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Draft Resolution on Impeaching the President

21 Oct 2019 10:55 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

Resolution proposed by Debbie Hollyer regarding Impeachment. This has not been approved by the 23rd LD Dems Executive Board and would require a motion from the membership.

A Resolution to Direct the Washington Democratic 23rd Legislative District's membership, and it’s Congressional and Legislative Delegation to Publicly State Full Support of the Impeachment Inquiry by the U.S. House of Representatives and to prepare the U.S. Senate to follow suit with their duty to defend the U.S. Constitution         

WHEREAS the United States Constitution. Article II, section 1, clause 8 states the presidential Oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”;

WHEREAS the United States Constitution. Article II, section 4 states,

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors;

WHEREAS no one, not even a President of the United States, is above the law;


WHEREAS the United States Constitution. Article I, section 2, clause 5 states,

The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment;

WHEREASthe United States Constitution. Article I, section 3, clause 6 states,

The U.S. Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present;

WHEREAS on June 13, 2019 the Chair of the Federal Election Commission responded with an unequivocal warning: “Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election”  ;

WHEREAS no Quid Pro Quo needed for violation of Campaign Finance Laws.  All that is needed is solicitation to create a basis for Impeachment; https://www.justsecurity.org/66277/the-quid-is-a-crime-no-need-to-prove-pro-quo-in-ukrainegate/

WHEREAS Texts Show Top Envoys used a possible White House visit to pressure Ukraine President to Investigate Bidens;  https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/new-texts-show-pressure-on-ukraine-to-investigate-bidens-70607941552

WHEREAS Mr. Trump publicly suggests Ukraine and China should investigate the Bidens; https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/trump-claims-absolute-right-in-asking-foreign-help-in-corruption-70608453680   

WHEREAS Special Council Robert Mueller did not absolve the president from ‘Obstruction of Justice' but rather left it up to the duty of Congress to pursue;

WHEREAS Mr. Trump’s Presidential abuse of power continues to proliferate. He has repeatedly criticized the whistleblower, sought information about the whistleblower, and called for the whistleblower's sources to be outed;  https://www.justsecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Updated-Whistleblower-Letter-1.pdf

WHEREAS Mr. Trump undermines the reputation of the U.S. National Intelligence; stating that FBI Director Christopher Wray is ‘wrong’ in his assertion that such efforts by foreign nationals to interfere in a U.S. election should be reported to the FBI;

WHEREAS Mr. Trump and his administration continue to obstruct depositions and disregard subpoenas called for by the U.S. House Committee Chairs. The Trump administration ordered the U.S. ambassador to the European Union not to appear before house lawmakers for a planned deposition as part of the impeachment inquiry. The White House announced it will not cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry;  (WTFJHT, New York Times / Washington Post / Reuters / NBC News / Associated Press)  

WHEREAS White House counsel made legal arguments that the entire House of Representatives has to vote on this inquiry in order to make it legitimate. “Not true”, stated University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck. “Pelosi is breaking with precedent but not rules or the law”;   https://www.npr.org/2019/10/09/768540896/who-sets-the-rules-when-is-it-real-and-other-big-questions-on-impeachment

WHEREAS Mr. Trump continuously flaunts to the American people the unchecked powers of the President that present a direct conflict of interest to holding him accountable for abusing Presidential power. The Federal Trade Commission  (FEC) has the legal authority to enforce campaign finance laws with civil penalties. Civil enforcement actions by the FEC have no “knowledge” requirements and no monetary threshold. However, the FEC is currently without a quorum and, consequently, is unable to initiate investigations and/or enforcement actions. Presumably the President will someday appoint, and the Senate will someday confirm, new FEC commissioners to give the commission a quorum once again.  No Incentive for the president to reconstitute the FEC anytime soon, if ever while in office;  (as reported https://www.justsecurity.org/66277/the-quid-is-a-crime-no-need-to-prove-pro-quo-in-ukrainegate/ )

WHEREAS Mr. Trump is a serial liar. He has been recorded as having lied to the American Public regularly on no less than12,000 instances , to the date of this resolution; https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/08/12/president-trump-has-made-false-or-misleading-claims-over-days/

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State 23rd Legislative District Democrats publicly state support of and together add legitimacy to the Impeachment Inquiry.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Washington State 23rd Legislative District Democrats will inform ourselves of the magnitude of the obstruction of justice of the Trump Administration and consciously use our personal power to Vote for a change in leadership at all levels to ensure we rewrite the laws that allow the executive branches’ abuse and disregard of the Constitution.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Washington State 23rd Legislative District Democrats call upon our Representatives Sherry Appleton and Drew Hansen and Senator Christine Rolfes to publicly state their support of the Impeachment Inquiry.

THEREFORE BE IT FURHER RESOLVED that Representative Sherry Appleton and Drew Hansen and Senator Christine Rolfes communicate the importance of their full support of the Impeachment Inquiry to Washington’s U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer who have already pledged their full support.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Washington U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer share their full support to respective chamber majority leaders and chairs of respective impeachment committees and to introduce, national legislation that will call upon fundamental constitutional amendments that prevent the current national abuses of the executive branch.

THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, State Representatives Sherry Appleton & Drew Hansen, State Senator Christine Rolfes, and the Washington State Democratic Central Committee to inform them of the 23rd Legislative District’s resolute position.


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