It’s December, which means that it’s time to impeach the president.
Tomorrow, the House Intelligence Committee will vote on Adam Schiff’s impeachment report, which is expected to provide the basis for the articles of impeachment that will be drafted. And then on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will be holding its first hearing on what an impeachable offense is -- in short, this is a pivotal week for our movement, and we expect it to be critically important for moving the needle on impeachment.
To recap, in the last few weeks, we learned that there's mounting evidence proving Trump’s corruption -- witness testimony, texts, emails, memos, and transcripts -- all pointing to what Trump HIMSELF already admitted -- that he tried to bribe Ukraine to help him in the 2020 election. Trump’s own officials, including Gordon Sondland, the Ambassador to the European Union and mega-donor to Trump’s campaign, testified under oath that Trump tried to bribe Ukraine and everyone in the White House knew about it.
A few other Republican talking points have been disproven in the last week. Trump’s allies have been arguing that when Trump demanded President Zelensky investigate the Bidens, Zelensky didn’t know that Trump was withholding aid to Ukraine. This isn’t true. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testified under oath that the Ukrainians asked about the aid on the day of the call.
The GOP also claims that Trump called Sondland to tell him there’s “no quid pro quo,” and claim that somehow proves that Trump never tried to bribe the Ukrainians. However, there’s new evidence that shows that call didn’t happen -- there’s no witness corroboration and no White House call records.
As we’ve mentioned before, the GOP is attacking the process because they know they can’t actually defend Trump’s crimes. They don’t want the truth to come out, which is why the White House continues to block witnesses like Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton from testifying, and why Trump is refusing to participate in Wednesday’s hearing.
The next week is likely to be ablaze in news of more crimes and GOP-approved talking points straight out of a dumpster fire, but we MUST continue to remain focused on these three truths:
- Trump orchestrated a bribery scheme to push Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election.
- High-level government officials helped, including Devin Nunes, Mick Mulvaney, and even VP Mike Pence.
- Trump committed impeachable abuses of power -- like BRIBERY.
If you’re behind on impeachment news (it’s okay -- there’s been a ton!), you can catch up with Impeachment Daily, and this news reading list that we tweeted out last week.
First, your weekly to-dos:
Your 6 weekly to-dos
- Sign up to make some calls connecting voters to 13 key senators. With impeachment hearings moving forward this week in the House, it’s critically important that we prepare for the next stage -- a fair impeachment trial in the Senate. We’ve hit 600,000 calls (!!) but we still have a ways to go to make our goal of calling one million constituents of the 13 senators who really need to hear from them. We're asking you to call voters in those states and ask them to turn up the pressure on their elected officials. It’s a simple four-part process:
- You call a progressive voter in a key state with one of these 13 Republicans. These folks are your friends—they attended the Women’s March and/or fight for progressive causes.
- You explain how they have power now. You’ll remind them why the continued fight for impeachment is so important—and why they have particular power in this moment.
- You ask them to use their power. Then, you’ll ask them to call their senator and make their voices heard on why we’re demanding courage in this moment.
- You push a button and connect them to their senator’s office. The call tool will allow you to automatically patch them through to the senator’s DC office.
- Register or find a Trump is Not Above the Law Impeachment Eve event now. We need to show that there is massive public support for impeaching Trump for his crimes and abuses of power. That’s why the night before the House of Representatives takes a historic vote to impeach Trump, we'll take to the streets to declare that Nobody Is Above the Law. There are more than 265 events on the map as of now with more being added every day. Make sure to RSVP for (or host) one near you.
- Write a letter to the editor on impeachment. This is a critical moment for our democracy -- a moment that requires us to turn up the heat on our elected officials, demand that they hold Trump accountable, and encourage others to get involved. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and make sure your member of Congress and your neighbors know that nobody is above the law.
- Tell the House to lower prescription drug prices by improving H.R. 3. Nearly three in ten people in the country say they lack the funds to pay for their prescriptions. It’s time for Congress to act to take on Big Pharma’s greed. H.R. 3, which will likely get a vote in the House in mid-December, is a valuable first step, but it can still be expanded to benefit even more people, and put billions more dollars back in families’ pockets. Call your Member of Congress and tell them to improve H.R. 3 using our call script above!
- Register for the National Activist Call on Dec 5 at 8 PM ET. Make sure to join us to get the latest on the impeachment inquiry in the House, hear about the results of our presidential debate polling, and learn what’s coming next in our 2020 plan!
- Get involved in the fight for Medicare for All on Dec 4 at 8 PM ET. Our friends at Public Citizen have invited Congressional champions to share insights about how local resolutions efforts, like the recently passed resolution in Los Angeles, can support the growing momentum for Medicare for All in Congress. Make sure to RSVP to learn more from the activists and policymakers who pushed those resolutions across the finish line, and to get organizing updates from across the country.
With November behind us, more candidates are starting to ask the essential question of any struggling presidential campaign: is this really still worth it? This week, at least two decided the answer is no! Meanwhile, we look ahead to the debates and check out some recent endorsements:
→ Joe Sestak and Steve Bullock drop out. It was bound to happen: like many other lower-tier candidates, neither had a realistic path to the nomination. Former Pennsylvania Rep. Sestak jumped in relatively late and made very little impact during his time in the race. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock at least made it to the debate stage once, but was ultimately crowded out by other moderates in the field.
→ Warren picks up important Florida endorsement. Last week, the progressive grassroots mobilization group, New Florida Majority, issued an endorsement for Sen. Elizabeth Warren for President. The endorsement is yet another grassroots movement pickup for Warren. She also received an endorsement this week from Chicago-area Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
→ December 12 is the deadline to qualify for the next debate. So far, six candidates have met the qualification threshold, with four of the candidates from the last debate left to scramble for donations, favorable polls, or both. The four candidates who made November’s debate and are fighting to reach the stage again are Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, and businessman Andrew Yang. Recent entrants Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick will also be looking to make some progress to reach future debates, but are unlikely to qualify for December.
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