AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW YORK CITY CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
July 25, 2019
Dear Representatives Clarke, Engel, Espaillat, Jeffries, Maloney, Meeks, Meng, Nadler, Ocasio-Cortez, Rose, Serrano and Velázquez,
Following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony yesterday, we join together today to express our deep concern that the New York City Congressional delegation is not united in its support for an impeachment inquiry into abuses of power and apparent crimes by President Donald J. Trump.
While we thank those of you that have taken a public stance in favor of launching an impeachment inquiry- including Representatives Clarke, Espaillat, Maloney, Ocasio-Cortez and Velázquez - we believe that today you must unite in your support for the use of the full scope of the Judiciary Committee’s constitutional power to hold the President accountable.
Representatives Engel, Jeffries, Meeks, Meng, Nadler, Rose and Serrano - it is time for you to join your colleagues and proclaim your public support for Congress to exercise its constitutional obligation to hold President Trump accountable. It is time to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump.
For months, we’ve been asked to wait – wait for the Mueller report, wait for testimony about the Mueller report, wait for Mueller's testimony about the Mueller report, wait for bipartisan consensus, wait for impeachment to poll better.
Yesterday’s testimony once again made it clear: the time to wait is over. With 10 distinct episodes of obstruction of justice already documented in the Mueller report and now in his public testimony, human rights abuses being uncovered with alarming regularity, continuing violations of the emoluments clause and the Trump administration defying subpoenas for both documents and testimony on a range of issues, waiting is not the answer.
New Yorkers worked hard to help Democrats win back the House, traveling to districts from Riverhead to Staten Island to the Hudson Valley, and even to New Jersey and Pennsylvania and beyond, to knock on doors and tell our fellow citizens that a vote for a Democrat was a vote for holding the Trump administration accountable. No matter what Speaker Pelosi may conclude, New Yorkers deserve Congressional leaders willing to do just that.
We need you to do your constitutional duty to rein in the Trump administration and defend our communities. We understand the political risks, and we make a commitment to you: if you take this step, we will be there to support you through any fallout you may face.
In the very near future, the Trump era will be one that evokes the question – what did you do to protect American democracy from corruption and authoritarianism? We know we are doing our part. We urge you to do the same, to use your power to lead and present a unified front on behalf of the New York Congressional delegation.
The time to launch an impeachment inquiry is now.
The NYC Coalition to Impeach
Empire State Indivisible • Indivisible Nation BK • By the People • Four Freedoms Democratic Club • Indivisible Activate NYC • Indivisible Brooklyn • Indivisible Harlem • Rise and Resist • Common Defense • True Blue NY • Persist NY • Indivisible Upper East Side • NYCD-16 Indivisible • March For Truth • Inwood Indivisible • One Queens Indivisible • Fight Back Bay Ridge • To Do List Indivisible • Northwest Bronx Indivisible • Need to Impeach
A CALL TO ACTION
Donald Trump's abuses of our communities and country demand action from Congress, which has the responsibility and authority to hold Trump accountable. The next crucial step is an inquiry into whether to draft articles of impeachment.
The New York City Coalition to Impeach Trump came together for a national day of action on June 15th, 2019. Now, we are committed to future actions devoted to advancing the case for opening an impeachment inquiry, and pressuring members of Congress to hold this dangerous President to account.
Organizations participating in NYC Coalition to Impeach Trump activities- including the June 15th, 2019 rally- have included Empire State Indivisible, Need to Impeach, Indivisible Nation BK, Black Lives Matter Greater New York, CREDO Mobile, By the People, The New York Immigrant Coalition, Four Freedoms Democratic Club, Indivisible Activate NYC, Indivisible Queens, Indivisible Westchester Districts 6&7, Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible Action Group, Action Group Network, Indivisible Harlem, Indivisible New Rochelle, True Blue NY, Persist NY, Common Defense Indivisible Upper East Side, NYCD-16 Indivisible, Inwood Indivisible, One Queens Indivisible, Fight Back Bay Ridge, To Do List Indivisible and more. If your group is interested in joining, please contact us.