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Minnesota’s representatives should support impeachment

President Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — only the third time an American president has faced such a vote. This will be a defining moment in our nation’s history, one that will be written about for generations to come and one that lawmakers in Congress will carry for the rest of our lives.

In the face of overwhelming evidence, pressure on lawmakers in Washington to impeach Trump is growing by the hour.

Two polls released this weekend show that a majority of Americans support impeaching and removing Trump from office.

More than 100,000 Americans have pledged to take to the streets at “Nobody Is Above The Law” rallies tonight to demand that both chambers of Congress hold Trump accountable before the House of Representatives votes this week.

A bipartisan coalition — which includes progressive organizations like Stand Up America, MoveOn, and Indivisible as well as  conservative groups like Republicans for the Rule of Law — has driven hundreds of thousands of constituent calls to lawmakers urging them to support impeachment.

More than a dozen editorial boards at some of the largest papers in the country—including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post — have called for Trump to be removed from office.

Several GOP governors also say Congress should impeach Trump, as do former Republican elected officials like former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent.

Ryan Thomas
Ryan Thomas
Yet not a single Republican in Congress has shown a willingness to break with Trump, including three GOP members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation.

But the evidence of Trump’s impeachable conduct is incredibly damaging. During a thorough and transparent investigation by lawmakerss in Congress, it became clear that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid and a critical White House meeting in order to pressure Ukrainian officials into interfering in the 2020 election.

Witness testimony, call transcripts, text messages, and phone records all show that Trump used the power of the presidency for his own personal gain — and that he undermined our rule of law, our foreign policy, and our national security in the process. Then, after a whistleblower and several government officials came forward, Trump and senior members of his administration tried to cover it up by defying congressional subpoenas, concealing evidence, and blocking witnesses from testifying.

As Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar so aptly said, these actions amount to a “global Watergate.”

The only way to address such blatant corruption and likely criminal wrongdoing? Impeachment.

That’s exactly why the House Judiciary Committee voted last week to advance two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump — one focused on his abuses of power and another on his efforts to obstruct Congress.

So lawmakers must now decide: Will they uphold their oaths of office and defend the Constitution by voting to impeach Donald Trump, or will they allow a lawless president to go unchecked?

With the evidence we’ve seen so far, the choice should be clear. Yet only four members of Minnesota’s congressional — Democrats Angie Craig (District 2), Dean Phillips (District 3), Betty McCollum (District 4), and Ilhan Omar (District 5) — have pledged their support for impeachment. Rep. Craig said voting to impeach is “about upholding [her] oath to the Constitution and the rule of law,” while Rep. Phillips said that there is “no alternative.”

A fifth Democrat — Collin Peterson (District 7) — has said that he doesn’t “condone what the president did,” but has not made a decision on whether to support impeachment.

The three Republicans from Minnesota — Jim Hagedorn (District 1), Tom Emmer (District 6), and Pete Stauber (District 8) — have said they oppose impeachment, with Stauber going so far as to claim that Trump committed “no high crimes and misdemeanors.”

But with the evidence of Trump’s impeachable conduct uncontested and the process barreling toward the finish line in the House of Representatives, a reckoning is coming. Every member of Congress must evaluate whether he or she will be on the right side of history after taking this vote.

For the sake of our democracy, I implore every single one of our representatives to vote to impeach.

Ryan Thomas is the national press secretary for Stand Up America, one of the largest grassroots organizations in the country working on impeachment. He is a Minnesota native from Andover.


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  1. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 12/17/2019 - 12:07 pm.

    While I disagree with Colin Peterson, if he does vote against impeachment it at least shows their is room for diversity of opinion on the D side as opposed to the R side where many would like nothing better than to see Trump gone and normalcy restored to their political lives; but they know they will have no political life if they dare remind the emperor that he has no clothes.

    • Submitted by Bob Petersen on 12/17/2019 - 02:34 pm.

      That’s one way of looking at it. The other way would be that what was presented is so pathetically weak that there are Ds who will go on record to state as much.
      There was a bi-partisan vote to impeach and remove Clinton from office, despite the fact that the articles brought against him were proven and criminal (as opposed to Congressional opinion this time) but still was a brainless move by the Rs at the time.
      Being that this time around is so, so much weaker than that, spin it how you feel. Because in the end, all of the liberal talking points on this forum don’t mean a hoot because the election next year is looking to be more and more a huge defeat for the Ds.
      After all, they rigged the election for Hilary and lost last time. The Ds didn’t listen to their base and suffered. Now, they are not even listening to themselves (Pelosi saying it must be bi-partisan and that they’ve been working on this for almost the last 3 years), flipping on every principle they said during the Clinton impeachment, and are so elitist to think that they won’t suffer as the Rs did after the Clinton impeachment.

      • Submitted by Pat Terry on 12/18/2019 - 12:45 pm.

        Actually, the charges against Clinton were nonsense, not proven and criminal. They would have never even been brought by most prosecutors. The charges against Trump are infinitely more serious and constitute actual crimes.

  2. Submitted by Solly Johnson on 12/17/2019 - 04:42 pm.

    Trump is a terrible President, but most Democrats in Congress do not appear to be authentic in their opposition to him. Many Democrats state that Trump is crude, untrustworthy, has erratic behavior, etc., and is a menace, if not dangerous, when dealing with foreign affairs and nuclear weapons. Still, in the recent House vote on the National Defense Authorization Bill, only 41 Democrats voted against the bill, which gives Trump billions more in military funds and more surveillance power than he even asked for. Pelosi and most of the establishment Democrats supported the bill, and of Minnesota’s five DFL representatives, only Omar was in opposition. Of course, the establishment media gave very little attention to this vote.

    • Submitted by Doug Duwenhoegger on 12/19/2019 - 06:16 am.

      Why do you fail to mention the MASSIVE compromise the Republicans gave into with this funding bill? Democrats have been pushing for paid family leave for federal employees for quite a while. This is now law and will be next to impossible to take away. A military spending bill will always pass.

  3. Submitted by Steve Rose on 12/18/2019 - 06:05 am.

    The linked poll does not support your majority of Americans support impeachment statement. The CNN headline states “half”. Doing the math, half is not a majority.

    The CNN poll I have linked below states that 45% support impeachment and removal from office, down from 50% (half) in mid-November. The longer they make their case, the weaker it becomes.

    Interesting headline writing; it seems we Americans are ”divided“ on this issue. They didn’t want the bad news in the headline.

    The real and significant bad news on impeachment support is coming from the swing states.

  4. Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 12/18/2019 - 09:32 am.

    “he undermined our rule of law, our foreign policy, and our national security.”

    To hear this phrase uttered by left-leaning progressives is to fall so far down the rabbit hole as to meet lucifer himself.

    The rule of law in this country is gamed in favor of corporations, banks and billionaires above all else. Our foreign policy is imperialist in the extreme. Our national security is a totally unaccountable, total surveillance, eternal war profiteering complex.

    This line feels like it was written by the FBI/CIA for mass consumption by way of mockingbird media. Someone needs to read his Chomsky, ‘Manufacturing Consent.’

    Trump may be a monster, but this impeachment process has been monstrous.

    • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 12/18/2019 - 03:50 pm.

      “The rule of law in this country is gamed in favor of corporations, banks and billionaires above all” n And Trump doesn’t fit into the Billionaire or corporation category?

      Chomsky: So its the Anarcho-syndicalism libertarian, socialistic point of view then? Coming from the right? You do know he is syndicated on a lot of the farther left wing Radio stations, not a peep from the right side that I have ever heard of?

      You need to help with “impeachment process has been monstrous” maybe to Trump cult folks, looks pretty straight forward and in line with normal investigative functions from this perspective.(Other than the blocking of evidence and witness’s, in the real world that is called discovery, and no you have no right to block discovery, The idea behind the US justice system is to be fair to the prosecution and to the defense.

      • Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 12/18/2019 - 06:43 pm.

        The rule of law was gamed for Trump as long as he was a private businessman…but then he won the Presidency and tried to make nice with Russia and then the deep state, corporate media and the left decided to manipulate the law to remove him.

        For anyone familiar with Chomsky and his Manufacturing Consent, that is precisely what the Russian Collusion investigation is about. You don’t really need evidence, you just repeat a thing in the media a thousand times a day and people come to believe it. The goal: regime change of Trump and Putin.

        Did you hear about the FISA Court rebuking the FBI for the Carter Page investigation? Covering their proverbial butts to be sure, but clearly FBI malfeasance was clear enough for that top secret court to feel the need to make a public statement. As for the impeachment process, speaking of not allowing witness testimony, Trump held his people back, but then, so did congressional Dems prevent the Republicans from making a factual countercase. Most of what we did hear was not direct evidence, which would not be allowed in an actual court of law. It was much more like a kangaroo court, with the conclusion long ago decided.

        • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 12/20/2019 - 07:47 pm.

          “and then the deep state, corporate media and the left decided to manipulate the law to remove him.”
          Of course you have something to support this other than another conspiracy theory?

          “You don’t really need evidence, you just repeat a thing in the media a thousand times a day and people come to believe it.”
          So you have something to support this as well? Or is our entire judicial system part of the evil empire deep state, and again there is something other than a conspiracy theory to put some meat on that skeleton? Seems Mueller, CIA, FBI, etc. had a lot of meat to get what 30 some odd indictments?

          Did you hear about the FISA Court rebuking the FBI for the Carter Page investigation?Yes I did, so evidently your point is, one data point makes the trend? So why did he still get jail time, shouldn’t the court now exonerate him?

          “making a factual countercase” As above lets call the white rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the door mouse to testify, because this stuff is so far down the rabbit hole? You can not deny if Trump and his mobster team have the “perfect call” record put it out there. Other than that it is all diversionary tactics, to change the subject and confuse the issue: Yes/NO: Seeking foreign interference in an election to help you win an election is acceptable. That is the only question at hand. The misdirection and confusion is the conspiracy on the part of the Republicans, which you apparently endorse.Some of us have been around the block at least once.

          “It was much more like a kangaroo court, with the conclusion long ago decided.” We agree the kangaroo and court is McConnell and fellow republicans and they have already admitted it.

  5. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 12/18/2019 - 12:31 pm.

    You know see lots of folks against the impeachemnt, and that is OK, except the hypocracy of it is beyond comprehension. Trump had ample opportunity to present witness’s evidence etc. to prove that the whistle blower was wrong or had misinterpreted something. But instead he stonewalled/propagandized/lied/misdirected every effort to cooperate, why? From this perspective its the I am guilty as hell defense and any cooperation will reinforce the proof that I am. So to all you folks throwing shade, if Trump was so innocent, why did he choose to put up a ZERO effort, when he has all the means to set him free, and why are the republicans also choosing to put up a ZERO effort in the senate? This perspective, they want to further ingrain corruption into the American political system and let Trump cheat like hell in this election like the Russians helped him do in the last one. Please feel free to prove that wrong.

    • Submitted by Steve Rose on 12/20/2019 - 08:07 am.

      Trump or the Republicans weren’t allowed to call witnesses in the House. They would have liked to question the whistleblower.

      Now the House isn’t sending their articles to the Senate. If they produce no impeachment product, there is no impeachment.

      • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 12/23/2019 - 03:36 pm.

        You evidently aren’t aware, or chose to ignore that whistle blowers are protected from disclosure, legally, What it appears you are really saying is, Trump and his minions want vengeance on anyone that would be disloyal to the dictator by calling out his traitorous deeds.

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