Protesters Rally in Dozens of Cities to Call for Trump’s Impeachment

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People gathered in cities across the United States on Sunday — just two days before Independence Day — to call on Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.

Thousands were expected at “Impeachment Marches” from sea to shining sea on Sunday, with demonstrators rallying in New York, Philadelphia, Austin, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and dozens of other locations.

“Donald Trump has been in blatant violation of the Constitution from the day he was sworn into the office of President,” the event’s website states. “It is time that congressional representatives do their job and start the process to impeach this president,” it adds.

In Austin, Texas, hundreds rallied at the State Capitol and marched to City Hall to demand Trump’s impeachment, according to the Associated Press. Dozens of pro-Trump supporters attempted to disrupt the rally, the AP reported.

“I am here today because I love my country,” Congressman Al Green told supporters at the event before leading a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America.”

“We cannot let others to steal the notion that somehow they’re more patriotic than we are,” said Green. “We are patriotic Americans,” he said.

In New York, protesters rallied outside Trump International Hotel & Tower.

“We cannot let others to steal the notion that somehow they’re more patriotic than we are,” said Green. “We are patriotic Americans,” he said.

We March for Impeachment!

Donald Trump has been in blatant violation of the Constitution from the day he was sworn into the office of President. The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach an official, and it makes the Senate the sole court for impeachment trials. It is time that congressional representatives do their job and start the process to impeach this president. We believe president Trump has committed constitutional breaches, consistently lied, cheated, and enforces laws that primarily benefit him and his billionaire friends at the expense of the country.

Grounds For Impeachment

The grounds of impeachment are based on discussions with our partners at impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org

Violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause

Article I, Section 9, Clause 8.

“[N]o Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.”

The framers of the Constitution created this clause to ensure that US officials would not be corrupted by gifts or payments from foreign powers, yet President Trump, through companies that he owns, receives a constant stream of cash and favors from foreign powers and their agents.

Inconsistent with the practice of all modern era Presidents and the justifiable expectations of the public, he has refused to place his business assets into a blind trust in which he would have no knowledge of which foreign or other entities were investing in or making payments to his businesses, as well as no control over the assets and decision making of those businesses, but instead, directly and/or through his family continues to control his businesses and receive business revenues, and in any event continues to own those businesses and the assets they embody. For example, the single largest tenant of Trump Tower is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, a wholly state-owned company. The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority office holds a lease with Trump Tower. Foreign diplomats and foreign embassy events are held at and enrich atWashington’s Trump International Hotel. More than an obvious conflict of interest, receipt of any monies or regulatory or lending favors by him or by businesses he owns, whether under his personal control or under the control of his sons, from any foreign government, from any bank or other entity owned or controlled by such a government, or from any representative of any foreign government or such entity, without the consent of Congress, is a present or emolument accepted by President Trump in direct violation of the United States Constitution.

Trump has complex and opaque financial relationships through a labyrinthine web of shell companies and businesses, with governments throughout the world, including Turkey, the Philippines, India, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Brazil, Bulgaria, and Viet Nam. Most importantly, he has financial dealings with Russia and China, the extent of which are is largely unknown and will remain so as long as he refuses to release his tax returns as has been done by all modern era Presidents, a campaign promise upon which he reneged.

These conflicts of interest have not only enriched Trump, but in many instances have undermined our national security and have undermined the trust and confidence that the American people need to have in their elected leader if the nation’s government is to remain one of, by, and for the people.

Violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause

Article II, Section 1, Clause 7.

“The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.”

The Constitution’s Domestic Emoluments Clause – also known as the Presidential Compensation Clause – is not waivable by Congress. It is designed to prevent corruption, as Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist Papers No. 73: “Neither the Union, nor any of its members, will be at liberty to give, nor will he be at liberty to receive, any other emolument than that which may have been determined by the first act. He can, of course, have no pecuniary inducement to renounce or desert the independence intended for him by the Constitution.”

President Trump has chosen to continue owning businesses that receive government subsidies and tax breaks in violation of the Constitution. For example, since 1980, as the New York Times reported, Mr. Trump and his businesses have “reaped at least $885 million in tax breaks, grants and other subsidies for luxury apartments, hotels and office buildings in New York.” As President, he personally benefits from federal and state subsidies and tax breaks in violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause.

Furthermore, “emoluments” are not limited to monetary payments; they also include economically valuable favorable regulatory actions. President Trump’s control over the vast modern powers of the executive branch means that regulatory action affecting his businesses favorably constitutes an “Emolument from the United States.”

For example, President Trump’s ongoing lease of Washington, D.C.’s Old Post Office, in which the Trump International Hotel is located, violates an explicit clause in the General Services Administration lease contract providing: “No . . . elected official of the Government of the United States . . . shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom . …” His business arrangements have been announced (not including any divestment of the hotel) and he has assumed office, but the GSA is not pursuing any legal action to enforce the provision. Such favorable regulatory treatment provides President Trump a significant financial benefit from the federal government above and beyond his federal salary.

Obstruction of Justice

Article II, Section 1.8

Oath of office:  “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will do to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Article 2, Section 3.

Key duty of the President: “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Together, those provisions impose upon the President constitutional obligations that must be fulfilled if the rule of law under our Constitution is to be preserved and our republic maintained.

In his conduct of the Office of President of the United States, Donald J.Trump, in violation of his oath faithfully to execute the Office of President of the Unites States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and of his duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice in that he:

  1. Interfered with the Department of Justice of the United States and Federal Bureau of Investigation by dismissing officers and investigators conducting investigations as to his and his campaign staff’s illegal activities, including Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; Sally Yates, the Acting Attorney General of the United States; and James Comey, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  2. Made false and misleading statements to the people of the United States to deceive the people into believing that official federal investigations as to his misdeeds and those of his subordinates not in fact being undertaken because federal investigators had concluded that there was nothing worth investigating.
  3. Failed to provide information regarding General Flynn’s dealings with the Russians to the House Intelligence Committee.​

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