News & Events


June 26, 2019

Our impeachment imperative
Article II, section 4 of our U.S. Constitution :
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United states, shall be removed from Office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors .

“The Framers wisely intended the phrase ‘or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ to include undermining the Constitution and similar, ‘great offenses against the federal government (like abuse of power) even if they are not necessarily crimes.’”
P rofessors Ronald Rotunda and John Nowak,
a 1986 treatise on constitutional law

“A president should be impeached for conduct that so taints or corrupts the presidency, he or she must be removed to preserve the integrity of American government.
Peter Brandon Bayer,
Associate Professor of Law, at UNLV ,
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Until recently, I was unsure about whether or not action by our U.S. House of Representatives to develop articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump was a good idea. With the 2020 presidential race now underway, a lot of people, including me, have been concerned that weekly news stories about the Democrat-controlled House “going after” the sitting Republican president would give President Trump an ongoing campaign issue that could lead to his reelection.
 
Certainly it would fire up Trump’s most zealous supporters, although probably not add more people of equal zeal to their numbers. The fact is, Trump’s approval ratings have steadily declined since his inauguration. Do we want to risk doing something that might help him regain public sympathy?
 
Also, a drawn out impeachment crisis would no doubt overshadow any other congressional activity, no matter how impressive it might be. As long as impeachment was dominating the news, critically important issues like climate change, the infrastructure and poverty would receive less public attention and discussion.
 
Of at least equal concern, impeachment hearings might give Republican candidates in “swing” congressional districts recently won by Democrats a campaign issue to help them win back seats and potentially regain control of the U.S. House next year. Might Lauren Underwood, Cheri Bustos and others be put in danger?
 
Some Democratic Party strategists also point to what happened in 1998 following President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the U.S. House. He was acquitted by the Senate and went on to see his voter approval rating soar to as high as 73%! He left office with a record setting 66% positive rating. -- The prospect that an impeachment attack on Trump could lead to a similar result isn’t out of the question, although it does seem unlikely. 
 
The charges against Clinton stemmed from his lying to federal authorities concerning an extramarital sexual relationship; his lies then obstructing judicial procedures. A lot of the American public, Democrats and Republicans, viewed Clinton’s reckless behavior as irresponsible, stupid, sleazy. However, grounds for impeachment? Not really. The zeal of his congressional attackers was transparently political (and for more than a few of them wildly hypocritical).
 
On the other hand, the case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump feels much more legitimate. In 2016 a foreign government invaded the election process of our United States. This is a fact no longer disputed (except occasionally by President Trump). The investigation that followed this shocking event was long and in depth. Robert Mueller’s 400-page report, though highly redacted, contained enough unredacted information to strongly suggest efforts by President Donald Trump to obstruct this federal investigation did occur.
 
Here are ten potential offenses: Trump -- asked the FBI Director to shut down the investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s dealings with Russia; he admitted he fired FBI Director Comey because of the Russia investigation; he ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller; he attempted to curtail the Special Counsel investigation; he prevented the public disclosure of evidence; he urged Attorney General Sessions to un-recuse from the Russia investigation; he directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to create false documents that covered up the truth from investigators; he tried to discourage Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn from cooperating with the Mueller investigation; he encouraged his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie about Trump Tower Moscow; he tried to get Michael Cohen not to cooperate with the investigation.
 
The nearly 600 words you’ve just read pretty much sum up the debate that’s gone on in my head concerning a Trump impeachment.
 
So far, House Speaker Pelosi has remained noncommittal toward opening such action. Some believe she’s waiting until the weight of information against Donald Trump is so overwhelming that the majority of the American public and even some congressional Republicans will agree that impeachment must begin.
 
A few days ago a Fox survey showed that 43% of registered voters now favor the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump, another 7% favor impeachment but not removal. These numbers have steadily been rising over the past year. The percentage of voters who believe the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia has now reached 50%. -- I'm sure Speaker Pelosi is aware of these numbers.

James Madison urged that impeachment is appropriate for “loss of capacity, or corruption [that] might be fatal to the republic.” (Does  obstructing an investigation into a foreign invasion of our political process qualify?)
 
Our 9th District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has now publicly stated she supports starting impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump. So has our neighboring Congressman Sean Casten. Others may eventually follow.
 
And where have I landed on this? Despite the plausible reasons against it, I’ve concluded impeachment should begin. However, my reasoning isn’t based on political pros and cons. I’ve simply asked myself, “Why even have language in our nation’s constitution if it is going to be completely ignored?” If there ever was an American president who’s actions meet our constitution’s criteria for impeachment, we have one right now. If we let Donald Trump completely get away with “conduct that so taints and corrupts the presidency” what will stop him or some other president from even more pernicious behavior in the future?

Nels Howard
NTD Member Since 1973
New Trier Democrats' Events
This Saturday, June 29 in Glencoe -- Come visit the New Trier Dems' table at the Glencoe Sidewalk sale.

Come say hello. Our table will be in the same location as last year, on the Vernon Avenue side of MB Financial Bank (now Fifth third Bank). The Bank is on the south east corner of Park and Vernon. There's a lot of political news in the air, so stop bvy for some conversation.

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Visit New Trier Democrats this Summer at Area Sidewalk Sales

Visit us at the upcoming Glencoe, Winnetka and Wilmette Sidewalk Sales. We would love to see you – whether to chat politics, sign up to become a member, check out local volunteering opportunities or fill out a political survey.

Glencoe Sidewalk Sale: June 29, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Winnetka Sidewalk Sale: July 19, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Wilmette Summerfest & Sidewalk Sale: July 20, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
July 22, 2019: New Trier Democrats’ Annual Meet & Greet

When : Monday, July 22, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
What : It’s our Annual Meet & Greet at Avli! We will have delicious Greek nibbles, refreshing drinks and lots of liberal conversation with fellow Democrats, office holders and candidates. This is a great opportunity to see your local representatives in person, as well as candidates running for office. Don’t miss this event!
Other Events of Interest

Inclusion in our "Other Events of Interest" List – whether it’s a fundraising event for a specific candidate or an event concerning a particular issue – does not mean that the New Trier Democrats have endorsed that candidate or adopted that position on an issue.


This Saturday, June 29, 2019
A Reception with Presidential Candidate
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
3:00 to 4:30 PM Home of Kris & Rob Schriesheim
Winnetka address available upon RSVP .
Thursday, July 4, 2019: March in Local Parades with Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
Reception with Presidential Candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Saturday, June 29th
3:00 to 4:30 PM
Home of Kris & Rob Schriesheim
Winnetka address available upon RSVP

When : Thursday, July 4, 2019: Glenview 10:45am to noon; Skokie 11:45am to 1:15pm; and Evanston 1:45pm to 3:00pm
Where : Glenview, Skokie and Evanston
What : This year Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz will have the honor of marching in 4th of July parades throughout the 17th District. They would love to have you march with them as they celebrate America’s birthday! They will be marching in the Glenview, Skokie and Evanston parades this year, and would love to have you join Jennifer and her family at one or all of these parade locations. If interested,  please complete the RSVP to receive parade day details.
Bob Morgan
Tuesday, July 9, 2019: Rep. Bob Morgan’s Summer Kickoff

When : Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where : District Brew Yards, 417 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. Street parking off Ashland Green & Pink Line Station and the Ashland & Grand bus stop.
What : Kick off the summer with an evening in support of State Representative Bob Morgan. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online  or contact Joey Slater at 312-448-8014 or email joey@newchicagoconsultingllc.com.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019: State Sen. Gabel’s Chief of Staff Available for Assistance

When : Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Where : New Trier Township Hall, 739 Elm St., Winnetka
What : Robyn Gabel’s Chief of Staff, Karen McCormick, will be available to answer questions about State of Illinois services. Township residents and neighbors are encouraged to drop by during the scheduled office hours.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Rooftop Reception For Robyn Gabel

When : Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where : Five & Dime Rooftop, 1026 Davis St, Evanston
What : Join Robyn Gabel, Illinois State Representative for the 18th District, for her Annual Summer Reception. To RSVP or for more information contact Katy Langenfeld at 312-600-9496 or katy@kjdstrategies.com, or  register online .
Thursday, July 18, 2019: Youth Brain Trust’s Launch Party

When : Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where : Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights
What : The Youth Brain Trust is a progressive, student run non-profit focused on increasing civic engagement among youths. On Thursday, July 18th, The Youth Brain Trust will be officially launching at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, IL. The event will take place from 7-9pm on the second floor. Free parking will be available downstairs. Speakers list will be released soon. For more information,  please visit their event page .
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