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Ralph Nader calls, once again, on Congress to hold Trump accountable for his multiple impeachable offenses

“We the People of the United States deserve leadership, not spectatorship. Our constitutional handiwork is in peril.”

No 2637 Posted by fw, June 26, 2020

“Here is an abridged version of a letter sent on June 22, 2020, by me and two constitutional law experts Bruce Fein and Lou Fisher, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerald Nadler, and the Committee’s Vice Chairman, Jamie Raskin. It touches on where Congress has not exercised its constitutional authority to hold Trump accountable under the law. Former national security adviser and ultra-hawk John Bolton’s disparagement of the articles of impeachment voted against President Donald Trump as ‘impeachment malpractice’ in ‘The Room Where It Happened’ may be viewed as a rebuke to Congress for failing to discharge its duty and powers to enforce constitutional observance (e.g., impeachment, stiff fines for flouting congressional subpoenas) that has fortified limitless executive power which Mr. Trump recklessly brandishes daily. Impugning Mr. Bolton’s motives does not impeach his impeachment facts or testimony revealing Mr. Trump’s serial impeachable offenses.”Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is an American political activist, author, lecturer, attorney, and presidential candidate, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism and government reform causes.

Thank heavens above for the dogged Ralph Nader who never seems to tire of being ignored. Here is his latest salvo calling on Congress to do its job. Bravo, Ralph.

Reposted below is my slightly edited version of Ralph’s abridged, co-authored letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others regarding Congress’ failure to hold Trump accountable for his multiple impeachable offenses. To paraphrase Nader, “The people deserve better.”

My repost includes my added subheadings, text highlighting, added hyperlinks and cartoon. Alternatively, read Nader’s original piece by clicking on the following linked title.

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Congress Must Hold President Trump Accountable! By Ralph Nader, nader.org, June 26, 2020

Here is an abridged version of a letter sent on June 22, 2020, by me and two constitutional law experts Bruce Fein and Lou Fisher, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerald Nadler, and the Committee’s Vice Chairman, Jamie Raskin. It touches on where Congress has not exercised its constitutional authority to hold Trump accountable under the law.

Dear Madam Speaker, Mr. Chairman, and Mr. Vice Chairman:

John Bolton’s book has revealed Trump’s “serial impeachment offences”

Former national security adviser and ultra-hawk John Bolton’s disparagement of the articles of impeachment voted against President Donald Trump as “impeachment malpractice” in The Room Where It Happened may be viewed as a rebuke to Congress for failing to discharge its duty and powers to enforce constitutional observance (e.g., impeachment, stiff fines for flouting congressional subpoenas) that has fortified limitless executive power which Mr. Trump recklessly brandishes daily. Impugning Mr. Bolton’s motives does not impeach his impeachment facts or testimony revealing Mr. Trump’s serial impeachable offenses.

Nader’s earlier 12-count article of impeachment documents Trump’s alarming extraconstitutional behavior

We had urged a broader 12-count article of impeachment indicting the full spectrum of Mr. Trump’s alarming extraconstitutional behavior which Congressman John Larson printed in the Congressional Record – H 12197 on December 18, 2018.  Among other things, the proposed article assailed presidential violations of the Declare War Clause, the Treaty Clause, the Appointments Clause, the Take Care Clause, and the Appropriations Clause, in addition to crippling the plenary congressional power of oversight and investigation.

Bolton’s revelations demand that Bolton and Trump be called to testify under oath to unearth the truth

Book excerpts printed in The New York Times reveal credible evidence of several additional impeachable offenses requiring House subpoenas to Mr. Bolton and Mr. Trump to testify in public under oath to unearth the truth.

According to Bolton, Trump solicited illegal assistance from China for his 2020 presidential campaign

According to Mr. Bolton, President Trump solicited illegal foreign assistance for his 2020 presidential campaign by

    • asking the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to purchase billions of dollars of wheat and soybeans from American farmers to win their political favor (52 U.S.C. 30121).
    • Trump asked for that foreign assistance from President Xi in exchange for Mr. Trump’s desisting from sanctions against Chinese officials under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act because of China’s persecution of Uighurs, which constitutes bribery under 18 U.S.C. 201.
    • Trump obstructed justice in interceding to lighten penalties against ZTE [Chinese tech giant] for flouting sanctions against North Korea, among other things. These impeachable offenses are probably only the tip of the iceberg.

As citizens of the Republic, we expect the House to enforce constitutional observance

In our capacity as citizens of the Republic, is it too much to expect the House to enforce constitutional observance though the powers of impeachment, subpoenas, contempt, or otherwise?  At a minimum, the House should subpoena Mr. Bolton and Mr. Trump to testify about the foregoing new impeachable offenses and others if they surface in the interim.

Why did the House neglect to subpoena Bolton during its 2019 impeachment investigation?

Mr. Bolton volunteered to testify before the Senate at Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial but was not called.  He did not agree to testify before the House during its impeachment investigation because of pending litigation. The House inexplicably neglected to subpoena him. The law and precedent are clear. In conducting an impeachment investigation, the House has a right to every person’s evidence whether of the President, of the incumbent or former White House officials, or others.

We have witnessed too many Executive Branch and congressional defectors from the Constitution

What your stewardship of the Constitution requires is manifest. With dismay, we have witnessed too many Executive Branch and congressional defectors from the Constitution. You should lead them back. Regular constitutional order must be restored, including curing the multiple violations enumerated in our proposed 12-count impeachment article (H 12197).

The people deserve leadership, not spectatorship

“We the People of the United States” deserve leadership, not spectatorship. Our constitutional handiwork is in peril.

House hearings are urgent.

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