Defending our Constitution

May 18, 2017

Dear Friends,

The revelations this week regarding Donald Trump threaten the democratic institutions he took an oath to protect.

Releasing classified information to the Russians is cavalier, inexcusable, and threatens our allies and intelligence agencies. It suggests a complete lack of understanding of national security issues by someone who seems to be guided solely by his ego. Whatever array of excuses Trump musters up, remember Russia is allied with Syria. These nations oppose western democratic norms. Syria has engaged in the systematic slaughter of its own citizens, while Russia has engaged in clear efforts to undermine western democracies, including interfering in the U.S. election.

The allegations in the Comey memo that Trump urged him to end the Flynn investigation form the basis of a charge of obstruction of justice, and would provide clear grounds for impeachment.

The appointment of a special prosecutor by the Department of Justice is a positive step toward getting the answers the American people demand. But it’s just that – a step.

Congress has oversight power and a responsibility to continue its investigations. I’m also supporting a discharge petition to bring legislation to the floor that will establish an independent commission that can lead an investigation that is free of any Trump administration interference.

These efforts will go nowhere if Republicans in Congress do not find the courage to stand up to Trump. If there was ever a time to put country over party, it is now. Turning a blind eye and not fully investigating Trump is not only wrong, it is a dereliction of the oath of office that we took, “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress