Call your Members of Congress (MoCs)–your House Rep and your two Senators–to support impeaching Trump again.
Yep, this is the new running post until Trump is impeached and removed, neutralized by the 25th Amendment, or resigns.
If you want to skip all this and act, scroll down for the updated calling/emailing script.
The Dems in the House of Representatives have drafted a single article of Impeachment for Incitement of Insurrection.
Read the draft document here: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/08/politics/trump-article-of-impeachment-draft/index.html
In the afternoon and evening of January 12, 2021, things were moving fast. Compared to the speed normally put forward by bureaucracies, things were leaving Usain Bolt in the rear-view mirror.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he did not intend to “whip” the Republican vote against impeachment–he wouldn’t put his fellow party members on the spot and persuade them to let Trump off the hook. (McCarthy stated he opposes impeachment.)
At the time when this story made the rounds, the consensus was that maybe 10 House Republicans would vote in favor: https://bangordailynews.com/2021/01/12/national-politics/house-gop-wont-pressure-members-on-impeachment/
At 3 pm EST, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) held the first public update on their ongoing investigation of the events of January 6, 2021.
Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin said “People are going to be shocked by some of the egregious contact that happened in the Capitol”, and “The scope and the scale of this investigation into these cases are really unprecedented not only in FBI history but probably DOJ history in which essentially the Capitol grounds outside and inside are essentially a crime scene.”
A total of 70 cases had been charged to date, a number that Sherwin said would “geometrically increase”.
He added: “Just yesterday our office organized a strike force of very senior national security prosecutors and public corruption prosecutors. Their only marching orders from me are to build seditious and conspiracy charges related to the most heinous acts that occurred in the Capitol, and these are significant charges that have felonies with a prison terms of up to 20 years.”
So, the s-word was invoked.
See the full CNN story on the FBI-DOJ public announcement:
The House Judiciary Committee released a 76-page report on the January 6 insurrection to accompany the single article of Impeachment the House will vote on tomorrow:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell let the public know he was open to impeaching and removing Trump:
Liz Cheney, the third highest-ranking member of the House Republican leadership, and the only member of leadership who refused to challenge the results of the 2020 election, released a bracingly blunt statement that ended with, “I will vote to impeach the President.”
Read it here: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/12/politics/liz-cheney-trump-impeachment-statement/index.html
And Vice President Mike Pence formally notified Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that he will not invoke the 25th Amendment against Trump.
Scroll down to read his letter to her:
The House’s vote on impeachment is set for Wednesday, January 13–today, in other words.
It looks like Trump is almost certain to become the first American president to be impeached twice.
Whatever you think of Cheney’s politics (and they are noxious), she did the right thing at the right time and gave her House colleagues cover to vote to impeach.
Your task today is the same one you’ve done the last few days: Call your Members of Congress and tell them you want Trump gone yesterday.
And YES going to the trouble of making these calls will matter. Even if your MoCs totally get it and are frantic to push this forward. Even if they’re one of the 147 who voted to overturn the 2020 election results.
How do we know? Here’s anecdotal evidence in the form of a January 8, 2021 tweet from Rep. Don Beyer, who represents Virginia’s 8th District:
We are getting some of the highest call and email volume that we’ve seen since I took office from people urging Trump’s removal. I’m working with colleagues to accelerate impeachment, and also support invoking the 25th Amendment. I agree with my constituents: he has to go ASAP.
Step up and call or email all three of your MoCs. (Calling is preferable. Use email if no one picks up or if voicemail is full.) Then encourage friends and family to call their MoCs.
The drill: Call your House Rep first, then your Senators.
Find their contact information here:
Before you call, check the MoC’s social media feeds, so you can comment on what they’ve publicly said, or failed to say, about impeaching and removing Trump.
And yes, sorry, you do need to call them. Social media messages carry no weight with them.
If you don’t get a live person, leave a voicemail.
If their voicemail is full, find the email function on their official Member of Congress website (not their campaign site), and send them a message through that.
Sample script, which you should feel free to adapt to your own needs and wishes:
“Dear House Rep/Senator <Lastname>, I am <Firstname Lastname> from <town, state, zip code>.
I am calling/emailing to support the effort to impeach and remove President Donald Trump.
I realize he has less than two weeks left on his presidency. I still want him gone as soon as possible.
<For solid Dem House Reps and relatively brave GOP House Reps who voted to impeach: Thank you for voting in favor of impeaching Trump on an article of insurrection. You are doing exactly what I want you to do as my elected Congressional representative, and I thank you. (You can end the call at this point.)>
<For House Reps who were absent for no good reason, or voted present, or voted against impeachment: I note your failure to appear/your vote of “present”/your vote against impeachment and I am profoundly disappointed in your actions. I will remember this and keep this in mind when the 2022 elections approach.>
<For all Senators, regardless of their ideology: When the House of Representatives delivers its article of Impeachment, I expect you to vote to remove Trump as speedily as possible.>
Trump’s incitement of the attack on the Capitol Building on January 6 makes him a clear and present danger to our country.
He spoke at a D.C. rally, riled tens of thousands of his keenest fans up, and told them to march on the Capitol as the House and the Senate readied to certify the results of the 2020 election.
He is directly responsible for the insurrection.
He is directly responsible for the deaths of four of his supporters, and the death of a member of the Capitol’s police force.
He is directly responsible for putting hundreds of Congresspeople and their staffs in mortal danger.
If luck wasn’t with us on January 6, the insurrectionists could have killed Vice President Mike Pence and the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi–the second and third in the line of succession behind the president.
He has to go. He has to go NOW.
It’s important to deliver swift, clear, and overwhelming consequences to answer such foul and grave acts.
If we don’t move with speed and force, other evil-minded people, here and abroad, might try something like this in the future. We can’t have that.
Thank you for considering my request.”
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