinitely, which would be a violation of their Fourteenth Amendment rights.
Trump and His Campaign Have Repeatedly Violated Campaign Finance Laws
- Donald Trump knew disclosure of his extramarital affairs with Stephanie Clifford (A.K.A. Stormy Daniels) and Karen McDougal could hurt his chances at winning the 2016 election.
- Trump directed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to work with American Media, Inc. (AMI), to ask the publisher of the National Enquirer, to buy up the rights to Stormy Daniels’ story and to lock it away, as a way of protecting Trump’s campaign. He then forced several women, including Daniels, to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements so they wouldn’t go public with their stories.
- In the waning weeks of his 2016 campaign, Cohen also admitted to making hush-money payments to several women to hide Trump’s affairs. All evidence points to Trump having directed the payments, on behalf of his campaign, so that Trump could win.
- Trump then reimbursed Michael Cohen for these illegal payments after he took office, and he also discussed the entire scheme in the Oval Office.
- Trump has been named an “unindicted co-conspirator” for having directed Cohen to “cause an unlawful corporate contribution” and an “excessive campaign contribution” by paying hush money to the two women with the intent to influence the election.
Trump Has Repeatedly Obstructed Justice
- Trump attempted to persuade FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as part of Comey’s investigation into Trump’s dealings with Russia during the 2016 election. Come refused to do so, and Trump fired him.
- At the same time, Trump claimed he fired Comey for his maltreatment of Hillary Clinton.
- Trump repeatedly tried to stop Mueller’s investigation by trying to fire Robert Mueller.
- Trump ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to create a false record indicating that he never tried to fire Mueller, but McGahn refused.
- Trump has repeatedly tried to intimidate or create undue influence witnesses in a number of investigations that he thinks target him.
- In his report on his investigation, the Mueller investigation reported a number of instances in which “very substantial” evidence indicated that Trump had committed obstruction of justice.