I had sent my member of Congress — also Democratic Caucus vice-chair — a comment and made a phone call, supporting impeachment. Her response is below.
tl;dr: “We’re doing lots of investigation.” The widely-held impression is that they’re going slowly and timidly. So make of this what you will.
Dear Mr. Blandy,
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about impeaching President Donald Trump. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on this issue and would like to give you an update.
This week, Representative Al Green brought up Articles of Impeachment on the House floor. A motion to table the resolution – effectively ending its consideration – was brought to a vote. I think we should consider every possible tool to hold this lawless President accountable, which is why I opposed that motion. T he American people deserve answers, and no tool, including impeachment, should be taken off the table in our efforts to follow the facts.
While I believe President Trump has committed impeachable offenses, impeachment is a process, not an outcome. I also believe the GOP Senate when they say that there is no evidence that could be brought to light in an impeachment inquiry that would result in them convicting and removing the President from office. That is why I support the strategy of aggressively using the courts to enforce subpoenas and document requests that have been issued by the House as part of our fact finding. My goal is to expose the facts for the American people without emboldening the President with an “exoneration” in the Senate.
The Democratic House has launched dozens of investigations into the administration’s numerous ethical and legal violations, including investigations into the President’s financial dealings with Deutsche Bank, the accuracy of his tax returns, his nepotistic misuse of security clearances, and his campaign’s willingness to benefit from foreign election inference. We have held hearings, issued subpoenas, and taken this administration to federal court in pursuit of the truth. The most prominent investigation into the administration, however, was the Special Counsel investigation conducted by Robert Mueller. Although incomplete, Mr. Mueller’s report that was release in April found that President Trump repeatedly tried to sabotage the Special Counsel investigation, pressuring members of his staff to help him end the investigation. The report also detailed a litany of lies members of the administration, including the President, told to the press and the public. Critically, the report did not exonerate the President on charges of obstruction of justice. Mr. Mueller will be testifying in front of two Congressional committees next week, and I will be carefully assessing next steps after his testimony.
We must aggressively move forward with these investigations until we have fully exposed the President’s violations of the law and brought to light all of this administration’s corruption. The House is committed to seeing these investigations to their completion, and I will continue to do everything in my power to hold this President accountable.
Again, thank you for voicing your concerns, and please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I may be of assistance. Also, you can stay up to date on my work for the 5th District by following me on Facebook , Twitter , and my official website .
Katherine M. Clark
Member of Congress