Everything you need to understand the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump

What will the impeachment inquiry into President Trump look like? What impeachable offenses will be investigated? Here are some the answers.

The United States House of Representatives finally started an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, but the evidence of criminal behavior by Trump and his associates has been clear for a long time. Let’s take a look at what an impeachment inquiry could look like and what evidence there is against Trump.  

Common Cause released an in-depth report in July 2019 laying out the case for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump and how an inquiry would work in Congress. You can read that report here: The Case for an Impeachment Inquiry of President Trump.

We delivered this report to every member of Congress to urge the House start an impeachment inquiry, and you can read our letter to Congress that accompanied the report here. At the same time, Common Cause launched a new website – impeachmentinquiry.org – to help Americans contact their member of Congress and ask them to support an impeachment investigation.

The evidence of Trump’s impeachable conduct is overwhelming. The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and the whistleblower complaint on Trump soliciting campaign help from Ukraine both offer clear examples of impeachable offenses, including obstruction of justice and abuse of power. Those offenses, of course, are in addition to the fact that Trump is likely violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause by retaining ownership of businesses and profiting off the presidency, Trump’s dereliction of duty when it comes to protecting our elections from foreign interference, and Trump’s ongoing mismanagement of the executive branch. The other major pieces of impeachment  evidence against Trump are his campaign finance violations, which Common Cause has been documenting since he took office.

Common Cause’s Vice President for Policy & Litigation Paul S. Ryan has written a series of op-eds in Just Security detailing Trump’s campaign finance violations, including his solicitation of election help from the Ukraine as described in a recent whistleblower complaint, the Mueller report and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal:

Throughout Trump’s presidency, Common Cause has filed seven complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Department of Justice alleging Donald Trump, his campaign, and several members of his inner circle violated numerous campaign finance laws:

With the Department of Justice being run by Attorney General Bill Barr, a Trump loyalist who has improperly intervened in multiple cases to protect the president, and the FEC lacking a quorum to do anything, the House’s impeachment inquiry is the only realistic route for the American people to get the full truth and accountability. Now we must make sure that impeachment investigation is done expeditiously and transparently with open hearings.