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#ImpeachmentMarch, Lafayette Sq

July 2, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

STARTING AT LAFAYETTE SQ, with Tabling at 1:30. Rally and March 2-3 pm (going up Court St 2:20; to arrive at and go around Niagara Square; back down Court to Lafayette Square for conclusion).

We’ll focus on Constitutional Law and what constitutes High Crimes and Misdemeanors; legal, moral, and ethical principles. Our tone will be serious and somber: this is a nonpartisan issue, and our democracy could hang in the balance.
We will have a legal opinion from Constitutional Law professor(s) from UB Law School. Our tone is serious and somber: this is a nonpartisan issue, and our democracy could hang in the balance.

We’ll also stand up for health care, racial justice, the Environment, and immigrants and refugees.

Endorsers include Burning Books, Center for Economic Justice, Citizen Action, Indigenous Women’s Initiative, Interfaith Peace Network, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, PeaceActionNYS, Peace Education Project, Peace Education Fund, PeaceJam Buffalo, Stronger Together WNY, and Veterans for Peace #128; and individuals include UB Law Professors Nicole Hallett, and Martha McCluskey; Daire Brian Irwin, Esq; and Community Leaders Sam Radford and Dr. Patricia Johnson.

Constitutional Law Professor Martha McCluskey, said:


Our Constitution and our democracy establish that no person is above the law, and to achieve that goal the Constitution includes impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors as a check by Congress on the President’s power.

Impeachment  should be reserved for Presidential wrongdoing that shows a fundamental disregard for the principle that the President must follow the law in exercising the public power of that office.  It should not be used as a tool for political or legal disagreements about a particular constitutional provision or policy, or for personal wrongdoing that does not directly implicate the President’s official duties as leader of the nation.  In the case of the Trump administration, the questions of obstruction of justice and brazen violations of the emoluments clause deserve serious examination as grounds for impeachment.  These issues cut to the core of our democracy by threatening the very rule of law and the legitimacy of all the President’s official actions.

In addition to the impeachment process, however, it is important that we also restore faith in democracy by going beyond controlling abusive government power  to mobilize our constitutional system to address the many important needs for peace and justice that get shortchanged when power is corrupted for unlawful personal gain.  We need to also demand a government that values human rights, economic security, equal and accessible justice, peace, health, education and all the other good things WNY Peace Center and its allies are working hard to advance.

Martha McCluskey
Professor of Law and William J. Magavern Fellow
University at Buffalo, State University of New York


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Prof. McCluskey also refers us to the article by Lawrence Tribe; it is reproduced below.

Democracy Dies in Darkness

Opinions  Washington Post

Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.

A look at President Trump’s first year in office, so far

The president’s term has featured controversial executive orders and frequent conflicts with the media.

By Laurence H. Tribe, May 13

Laurence H. Tribe is Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School.

The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.

The remedy of impeachment was designed to create a last-resort mechanism for preserving our constitutional system. It operates by removing executive-branch officials who have so abused power through what the framers called “high crimes and misdemeanors” that they cannot be trusted to continue in office.

No American president has ever been removed for such abuses, although Andrew Johnson was impeached and came within a single vote of being convicted by the Senate and removed, and Richard Nixon resigned to avoid that fate.

Now the country is faced with a president whose conduct strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our system of government.

Ample reasons existed to worry about this president, and to ponder the extraordinary remedy of impeachment, even before he fired FBI Director James B. Comey and shockingly admitted on national television that the action was provoked by the FBI’s intensifying investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia.

Even without getting to the bottom of what Trump dismissed as “this Russia thing,” impeachable offenses could theoretically have been charged from the outset of this presidency. One important example is Trump’s brazen defiance of the foreign emoluments clause, which is designed to prevent foreign powers from pressuring U.S. officials to stray from undivided loyalty to the United States. Political reality made impeachment and removal on that and other grounds seem premature.

No longer. To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.

Comey’s summary firing will not stop the inquiry, yet it represented an obvious effort to interfere with a probe involving national security matters vastly more serious than the “third-rate burglary” that Nixon tried to cover up in Watergate. The question of Russian interference in the presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign go to the heart of our system and ability to conduct free and fair elections.

Consider, too, how Trump embroiled Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite Sessions’s recusal from involvement in the Russia investigation, in preparing admittedly phony justifications for the firing on which Trump had already decided. Consider how Trump used the vice president and White House staff to propagate a set of blatant untruths — before giving an interview to NBC’s Lester Holt that exposed his true motivation.

Trump accompanied that confession with self-serving — and manifestly false — assertions about having been assured by Comey that Trump himself was not under investigation. By Trump’s own account, he asked Comey about his investigative status even as he was conducting the equivalent of a job interview in which Comey sought to retain his position as director.

Further reporting suggests that the encounter was even more sinister, with Trump insisting that Comey pledge “loyalty” to him in order to retain his job. Publicly saying he saw nothing wrong with demanding such loyalty, the president turned to Twitter with a none-too-subtle threat that Comey would regret any decision to disseminate his version of his conversations with Trump — something that Comey has every right, and indeed a civic duty, to do.

To say that this does not in itself rise to the level of “obstruction of justice” is to empty that concept of all meaning. Obstruction of justice was the first count in the articles of impeachment against Nixon and, years later, a count against Bill Clinton. In Clinton’s case, the ostensible obstruction consisted solely in lying under oath about a sordid sexual affair that may have sullied the Oval Office but involved no abuse of presidential power as such.

But in Nixon’s case, the list of actions that together were deemed to constitute impeachable obstruction reads like a forecast of what Trump would do decades later — making misleading statements to, or withholding material evidence from, federal investigators or other federal employees; trying to interfere with FBI or congressional investigations; trying to break through the FBI’s shield surrounding ongoing criminal investigations; dangling carrots in front of people who might otherwise pose trouble for one’s hold on power.

It will require serious commitment to constitutional principle, and courageous willingness to put devotion to the national interest above self-interest and party loyalty, for a Congress of the president’s own party to initiate an impeachment inquiry. It would be a terrible shame if only the mounting prospect of being voted out of office in November 2018 would sufficiently concentrate the minds of representatives and senators today.

But whether it is devotion to principle or hunger for political survival that puts the prospect of impeachment and removal on the table, the crucial thing is that the prospect now be taken seriously, that the machinery of removal be reactivated, and that the need to use it become the focus of political discourse going into 20


July 2, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Lafayette Square
Buffalo, N, + Google Map

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