Dear MoveOn member,
Today, we're doing something we've never done before in the history of MoveOn: We're calling for the impeachment of the president of the United States.
We've held off on taking this step even as Donald Trump's scandals have continued to unfold. We didn't want to jump to conclusions. But former FBI Director James Comey's testimony today confirmed that Trump used his power as president to pressure the FBI to drop the investigation into his team's ties to Russia—and that's exactly the kind of abuse that our nation's founders meant by "high crimes and misdemeanors."
And that's why it's finally time to say it: Donald Trump must be impeached.
The drive to impeachment won't be quick or easy. We'll need to sustain a big, powerful effort, so we're asking you: Will chip in $5 a month to press for the full truth about and accountability for Donald Trump?
Impeachment is not a word to throw around lightly. For example, although George W. Bush lied to get us into war, MoveOn never called for him to be impeached.
But we're not the only ones who are now calling for Trump's impeachment. In fact, formal articles of impeachment were just introduced in the House.1 Even Republicans in Congress have openly raised it as a possibility.2 Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said yesterday that Richard Nixon's Watergate "pales" in comparison to the Trump-Russia scandal (and remember, Nixon resigned and faced impeachment because of it).3
Even before Comey's testimony today, 43% of Americans said that Trump should be impeached. In fact, more people support impeaching Trump than approve of his job performance.4
Our work ahead is clear: We will amplify the righteous call for truth and accountability, build pressure on congressional Republicans to put their country before their party, and prepare to hold Republicans accountable if they stonewall and cover for Trump for the next 18 months. And we'll also need to continue fighting to block Trump's toxic agenda, which may become even more reckless as Trump lashes out in reaction to each new damning revelation about him.
This is a new phase of the resistance. And while we're prepared to work for as long as it takes to hold Trump accountable, we can't do it without your ongoing support. Will you chip in $5 a month to make our work possible?
With the stakes this high, we are more grateful than ever for all you do.
–Anna, Jo, Milan, Nick, and the rest of the team
1. "Trump Impeachment Process Set to Begin as Democrat Al Green Files Articles," Newsweek, June 7, 2017
2. "Republican Carlos Curbelo Wants You to Know He Mentioned Impeachment First," NBC News, March 31, 2017
3. "Watergate 'pales' compared with Trump-Russia: former U.S. intelligence head," Reuters, June 7, 2017
4. "Support for Donald Trump's Impeachment Is Now Higher than His Approval Rating," Newsweek, June 5, 2017
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