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The Trump Presidency
Articles of Impeachment

MoveOn news alert; The gravity of this moment cannot be overstated. (Articles of Impeachment)

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess
The gravity of this moment cannot be overstated. (Articles of Impeachment) BREAKING Articles of Impeachment Update (urgent MoveOn alert) Unsubscribe 2:46 PM (1 hour ago) to me Dear MoveOn member, Red alert: The House has just released the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, starting the clock for a vote in the full House to impeach Trump as early as next week⁠—and in the Judiciary Committee in the next few days.1 Earlier this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will vote on two articles of impeachment against Trump: first for his abuse of power in his efforts to bribe Ukraine into rigging the 2020 election, and second for obstruction of Congress, for Trump's and his administration's attempts to shut down investigations into the Ukraine scandal.2 Included in the articles is this stunning statement: 'In the history of the Republic, no President has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate 'high Crimes and Misdemeanors.''3 The case against Trump is clear-cut and undeniable—and unless Congress takes action to stop him, Trump will continue to put personal interest ahead of the interests of the American people and undermine the 2020 elections. But Republicans are going to do everything in their power over the next few days to muddy the waters and attempt to shut down impeachment. That's where we come in. MoveOn is pulling out all the stops, and our staff will be working around the clock over the next few days to make sure that members of Congress feel overwhelming pressure to stand up for our democracy when they vote on Trump's impeachment. We have to go all out, and there is no time to waste. Peter, can you rush an emergency donation of $3 right now to make sure we can go big over the next 10 days? Here is what we have planned for the final push: Turn out and protest in cities across the country the night before the House votes. More than 75,000 people in all 50 states have now signed up to attend rallies calling on Congress to impeach and remove Trump. This is a huge surge over the last few days, so we need to keep up the momentum to increase the number of events and the turnout. We urgently need to raise enough money to make sure our protests are seen by millions, to invest in promoting this online and through social networks and earned media, to fly in organizers, to rent stages and audio equipment, to print and ship signs and other materials, to do enough press pitches to propel these events to the front pages of local papers, to coordinate with dozens of organizations on the ground, and more. Work on the ground in key states to flip the Republican senators who are most likely to vote to convict Trump. While the media attention is focused on the House right now, the truth is that the House will almost certainly vote to impeach. But to win this fight, we have to secure a conviction in the Senate. Your donation will help pay for MoveOn organizers who are working every day to host events, generate local media coverage, and more—including preparing for tactics that could launch in key Senate states as early as Christmas recess. Keep camera crews at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to confront members of Congress. MoveOn activists have been asking a very simple question of Republicans: Is it OK for a president to solicit help from a foreign government to win an election? Republicans are literally running and hiding to avoid answering this question, so MoveOn is capturing evidence of their cowardice, featuring it in digital videos, and sharing the videos far and wide. Keep phones ringing off the hook. Our most efficient way to connect droves of activists to their lawmakers costs about $2 a call. It requires dedicated analyst time, costs to our robocall vendor for every single call we make—which add up quickly—and legal costs, too, because the rules in every state are different. And while there are cheaper ways to make some (smaller) number of calls, we simply can't connect anywhere close to this volume of calls any other way. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. Will you join us and chip in $3 right now? The gravity of this moment cannot be overstated. This is only the fourth time in the entire history of our nation that Congress has moved to impeach a president, and as three constitutional scholars laid out in their testimonies last week, Trump's crimes are the precise reason that the Founding Fathers included impeachment in the Constitution. It is Congress' duty to stand up for our democracy. The integrity of the 2020 election and our very democracy depends on it. But we know that as long as Republicans think they can get away with it, they will cower, hide, and do Trump's bidding. Which is why we must show the strength of our grassroots movement in these final days. It is essential that we show Republicans that if they choose to vote to protect Trump, they are voting against the will of the people and the future of our nation. The next few days will be written about in history books, so ask yourself: How do you want to be remembered? Join us. Thanks for all you do. –David, Emma, Robert, Mary, and the rest of the team Sources: 1. 'Trump 'Ignored and Injured' the National Interest, Democrats Charge in Impeachment Articles,' The New York Times, December 10, 2019 https://act.moveon.org/go/113960?t=5&akid=252426%2E20152613%2Eb0vnS_ 2. Ibid. 3. 'Read the Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump,' The New York Times, December 10, 2019 https://act.moveon.org/go/113961?t=7&akid=252426%2E20152613%2Eb0vnS_ Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back towards sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us? Click here to chip in $3, or whatever you can afford. Contributions to MoveOn Civic Action are not tax-deductible for income tax purposes. 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