Rashida Tlaib Gave Every New Member of Congress a Book Arguing for Trump’s Impeachment

Rashida Tlaib
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Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib is wasting no time ensuring her colleagues know her end goal of firing President Donald Trump. As a gift to every new member elected to the House of Representatives, Tlaib sent out a book written by three constitutional lawyers that argue the case to impeach Trump.

Tlaib showed off her present on Tuesday. “I am making sure we know our power in Congress to hold corrupt elected officials accountable,” she tweeted.

The book, released in August, details the constitutional argument for impeachment. According to the website for the book, Trump should be impeached for taking the following actions:

  • Accepting illegal payments from foreign governments
  • Using government agencies to persecute political enemies
  • Obstructing justice
  • Abusing the pardon power
  • Undermining of the freedom of the press

Tlaib’s desire to impeach the president isn’t a new one. Since the beginning of her campaign, she made clear her intent to fire Trump, often using #ImpeachTrump in her social media posts.

The idea is popular with new progressive lawmakers. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said during his campaign for Texas Senate that he’s open to the idea. “There may be an open question as to whether the president — then the candidate — sought to collude with the Russian government in 2016,” he said in a CNN town hall last month.

But Democratic leaders such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden are warning against the action. Biden told CBS last month he hoped the new Democrats in the House wouldn’t impeach the president: “I don’t think there’s a basis for doing that right now.”

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Phyllis Softa
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Why would impeachment be a consideration before anyone reads the Mueller report? That would be asking the jury to vote before the case has been presented.

Robyn Thomson
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“Congressional precedents reflect three broad types of conduct thought to constitute grounds for impeachment, although they should not be understood as exhaustive or binding: (1) improperly exceeding or abusing the powers of the office; (2) behavior incompatible with the function and purpose of the office; and (3) misusing the office for an improper purpose or for personal gain.” If this is all that’s required, we don’t need to wait for Mueller. We’re already here.

Phyllis Softa
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That is short sided. NO R is going to vote for impeachment without the report. 66 Senate votes 288 House votes are need. The R’s were just as supportive of Nixon as they are of Trump. Once the tapes were heard, they knew they would be held accountable if they remained supportive. My 99yr old paternal grandmother died in 1998 still believing Nixon was framed. There will be plenty of Trump supporters that will believe the same-and plenty of anti-Trump that believe he commit high crimes.

KhyberRifle
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Phyl, you’ve again exhibited narrow thinking; it’s at best poetic license to use a trial by jury metaphor, but aren’t you getting ahead of yourself? Or is it you’re falling behind and still cling to your Mueller legal brief, as though the past 20 mos & $25mm have unearthed collusion? What about the definition of a hoax do you not understand? Join your fellow Trump-hating pinheads and imagine like they that they’re many reasons, everyone unimpeachable, to impeach. Read the book you dolt.

Phyllis Softa
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That’s hilarious! I’m exhibiting narrow thinking because I want to see what is in the Mueller report?? You on the other hand have decided to believe it is a “hoax” On what grounds? Because the guy said so who told you that Obama BC was not real? That “No one from the campaign met with any Russians”? That he did not know about the Stormy NDA & where the money came from? That the DNC hacker could be a 400 lb man on his bed? Bless your heart! I am not that easy to dupe.

KhyberRifle
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Obama birth certificate? That’s some stale poo m’luv. Stormy? Who cares? Ruskie dirt clods? Moldy and hairy cheese balls in everyone’s mousetrap: universally exposed like Nigerian windfall letters for what they are. You may not be easy to dupe, but you’re stuck in reverse. Crawl out of your hole and realize Mueller is no more than the lead dog in a team of angry democrats, with a partisan agenda – and thus will never become more than the travesty of justice and law it is now.

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