Haaland says Congress should use impeachment to get to the truth

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

‘I can’t sit back while our communities live in fear because of this president’

New Mexico Rep. Debra Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, called for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald J. Trump yesterday.

She released a statement saying how he is “unfit to serve as president” since the day he took office.

“I can’t sit back while our communities live in fear because of this president. He and his friends continue to enrich themselves and abuse their power while New Mexicans are struggling. Meanwhile, the president and his administration stonewall Congress and refuse to cooperate with congressional investigations; they are impeding the ability of Congress to get to the truth,” Haaland said.

“Robert Mueller said it plainly: ‘the special counsel’s report does not exonerate this president.’ Congress has a constitutional tool to shed light on what this administration is hiding and to hold the president accountable. This isn’t political. There is growing evidence of impeachable offenses and I believe we have a responsibility to defend our Constitution and our Democracy. We must move forward with an impeachment inquiry. The president is not above the law.”

Haaland is one of a growing number of House Democrats who support the inquiry. And it’s the first step of the impeachment proceedings.

There are two ways to start impeachment, according to the U.S. House of Representatives Archives. One is introducing a bill. Two is the House can initiate an impeachment by passing a resolution to authorize an inquiry.

The Associated Press completed a tally last month and it showed that “nearly half” of the Democrats in the House support the inquiry, 114 out of 235. That includes one Republican who turned Independent, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.

A count by CNN said there are at least 122 Democrats in the House who support the inquiry.

However, even with those numbers Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, is the one who needs to push the process forward and she has been reluctant to do so.

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, told the AP last month that opening up an impeachment inquiry “will provide us a more formal way to uncover the facts.”

Two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, according to the U.S. House of Representatives Archives. Neither were convicted by the Senate after a trial. In an impeachment trial, the House would act as prosecutors, and the Senate would weigh the evidence, with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court acting as the judge. Two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote for a conviction to remove the president from office.

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Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, is the Washington editor for Indian Country Today based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @jourdanbb. Email: jbennett-begaye@indiancountrytoday.com.

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Bullhockey
Bullhockey

Liberal drama... Just stop! People love his "no bullshit" attitude. While the way he does it needs to be worked on, his following is gaining momentum....

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JulietF2
JulietF2

Your hero is a liar who can't keep track of his lies. He has enriched himself while in office and the only people who still follow him are his worshippers.

You mistake vulgarity and bullying for honesty and transparency. When he insults our allies, you think he's being forceful, and when he rolls over for dictators you think he's winning.

We've lost standing in the world and all our moral authority because of him. We're no longer the ones who can mediate international disputes or bring warring parties to the negotiating table. I suppose you think that's a demonstration of greatness.

The infidel potus
The infidel potus

Look, liberals, I get it , that u are just repeating the same old fake news , talking points.I get that , but we unlike u, belive in facts . So .

Can u provide proof of his lies Proof of his racism Proof of his no standing in the world

Facts please and if u tell me , that none of democrat politicians lie and their smooth talking points are all true. I have a nice bro to sell u in the grand canyons

Oldnoodles
Oldnoodles

You have been sucking that bong way too long honey. He at least doesn't cop a salary. Can't say that for Barry, Bushie or willy. They are still sucking up the Bennie's and Barry? Mr conspicuous overconsumer on the backs of taxpayers. You really need to glide out of your purple Haze. Stoned old ladies are just so ridiculous.

barbreader
barbreader

No one claims Democrats don't die. The issue is how much and how often. I'll provide some listings you ask for (I've posted a dozen from a dozen sources) but I don't know how many links they allow) for, and I"m sure you'll reject them all, if I linked to a million sources all more reliable than the few you accept. But here goes:

barbreader
barbreader

OK, I see that there are some sources that I cited twice. So here are more sources. Definitely more than the dozen I promised together with the last post.

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/21/the-top-ten-trump-lies-and-why-they-matter-with-daniel-dale/ https://theintercept.com/2019/06/03/donald-trump-meghan-markle-totalitarianism-lies/

barbreader
barbreader

That should have been lie not die.

JulietF2
JulietF2

He just makes money every time he goes to Mar-a-Lago or one of his properties. By law, no POTUS has ever paid for a vacation: taxpayers foot the bill. When he refused to move out of his gilded penthouse, the Secret Service paid HIS company to lease space in HIS tower. The Secret Service pay HIS company every time they accompany him to Mar-a-Lago.

He doesn't love you. He loves money and himself. Those of us who aren't rich are nothing but sources of adulation for him.

Goblue58
Goblue58

U dam damicrates r so stupid u couldn't run a shit house at alone a country trump will be reeiected president nothing u dam damicrates can do u all r trying to destroy this country all u all care about is those dam brown asses illegals they r nasty people we dont want them here and making r country nasty trump will continue to keep them out and u all will not impeach him u dont have the votes

Just daniel
Just daniel

Endless fishing expedition is on American. The man donates his salary every quarter. Cadillac over the hate I didn't hate Obama even though he constantly bullied and name called anybody who didn't agree with him literally saying you can come with us but you're going to have to ride in the back of the bus when referring to Republicans. Bitter clingers ring a bell speaking of my Bible and my second amendment right. Who are the bullies throwing objects at police officers, early insults and water and conservatives going to dinner, posting names and addresses for harassment of political donors. Visceral hateful My way or f off that's Democrats liberals and socialists

EyreMuse
EyreMuse

What is wrong with you people???? Seriously, why do you support a person who encourages police brutality, wants to fuck everything that moves, and extremely poor at making decisions? Where did all your morals and values go? I feel sick to my stomach reading racist comments. You blame the Democrats for everything that people refuse to put up with, try blaming the person you see in the mirror. I feel sorry for the lot of you.


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