A Letter To Senator Ron Johnson on Impeachment and Securing Our Elections

I wrote a letter last week to one of our United States Senators from Wisconsin, Republican Senator Ron Johnson, about the need to hold President Trump accountable for his actions and working on passing bi-partisan legislation that ensures that our elections are protected ahead of 2020. I strongly encourage you to reach out to him and let him know where you stand on impeachment, or any number of other important issues we face, by clicking on the link here. You can also contact his Washington D.C. office at (202) 224-5323

Here is what I wrote to him:

Dear Senator Johnson,

I wanted to write to you regarding two related issues: the misconduct of the President of the United States, and working on passing legislation that ensures the integrity of our elections ahead of the 2020 election.

As you know, Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on the hill yesterday regarding not only what he wrote in his report, but also briefly touched on the ongoing efforts by Russia to interfere in our elections again in 2020. Mueller’s testimony, just as his report did, laid out a damning case, not only of the successful efforts by the Russians to interfere and influence our elections in 2016, but of substantial misconduct by President Trump to obstruct that investigation after he was sworn into office in January of 2017.

Mueller’s report details five specific instances of conduct that, as over a thousand former federal prosecutors have indicated, would have arose to the level of the federal felony offense of Obstruction of Justice. The President used the powers of his office to try, at every turn, to obstruct and interfere with the Special Counsel’s investigation. This included attempts to influence testimony by witnesses in ongoing criminal proceedings (such as Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen), trying to fire the Special Counsel, and firing then FBI Director James Comey. If it weren’t for the OLC guidelines forbidding the sitting President from being indicted, and for AG Barr’s obstruction and interference on Trump’s behalf to cover these findings up, the President would have been indicted for Obstruction.

This, of course isn’t the only example of criminal activity done by the President. We also know that he was an unindicted co-conspirator in a campaign finance felony for which Michael Cohen was convicted of and sentenced to jail for. He was referred to as “individual one” in the sentencing memo filed by the DOJ, and the evidence of his directing Cohen to commit this crime (the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels) was just made available to the public within the past week. This evidence left no reasonable doubt that the President committed a crime to cover this behavior up.

These two examples alone arise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. They require you, the Congress, to start impeachment proceedings (which you can’t vote on, but can pressure the House to do), then hold a trial in the Senate to vote on his removal. Trump’s misconduct in these specific instances are exactly what the founders intended impeachment to be used for.

I urge you to read the report in full detail and follow the lead of Representative Amash in speaking out against our President. I urge you to look past partisanship for the sake of our country. If this were President Obama or Hillary Clinton that we were talking about, you would have been screaming from the rooftops that he/she should either resign or be removed from office. You would have been right to do so! The President has committed impeachable conduct and must be brought to justice for this.

I also urge you to support the current legislation that’s being held up in your chamber to secure the integrity of our elections.There is no excuse to oppose common sense reforms that allow us to ensure every ballot is counted and valid. That no foreign power can successfully interfere in our elections again like they did in 2016 and unduly influence the outcome. This is a critical issue of importance to protecting our national security.

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