In Advance of Today’s House Vote, ‘Nobody Is Above the Law’ Event in Washington, D.C., Marked Solemn Impeachment Moment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A day after more than 200,000 people took to the streets at 600 “Nobody Is Above the Law” mobilizations in all 50 states, a bipartisan group of good government, veterans and constitutional organizations gathered at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. – the same day the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote whether to impeach President Donald Trump. Today’s rally and press conference served as a capstone on the energy generated nationwide last night.
Over the past three weeks, members of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees have built a case against Trump from the testimony and public comments of national security officials and diplomats. These nonpartisan career officials have observed the president attempting to extract personal political concessions from Ukraine in exchange for approved taxpayer military aid and an Oval Office meeting.
On Tuesday, on the eve of the House vote, protesters gathered in front of the district offices of House members as lawmakers finalized their positions. They also gathered at some U.S. Senate offices and other locations, as senators prepared for a likely trial. From Beckley, W.Va., to Yuma, Ariz., from Juneau, Alaska, to Fargo, N.D. to Cape Coral, Fla., protesters intensified their call to impeach the president, hold their elected officials accountable and declare that not even the president is above the law.
Events also took place in:
- New York City: The event featured a rally in Times Square and a march down Broadway with a “Remove Trump” banner at the front and aerial views of a large banner with an excerpt of the impeachment clause of the Constitution.
- Boston: Former Republican Gov. Bill Weld spoke to rally attendees.
- Roseburg, Ore.: Eight-foot tall letters spelled out “Impeach and Remove” on the sidewalk outside of a popular grocery store.
- Red Oak, Iowa: In U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-Iowa) hometown, local attorneys and elected officials laid out the constitutional argument for Trump’s impeachment and removal.
- Rochester, N.Y.: Activists gathered with whistles to “blow the whistle” on Trump’s impeachable offenses.
The evidence is overwhelming that Trump pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections, using U.S. military aid and a White House meeting to extort Ukrainian officials into manufacturing fake dirt on Trump’s political opponent. He then engaged in a criminal cover-up, obstructing Congress, defying lawful subpoenas, blocking witnesses from testifying and concealing evidence.
Nobody – including the president – is above the law, and at today’s event a bipartisan group of organizations talked about the solemn necessity of proceeding with impeachment in reaction to Trump’s corruption and abuse of power, which represent an ongoing and imminent threat to the integrity of the 2020 elections.
Speakers at the rally included: Nathaly Arriola, executive director; Need to Impeach; Diallo Brooks; senior director of outreach and public engagement; People For the American Way; Sean Eldridge, founder and president, Stand Up America; Rahna Epting, executive director, MoveOn; Karen Hobert Flynn, president, Common Cause; William Goodwin, director of government relations, VoteVets; Reggie Hubbard, strategist, congressional liaison/Washington D.C. strategist MoveOn; Leah Greenberg, co-executive director, Indivisible; Kelly Magsamen, vice president for international policy and security, Center for American Progress; Neera Tanden, president and CEO of Center for American Progress Action Fund; Jamal Watkins, vice president of civic engagement, NAACP; and Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen.