American Oversight Statement on Impeachment Inquiry

En Español

On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives will open an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

“An impeachment investigation is absolutely warranted in light of the extraordinary allegations about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine,” said American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers. “If true, the president’s conduct may have not only violated criminal laws but transcended into the realm of high crimes and misdemeanors. Congress has a duty to uncover the truth and hold the president accountable, along with anyone inside or outside of government who has abetted these transgressions.”

The impeachment announcement comes as new details continue to be revealed about the president’s contacts with Ukraine and allegations that, a week after freezing nearly $400 million in military aid to the country, he urged Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has spoken of his own involvement in the effort.

American Oversight is investigating the extent of the administration’s efforts to coerce a foreign government into helping the president politically, and has filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests at multiple agencies for records related to aid to Ukraine, Giuliani’s actions, and the whistleblower complaint originating in the intelligence community, which the acting director of national intelligence as so far refused to release to Congress. We also recently sued five federal agencies for records of White House efforts to obstruct other congressional inquiries. 

“If the White House continues to engage in unprecedented blanket obstruction of every investigation, Congress should treat that as an independent basis for constitutional accountability,” Evers continued. “Lawlessness and impunity are unacceptable alternatives.”

 

Declaración de American Oversight Sobre la Investigación de Destitución de Trump

Una organización sin fines de lucro e independiente, American Oversight publicó la siguiente declaración en respuesta al anuncio que la Cámara de Representantes va a abrir una investigación sobre el Presidente Trump.

Austin Evers, director ejecutivo de American Oversight, dijo:

Una investigación de destitución o es absolutamente justificado en vista de las acusaciones extraordinarias sobre el Presidente Trump y sus negocios con Ucrania. Si es verdad, la conducta del presidente podría haber violado no solo leyes criminales, pero también leyes en el dominio de delitos y faltas graves. El Congreso tiene la obligación de descubrir la verdad y obligar al presidente a rendir cuentas, junto con cualquier persona dentro  o fuera del gobierno quien haya sido cómplice en estas transgresiones. 

Si la Casa Blanca sigue de empeñarse en la obstrucción completa de cada  investigación, el Congreso debería tratarlo como una base independiente de responsabilidad constitucional. La ilegalidad e impunidad no son una alternativa aceptable.

American Oversight ha estado investigando las acciones en Ucrania por parte de Rudy Giuliani, abogado de Trump. American Oversight ha archivado múltiples de solicitudes de la Ley de Libertad de Información para obtener documentos públicos del Departamento del Estado relacionado con el contacto de Giuliani con el gobierno de Ucrania. 

El grupo también recientemente demandó a cinco agencias federales por documentos públicos relacionados con los esfuerzos de la Casa Blanca en obstruir otras investigaciones del Congreso.

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