PETITION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES REQUESTING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP BE CENSURED
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives every citizen the right to petition Congress "for the Redress of Grievances." And the Senate and House of Representatives have the power to "Censure" (condemn) a sitting President for misconduct.
From the time Donald Trump assumed the Presidency, he has been engaging in continuing acts of misconduct requiring that he be Censured by both the Senate and House. While some of Trump's actions may be sufficient to support his impeachment, we believe that at a minimum they require his immediate Censure by Congress.
Actions for which he must be Censured include:
1. Firing FBI Director James Comey for his refusal to terminate the FBI's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and his investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn;
2. Disclosing classified information to Russian representatives in the Oval Office on May 10, 2017;
3. Disgracing the Office of President by repeatedly and knowingly making false statements to the press and public;
4. Wrongfully admonishing Attorney General Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian election interference investigation;
5. Continuing to receive profits and Emoluments from foreign governments in violation of Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution;
6. Ridiculing women on the basis of their looks and insinuating that they lack intelligence;
7. Withdrawing from the Paris climate accords;
8. Refusing to release his income tax returns;
9. Defending the improper effort by his son, son-in-law and Campaign Chairman to obtain damaging information from Russian sources about Hillary Clinton.
10. Encouraging police misconduct;
11. Adopting an unlawful immigration ban;
12. Adopting an unlawful ban on transgender people serving in the military;
13. Describing some violent racist protesters in Charlottesville as "very nice people";
14. Abusing the Pardon Power by pardoning flagrant law violator, Joe Arpaio;
15. Callously and cruelly withdrawing the protections of DACA from 800,000 "Dreamers."
16. Recklessly and crudely urging the owners of NFL franchises to fire players who non-violently and silently protest discrimination prior to games;
17. Recklessly threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea in violation of international law;
18. Attacking the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for seeking additional federal assistance in connection with the Hurricane Maria humanitarian crisis;
19. Ending ACA subsidies in the billions by Executive Order which will deprive low income citizens of desperately needed health care;
20. Interfering with due process and the due administration of law by urging the Justice Department to prosecute Trump’s political opponents and adversaries, and urging capital punishment of alleged criminals before trial.
21. Publishing false and inflammatory right-wing British videos allegedly depicting Muslims engaging in violence;
22. Attacking the integrity and efficiency of the FBI and lamenting the results upon the life of General Michael Flynn from his guilty plea to a federal felony;
23. Endorsing and campaigning for Roy Moore, a racist Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate credibly accused by several Alabama women of sexually assaulting them when he was in his thirties and they were teenagers;
24. Withdrawing millions of acres of federal land from protection from mining and development;
25. Uttering a racial slur against Senator Elizabeth Warren and all Native Americans;
26. Declaring in a sexist manner that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand had come to his business office “begging” for political contributions and that she “would do anything for them.”
27. Choosing multiple unfit and dangerous federal judicial nominees for lifetime appointments, including Brett Talley who has never tried a case in court and received an unqualified ranking by the non-partisan American Bar Association and Jeff Mateer who has previously described transgender youth as part of "Satan's plan”.
28. Claiming on December 28, 2017, that he had an “absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department,” notwithstanding the well-established independence of the Justice Department from political influence;
29. Again threatening North Korea with the use of his “Nuclear Button,” on January 2,2018;
30. Improperly suggesting that whether he would pardon Michael Flynn would depend on the outcome of the Mueller investigation and Flynn’s testimony;
31. Threatening an author and a publisher for having published a book critical of him, in violation of the prohibition against prior restraints and the First Amendment.
32. Insulted Senator Diane Feinstein for having released publicly a transcript of a witness’s testimony in connection with a Senatorial probe of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election;
33. Called our country’s libel laws a “sham” and “disgrace” and said he would consider changing them when in fact they are limited by the First Amendment’s protections of free speech;
34. In a crude and racist manner insulted Haiti and certain African countries, and their citizens, at a meeting with members of Congress on January 11, 2018;
35. By attempting to fire Special Counsel Mueller in June 2017, Trump demonstrated his intent and desire to continue to obstruct justice by interfering with Mueller’s criminal investigation of Trump and his cohorts.
36. Accusing the top leadership of his own administration’s Justice Department and the FBI of favoring Democrats against Republicans at a time when he and other White House officials are under investigation for obstruction of justice and aiding Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump’s former National Security Advisor has pled guilty to lying to the FBI.
37. Improperly invoking his presidential powers to declassify material, thereby facilitating release of a congressional memo, over the objections of federal law enforcement, designed to undermine the Mueller investigation of Trump’s presidential campaign.
38. Calling Democrats “un-American” and guilty of “treason” during a speech Trump delivered on February 5, 2018, for not applauding his recent State of the Union address.
39. Ignoring and deriding the existence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and failing to take actions to prevent such interference in the future.
40. Praising Communist China’s dictator, Xi Jinping, for having appointed himself “President for life,” declaring, “That’s great!” and that “Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday!” at a political fundraiser in Florida on March 3, 2018.
41. At a political campaign rally on March 10, 2018, near Pittsburgh, Trump insulted and offended California Congresswoman Maxine Waters by describing her as a “low- I.Q. Individual,” and once again referred to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in a racially derogatory and insensitive way, as “Pocahontas.”
42. Conspired with Attorney General Sessions to Fire Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, in violation of Sessions’s decision “to recuse [himself] from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States,” since McCabe’s discharge related to his investigations of 2016 Presidential election matters
43. Despite the advice of his national security advisors not to congratulate Russian President Putin for his recent “election” victory, and having imposed sanctions against Russia on March 19, 2018, Trump nevertheless applauded Putin for having been elected as Russia’s President in a phone call with him the next day, which caused Senator John McCain to declare that “an American President does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections.”
44. Attacking the enforcement of a subpoena of records of his counsel, Michael Cohen, by the FBI, concerning Cohen’s payment of “hush money” to porn Star Stormy Daniels, and other claims of wrongdoing, a “witchhunt” and “an attack upon our country."
45. By declaring on May 23, 2018, that those NFL players who choose not to stand, and instead kneel during the playing of the National Anthem “maybe shouldn’t be in the country,” President Trump demonstrated his contempt and disrespect for the First Amendment’s protections of free speech and the right of citizens to peacefully protest against wrongs that they perceive in our political system.
46. By claiming that an investigation by federal law enforcement into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election constituted instead “spying” on his election campaign, President Trump deliberately and falsely distorted the facts, seeking to make it appear that he was the victim of interference with his campaign, when the facts are entirely to the contrary and it is well-established that there was massive Russian interference seeking to assist in his election.
47. By declaring in a dictatorial manner on June 4, 2018, that “the appointment of Special Counsel [Mueller] is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!” and that “I [Trump] have the absolute right to PARDON myself,” Trump demonstrated that he believes himself to be above the law, and accountable to no one, in gross derogation of our Constitutional system of government, the separation of powers and the rule of law.
48. Falsely claiming on May 26, 2018, that the Federal Government is required by a “horrible law” (no such law exists) to separate hundreds of children from their parents at U.S. borders and incarcerate and hold them separately from their parents when they enter the United States seeking sanctuary or otherwise, and doing so when the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has declared such actions to violate International Law and the rights of the children involved.
49. Declaring that migrants who enter the United States seeking asylum or otherwise should immediately be expelled from this country without having the hearing that our laws entitle them to receive.
50. Mocking and disparaging the “Thousand Points of Light” program encouraging volunteerism established by President George H. W. Bush.
51. Shamefully and disgracefully giving “aid and comfort” to Russia and Vladimir Putin by declaring in Helsinki, in Putin’s presence, that the Mueller investigation was a “disaster for our country,” and rejecting the conclusion of the entire American intelligence community, the Mueller investigation, and Congress, that the Russian government criminally interfered in the 2016 presidential election in order to to aid Trump’s candidacy.
52. Continuing to attack the press, declaring reporters to be “unpatriotic,” and certain media to be the “enemy of the people,” thereby using his high office to undermine public confidence in a free and independent press.
53. Threatening to shut down the Federal Government if Congress fails to appropriate funds to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States.
54. Interfering in the ongoing criminal trial of Paul Manafort by publicly declaring the Mueller investigation of Manafort to be a “hoax.”
55. Calling upon recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on August 1, 2018, to end the Mueller investigation as a continuing “stain upon our country.”
56. Praising his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as a “brave man!” for refusing to “break” under pressure from the Justice Department after Manafort was convicted by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, of eight federal felonies involving tax evasion and bank fraud on August 21, 2018.
57. Attacking Attorney General Jeff Sessions on September 3, 2018, because two Republican members of Congress, Chris Collins of New York, and Duncan Hunter of California, recently were indicted by Federal grand juries on corruption charges. Trump complained to Sessions that the timing of the indictments of Collins and Hunter hurt the two Republicans’ chances of being re-elected in November, 2018.
58. Calling his former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, “a crazed, crying lowlife,” and “a dog,” after she claimed that Trump suffered from mental deterioration, and declared that he was a racist and anti-women.
59. Having been identified in open court in New York, by his former lawyer and confidante, Michael Cohen, as having directed Cohen to make payments to two women during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to keep them from speaking out publicly about affairs they claimed to have had with Trump. Cohen pled guilty to Federal criminal laws before the court and now awaits sentencing.
60. Deciding to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan because Trump claimed that Brennan had engaged in “erratic conduct and behavior.” Many former U.S. national security officials challenged Trump’s decision regarding Brennan as simply being politically motivated because of Brennan’s free speech rights.
61. Falsely claiming on September 13, 2018, that the Democrats we’re responsible for inflating the number of individuals who died as the result of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in September, 2017, to almost 3000, in an effort “to make me [Trump] look as bad as possible.”] It is widely acknowledged that close to 3000 people died in Puerto Rico as the result of the Hurricane.
62. Failing to follow precedent, thereby causing the American Flag not to be flown at half-staff over the White House for the full requisite full week in connection with the death of Senator John McCain, in August, 2018, and otherwise failing fully to honor Senator McCain’s memory upon his death.
63. Participating in corrupt schemes with members of his family to evade inheritance and gift taxes owed to the Federal and New York State governments resulting in his multi-million dollar enrichment while claiming to the voting public to be a self-made billionaire.
64. Mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as a liar for her testimony against Brett Kavanaugh as having sexually assaulted her while they were in high school, after Trump had declared her a “very credible witness” and “a very fine woman,״ whose testimony was “very compelling.”
65. Insulting Stormy Daniels misogynistically, who he paid $130,000 in ״hush money״ not to disclose an affair she allegedly had with Trump, by calling her a “horseface.״
66. Publicly praising Congressman Greg Gianforte (R.-Mont.), at a campaign rally, who pled guilty to an assault charge for having “body-slammed” a reporter for a British newspaper in 2017, and was sentenced by a court for having done so. Trump declared at the campaign rally that “any guy who can do a body slam...he’s my kind of guy.”
67. Threatening national security, as reported by the New York Times on October 25, 2018, by continuing to use his unsecured iPhones in talking with friends, when he has repeatedly been told by federal security agencies that both Russian and Chinese spies are listening in on his conversations.
68. Claiming that the press and media are responsible for the horrible terrorist sending of explosive devices to many Democratic leaders and others who have expressed criticism of him, including the Obamas, Clintons, Holders, Bidens, Robert DiNiro, John Brennan, George Soros, CNN, Maxine Waters, James Clapper, and others. The fact is that It was Trump whose extremist comments, beginning prior to the time that he ran for President, and thereafter, including, while he has served as President, that have encouraged the most extreme political opposition encouraging violence against his opponents, and he is encouraging extremist violent threats and actions such as we have seldom seen before in our country, but are seeing today.
69. Calling Democratic activist, Tom Steyer, “a crazed and stumbling lunatic,” in connection with his criticism of Trump in connection with Steyer’s unlawful and criminal receipt of a pipe-bomb from a terrorist supporter and admirer of Trump.
70. Calling Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gullin “a thief” during the course of Gullin’s campaign for Governor of Florida, without citing any evidence, and despite Trump’s position as President which precludes him from making allegations of criminality against anyone in violation of their right to due process of law and the presumption of innocence of any charges. Trump did so despite his declaration that he would tamp down his campaign rhetoric and accusations after a domestic terrorist sent pipe bombs to his Democratic opponents.
71. Proposing to issue an Executive Order that would take away American citizenship of people who were born in this country despite a provision in the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution which declares that “all persons born...in the United States are citizens.” Thus Trump proposes to amend the Constitution through issuing an Executive Order.
72. Appointing Matthew G. Whitaker as Acting Attorney General when Whitaker has never been confirmed by the Senate, which may result in violations of the “appointments” clause of the United States Constitution; and also because Whitaker publicly has expressed his opposition to the Mueller investigation of Trump and others, which disqualifies him under Justice Department ethics rules from supervising that investigation.
73. Making unsupported and irresponsible claims of fraud in the 2018 elections, including a claim that Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott should be declared elected in Florida as Governor and Senator immediately before a legally required recount is completed, because Trump has alleged that “many ballots are missing or forged,” and that “large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere.” He also tweeted that “An honest vote count [in Florida] is no longer possible.” Florida election officials have said they have not seen evidence of any election irregularities.
74. Insulting and demeaning three female African American reporters during the week of November 5, 2018, in response to their simply having asked Trump questions. As to CNN reporter Abby Phillips, he said, “You ask a lot of stupid questions.” Regarding April Ryan, a correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, he declared,” She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing!” And as to Yamiche Alcindor of the PBS News Hour and NBC News, who asked Trump about whether describing himself as a “Nationalist” stirred up white nationalists, Trump repeatedly declared Alcindor’s question to be “racist.”
75. Withdrawing the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta in violation of the First Amendment’s protections of freedom of the press, and barring Acosta from the White House grounds.
76. Failing while in France to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery where 2,290 American troops who fought and died in World War I are buried; and failing on Veterans Day in 2018 to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, which all presidents since at least John F. Kennedy have done to mark the solemn holiday.
77. Insulting and deriding revered retired Admiral William H. McRaven, who was a Navy Seal and Special Operations commander who oversaw the capture of Saddam Hussein and liquidation of Osama Ben Laden, as a “Hillary Clinton fan” and “Obama backer” on a November 18, 2018 television interview, adding that it “would have been nice if we got Osama Ben Laden a lot sooner...” McRaven had declared last year that Trump’s description of the news media as the “enemy of the people” was the greatest threat to democracy he had ever seen.
78. Insulting California Congressman Adam Schiff by tweeting about him on November 18, 2018, and vulgarly calling him “little Adam Schitt,” because Schiff had questioned Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General without having been confirmed by the Senate.
79. Issuing an order denying asylum seekers their legal right to seek asylum if they entered the United States illegally. This order was enjoined by a federal district court on November 19, 2018, as being contrary to law.
For all of these reasons, and others specified in this Petition, he should be Censured by both Houses of Congress.