Pascrell: Investigate Trump for Crimes

Pascrell calls for Investigation, Prosecution of Trump Government Crimes

Unprecedented litany of misdeeds must not be swept under the rug

Washington, DC, November 17, 2020

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today called for the widespread investigation and prosecution of members of the outgoing Trump administration.

“Donald Trump and members of his administration have committed innumerable crimes against the United States,” said Rep. Pascrell. “He has endangered our national security. He ripped families apart. He poisoned the Census. He has personally profited from his office. He has attacked our elections and sought to throttle democracy. He was rightly impeached by the House of Representatives. He has engaged in treachery, in treason. He has all but given up on governing and protecting our nation and if he had a shred of dignity he would resign today.

“Therefore, in 2021 the entire Trump administration must be fully investigated by the Department of Justice and any other relevant offices. Donald Trump along with his worst enablers must be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution. Importantly, any further abuse of the sacred pardon power to shield criminals would itself be obstruction of justice, and any self-pardons would be illegal.

“Failure to hold financial and political wrongdoing accountable in the past has invited greater malfeasance by bad actors. A repeat of those failures in 2021 further emboldens criminality by our national leaders and continues America down the path of lawlessness and authoritarianism. There must be accountability.”

Maurice Pinzon: Please note that I’ve pasted the press release from U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09). I’ve just added a headline. It’s an important announcement.

U.S. Senate in the Balance: Georgia

President-elect Biden will be in a stronger position to implement critical policies to address global warming, health care, inequality, jobs, and much more, if Democrats control of the U.S. Senate. There’s an all-important Senate runoff for two the Senate seats in Georgia. Here’s what you can do to help:

Give to the organization founded by Stacey Abrams: Fair Fight

Give to The New Georgia Project Action Fund

Donate directly to the campaigns of the 2 Democrats running in Georgia for the contested U.S. Senate seats: Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock

Unconventional Convention

Lots has changed since I last wrote about the election. Not many people thought Joe Biden would recover and go on to gather a commanding lead in delegates, but he did just that with the help of the African-American vote, the unwavering base of the Democratic Party.

I still maintain that the fissures within the Democratic Party between the Neo-liberals and the Sanders wing (the Social Democrats) of the party is a problem. Sanders hasn’t dropped out yet, (although there are reports some advisors are suggesting he do so) even though it’s just about impossible for him to catch up to Biden.

But in addition, now, we’re in a new world as the coronavirus rages through the U.S., and suddenly, Biden and Sanders are having problems penetrating the 24/7 coronavirus news loop. Both candidates also appear far more frail in their transmissions from home. Their advanced age can’t be ignored in the middle of this pandemic.

With the Democratic primaries halted, I do not see why an unconventional convention can’t be held. First of all, it’s unlikely there will be the usual gathering of delegates, even in August. Biden will not have the 1991 total delegates he needs to win outright until the convention. So why shouldn’t the Democrats select the best candidates for this unprecedented moment to confront not only Trump but also this killer epidemic. There’s a large talent pool available, most prominently Elizabeth Warren, who demonstrated during her campaign the ability to draw up realistic plans for just about anything, including how to confront the coronavirus pandemic. There are other strong candidates who lost but could be considered. Furthermore, the new stars of the moment who are demonstrating leadership are the governors, most prominently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. 2/x