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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.”

READ: AOC Joins Impeachment Resolution After The Mueller Report

Cardi B Has An Important Message About The Deaths Of George Floyd And Breonna Taylor

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Cardi B Has An Important Message About The Deaths Of George Floyd And Breonna Taylor

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Thank heavens for Cardi B because boy does the Dominican rapper know how to use her voice.

Since her rise to fame, the hitmaker has made a point to use her platform to raise awareness of the issues she finds important. From politics to our world leaders, the rapper has done her due diligence to break down current events to her followers.

Fortunately, she’s up to it again.

Last week, the rapper took to Twitter to open up about the protests breaking out across the country in an effort to demand justice for the wrongful deaths of Black people killed by police.

You might have already heard about the protests that broke out over the weekend which outcried the wrongful deaths of two Black people: George Floyd a Black man from Minnesota who was killed while being restrained by the police on May 25. The other, Breonna Taylor a 26-year-old woman, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers on March 13, 2020.

In regards to their recent deaths, Cardi B  shared her thoughts and a call to action.

“Seeing people looting and going extremely outraged, you know, it makes me feel like, ‘Yes, finally! Finally motherf****** is gonna hear us now. Yeah!’” the rapper said in her Instagram post. “And as much as people is so against it, at this point, I feel like I’m not against it, even though it do scare me and I don’t want anybody to get hurt, but it’s really frustrating. You want to know why? Because police brutality been going on even way before I was born, but it has been more visual ever since social media started getting poppin.’ And ever since, let’s say Instagram started–just one app–let’s say since Instagram started, how many peaceful protests have we seen? How many trending hashtags have we seen? These hashtags keep freakin’ repeating themselves. I feel like I’ve done videos against police brutality… I feel like this is my seventh time. I’ve been doing f*ckin’ police brutality videos ever since my teeth been f*cked up, and the only shit that changed has been my f****** teeth. You know what I’m saying? People are tired, so now their tired is showing that it’s, “Oh motherf*ckers are educated. Motherf*ckers can take the grown and adult way and act peaceful people are tired of that, so now this is what people have to resort to.”

Cardi B continued her post telling her fans to vote in the upcoming general elections.

“And another thing, I also want to say this: Another way for people to take power–I don’t want to make everything political, but it is what it is–it’s by voting. And when I say voting, I’m not only talking about the President. We could vote for mayors. We could vote for judges, and we could also vote for DA’s–district attorneys. Yes, we could vote for these people, for our county. We sure can. The people that are voting for these people are most likely cops, most likely rednecks; that’s why every single time some fuck shit like this happens, it goes to their favor, because these people have the power–DA’s, these judges, these attorneys–they have the power to prosecute these cops when they do f***s***,” she said

It didn’t take long for users to respond to Cardi’s post with support and words of heartbreak.

We will win this!

Puerto Rico Is Planning To Vote On U.S. Statehood Once Again And Here’s Why So Many Are Against The Idea

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Puerto Rico Is Planning To Vote On U.S. Statehood Once Again And Here’s Why So Many Are Against The Idea

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Puerto Rican’s are no stranger to referendums. Since 1967, they’ve had five chances to make their opinions known on U.S. statehood and each and every time, their voice hasn’t been listened to. Congress has failed to take up the issue after each referendum and local leaders are often guilty of using the referendum simply to drudge up support for their candidates.

But this upcoming referendum is different in that it comes at a crossroads for Puerto Rican politics. The island has been plagued by natural disasters, political scandals, and unprecedented hate crimes. Even Bad Bunny is letting his thoughts out on the referendum and many others have lots to say on the issue.

For the first time in the island’s history, the referendum will ask a single question: Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a U.S. state?

On Saturday, Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood Republican governor, Wanda Vázquez, announced yet another vote on the question (the sixth since 1967 and the third since 2012). It’s a move that comes amid growing frustration with the island’s territorial government and its relationship with the mainland.

However, it’s a question that also outraged the island’s independence supporters and members of the main opposition Popular Democratic Party – which supports the status quo.

But it’s a gamble that members of the governor’s pro-statehood party are confident will pay off given that Puerto Rico has struggled to obtain federal funds for hurricanes Irma and Maria, a string of recent strong earthquakes and the coronavirus pandemic amid growing complaints that the island does not receive fair and equal treatment.

“Our people will have the opportunity once and for all to define our future,” Vázquez said. “It’s never too late to be treated as equals.”

The upcoming referendum is just the recent in a long line of previously failed ones.

In the past, voters have been asked more than one question and presented with various options, including independence or continuing with the current territorial status – but none of them have ever been as direct as the upcoming one scheduled for the November 3 general election.

However, many on the island see the referendum as little more than a political move by the governor’s New Progressive Party to get voters out on Nov 3 – to boost her party’s candidates.

The New Progressive Party has been rattled with scandal after scandal and many are ready for change.

The past few years have not been good for the party – or the island for that matter. A string of devastating hurricanes, a severe debt crisis, ongoing corruption scandals that even forced a pro-statehood governor to resign, earthquakes, and now a global pandemic – have all led to challenging times in Puerto Rico. To some observers, the idea seems to be: Let’s dangle the illusion of a yes or no statehood referendum (nonbinding) that is already dead on arrival?

Many also feel that Gov. Vasquez is not truly authorized to make such a decision since she was never actually elected to the office. Instead, she became governor after Ricardo Rosselló was forced to resign following massive protests.

Meanwhile, the Republican government on the island doesn’t even have the support of the Republican-led federal government. The Trump administration’s blunt response was basically, “The first priority for all Puerto Rico leaders should be getting their financial house in order.”

This coming November, there will be plenty of incentive to vote “no” and punish the Vázquez administration. Even prominent figures such as Bad Bunny are jumping into the fray against her leadership.

What would statehood mean for Puerto Rico?

Statehood would award Puerto Rico two senators and five representatives, but it’s unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge the referendum because Puerto Rico tends to favor Democrats.

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but cannot vote in U.S. presidential elections. And while the island is exempt from the U.S. federal income tax, it still pays Social Security and Medicare and local taxes and receives less federal funding than U.S. states. Many believe the island’s territorial status has contributed to its struggle to recover from the hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as worsened its economic crisis, largely caused by decades of heavy borrowing and the elimination of federal tax incentives.