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Democrats Are Demanding An Impeachment Inquiry After Stalemate In Subpoena War With Trump

Progressive Democrats like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders have been calling for an impeachment inquiry since news of Russian interference broke. As that investigation has developed, Congress has become concerned that the executive branch is ignoring its subpoenas, arguing that it effectively eliminates congressional oversight. Trump’s consistent resistance to congressional investigations has prompted a growing number of House Judiciary Committee members to agree that Congress should launch an impeachment inquiry.

As social media continues to be an effective avenue to communicate with legislators, folks have been taking to Twitter to add their voice to a growing quell of support for an impeachment inquiry.

An impeachment inquiry is not the same thing as impeachment as we know it.

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The Trump administration has ignored all Congressional subpoena requests. By invoking an impeachment inquiry, Congress would legally strengthen their asks. The purpose of an inquiry is to gather more information to discover whether a president is indeed threatening American democracy or perhaps not.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes not to impeach would weaken the Constitution.

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If the House of Representatives doesn’t vote on impeachment, AOC argues that it would be in violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution and preserve the rule of law.

Yes, even if the GOP-controlled Senate blocks the inquiry.

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The reason talks of impeachment have floated without any action for so long is because some members of the House believe that to do so without knowing they have GOP support in the Senate would look like bad politics. Freshman Congresswoman AOC has that oath fresh in her memory and is trying to keep politics out of it. AOC argues it’s the House’s duty.

She argues that the unwillingness to impeach, with so much public support, is damaging the public’s trust in democracy.

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The politics involved are substantial. When the GOP impeached Clinton, the following 1998 midterms were catastrophic for the party. It is really important that our elected leaders take the calls for an impeachment inquiry very carefully.

For those of us who aren’t entrenched in the swamp, the whole situation begs the question.

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What is going on here? The President has gone so far as to reach out to censor witnesses, who are no longer employed by the government, from testifying on public documents.

Speaker Pelosi is not on board with an impeachment inquiry just yet.

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Trump’s public approval rating is at an all-time high for the president at 42 percent. Still, Pelosi only wants to follow through on proceedings if something so immoral happens that most Republicans would get on board.

The latest shoe to drop was when POTUS blocked former Counsel Don McGahn from testifying to Congress Tuesday.

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McGahn is a key witness given that he’s the most-cited witness in Mueller’s investigation report. He also testified to Mueller witness accounts of Trump’s interference with the probe.

The #ImpeachmentInquiryNow hashtag is officially trending after McGhan defied his subpoena.

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#TrumpObstructedJustice also trended for a long time showing the overwhelming frustration with the current administration. There has been a lot of news about the administration’s willingness to work outside of the proper realms, yet they seem to skate by unfazed.

Texas Representative Joaquin Castro spoke out on Twitter, agreeing that impeachment may be the only option left.

No one is calling for an impeachment. That needs to be made clear. U.S. citizens are calling for the Congress to do their job and open an inquiry into whether or not the president committed impeachable offenses. One would think that someone with nothing to fear would be fine with an inquiry.

Ultimately, citizens are calling for truth.

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What Americans are witnessing is a block to some truth. Many believe that Trump is making himself look guilty by blocking this information to Congress.

Some citizens are calling on our representatives to impeach.

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Right now, that means Democrats are looking at Speaker Pelosi to begin proceedings. According to Vox, Pelosi told reporters that impeachment is becoming a growing option.

When they are saying unless you have a legislative purpose, you cannot ask any questions [and] you cannot investigate — one of the purposes the Constitution spells out for investigation is impeachment,” Pelosi told Vox. “So you can say, and the courts would respect if you said, ‘We need this information to carry out our oversight responsibilities, and among them is impeachment.’

No inquiry has been submitted yet, but America is watching.

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Some Democrats believe they can simply jail or fine administration officials who deny subpoenas with contempt of court. Representative Bill Pascrell told Vox, “We don’t need impeachment. The authority and powers of the Article 1 branch are very clear; they’re laid out. And the penalties are laid out as well. So I say invoke the penalties, you gotta put the heat on these boys. We have the law on our side.”

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been sworn in as the 46th president and the 49th vice president of the United States of America. The new administration has been sworn in and the inauguration was a beautiful representation of America with people of color and women taking center stage.

Lady Gaga kicked off the 59th inauguration by singing the national anthem.

In 2017, Lady Gaga famously participated in the Women’s March the day after former President Trump’s inauguration. Four years later, the singer proudly took to the Capitol to usher in the beginning of the Biden/Harris administration. Dressed in custom Schiaparelli, Lady Gaga performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and left people speechless.

Vice President Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This was a special moment. The first Latina to ever serve on the Supreme Court was the one to swear in the first woman, first Black, and first South Asian vice president. It was a historical moment that will forever change the United States.

Justice Sotomayor has made a name for herself in American pop culture because of her blistering dissents. As the first Latina on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor opened possibilities for Latinas. We basically watched one icon swear in another icon and it is everything.

The most exciting moment of the inauguration might have been Jennifer Lopez and her remix of an American classic.

Lopez sang “This Land Is Your Land” but added a special twist. During the song, Lopez stops and says, “Una nacion, bajo de dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.” Translated, she said, “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” That’s right. The Puerto Rican pop superstar used her moment at the nation’s Capitol building to give a shout out to all the Latinos who call the U.S. home.

Of course, the most iconic moment was J.Lo shouting “Let’s get loud.”

We all know that song. We are all singing it now after reading those three words. It was truly one of the most impactful moments of her performance. Only an icon could turn “This Land is Your Land” into a greatest hits medley. We are all better for having witnessed it.

However, it was 22-year-old Amanda Gorman that stole the entire show.

The Youth Poet Laureate was chosen to speak at the inauguration and she youngest inaugural poet of all time. She joins the impressive ranks of Maya Angelou, Richard Blanco, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poem, written right after the Capitol riot. It was relevant, poignant, and moving.

“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.”

And, of course, Joseph Robinette Biden became the 46th president of the United States of America.

“Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now. A once-in-a-century virus that silently stalks the country,” President Biden said. “It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some four hundred years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

“The cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, unity.”

Welcome to the White House President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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