Open Letter to Representative Lee
Dear Representative Lee:
Thank you for your strong support for impeaching President Donald Trump, including your co-sponsorship of Rep. Steve Cohen’s H.R. Bill 621 in the last Congress.
We, the leadership group of Alameda4Impeachment, are writing now to urge you to write a letter to House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler asking him to begin formal, public hearings in his committee focused on whether to impeach Trump.
The Judiciary Committee hearings should approach the issue of impeachment with an open mind, gather evidence and hear from witnesses. Such hearings, as with the 1973 Watergate hearings, can play a key role in educating the public and persuading them of the necessity of impeachment.
Given what we feel are Trump’s ceaseless attacks on the rule of law and fundamental institutions of our democracy, and Department of Justice policy that a sitting President cannot be indicted, it is imperative that Congress fulfill its Constitutional role in our system of checks and balances.
More evidence exists in the public record to begin formal, public impeachment hearings.
- We believe Trump engaged in criminal obstruction of justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, an act Trump admitted was because of Comey’s refusal to stop investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as part of the investigation of a possible criminal conspiracy with Russian agents to interfere with the 2016 election.
- In our opinion he has violated the Constitution and human rights, by instituting a ban on Muslims travelling to the U.S. and has imprisoned children and babies, forcibly separating them from their parents.
- In violation of the First Amendment, Trump has viciously attacked the freedom of the press. In February 2017, he tweeted that the New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN were “the enemy of the American people.” In October 2017, he suggested that the broadcasting licenses of some news organizations should be revoked.
- In violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers, Trump has abused his power by attacking judges and U.S. courts for legal decisions with which he disagrees. For instance, he harshly criticized U.S. District Court Judge James Robart for his legal ruling that Trump’s Muslim travel ban was unconstitutional.
- Since his very first day in office we think that Trump has violated the Article 1, Section 9 Constitutional prohibition on U.S. officials receiving money or gifts from foreign governments. Likewise, Trump may have violated the Article II, Section 1 prohibition on officials receiving money or gifts from the U.S. or any state government. This alleged open and blatant corruption by the President must not be tolerated.
As a member of Congress, you swore an oath to “support and defend” the Constitution. Please uphold your oath of office by urging Rep. Nadler to begin public impeachment hearings.