Impeachment – The House Back Story Prior to Phone Call

Impeachment is the buzz word these days. As United States Citizens, we should be at least slightly interested. Not because we are for or against President Donald Trump, but just because we are citizens. Regardless of how this turns out, it will most likely be recorded in history. Before we define the impeachment process, lets take a look at where this story began, just to make sure we have everything in context.

There have been 5 resolutions brought for impeachment of President Trump. There were no such resolutions introduced for President Obama. There were two in regards to President George Herbert Walker Bush, and two in regards to President Clinton – who was impeached on December 19, 1998, by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice.

There are some Resolutions from the House starting back in 2015 related into impeachment. You can find these yourself by going to Congress.gov, but for convenience, they are all listed out at the end of this blog. The first impeachment resolution was introduced on 11/15/17.

The media and House have been leading us to believe the impeachment process started because of a phone call which happened on 7/25/19, read the transcript here. Note that all of the below impeachment resolutions were introduced BEFORE 7/25/19.

  • H.Res.498 (MY NOTE: Introduced 7/17/19)
    • 07/17/2019-5:39pm On motion to table the measure Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 332 – 95, 1 Present  (Roll no. 483). (text: CR H5973)
    • The House of Representatives on July 16, 2019, strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color …
  • H.Res.13 (MY NOTE: Introduced 1/3/19)
    • 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Rules.
    • Donald John Trump sought to use his authority to hinder and cause the termination of such investigation(s) …
    • The pattern of behavior leading to the conclusion that he sought to cause the hindrance or termination of said investigation(s) include the following:
      • (1) Requesting that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation curtail the investigation of the activities of General Michael Flynn under circumstances wherein it appeared that Director Comey might be terminated if he failed to adhere to such request.
      • (2) Making a determination to terminate the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and only thereafter requesting that the Deputy Attorney General provide him with a memorandum detailing inadequacies in the Director’s performance of his duties.
      • (3) Despite offering differing rationales for the termination of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, admitted subsequently that the main reason for the termination was that the Director would not close or alter the investigation of matters related to the involvement of Russia in the 2016 campaign for President of the United States.
      • (4) Stated that, once he had terminated the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the pressure of said investigation had been significantly reduced.
  • H.Res.705 (MY NOTE: Introduced 01/19/18)
    • No further actions
    • Donald John Trump has with his bigoted statements done more than simply insult individuals and groups of Americans, he has harmed the American society by attempting to convert his bigoted statements into United States policy and by associating the presidency and the people of the United States with bigotry on one or more of the following occasions:
      • … issued Executive Order 13769 providing for a partial shutdown of immigration from mainly Muslim countries to fulfill a bigoted campaign promise …
      • … please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military….
      • … statement characterizing a group of anti-Semites, bigots, racists, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klansmen who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, as “very fine people,”…
      • … made widely-published statements about many issues, including the National Football League, but has not made one widely-published statement condemning the hate groups for returning to the place where an innocent person lost her life at the hands of hate. …
      • … made references to people from s-h-i-t-h-o-l-e (or s-h-i-t-h-o-u-s-e) countries. …
  • H.Res.646 (MY NOTE: Introduced 12/06/17)
    • No further actions
    • … associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism, or neo-Nazism on one or more of the following occasions:
      • … characterizing a group of anti-Semites, bigots, racists, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klansmen who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, as “very fine people”. …
      • … made many widely published statements about many things including, the National Football League, but has not made one widely published statement condemning the hate groups for returning to the place where an innocent person lost her life at the hands of hate. …
      • … shared 3 videos posted by a leader of a British political party considered by many to be an extremist group …
  • H.Res.621 (MY NOTE: Introduced 11/15/17)
    • No further actions
    • … engaged personally, and through his subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or scheme designed to delay, impede an investigation, and to conceal information sought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the course of its investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 United States Presidential election, including any possible collusion between Russia and Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

All the hoopla over the last few days is in relation to H.Res.660 (Introduced 10/29/19) Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.

We will have to wait until the document from today’s proceedings is published on congress.gov – or, if you like, you can look at one the many news sources who are publishing it. We like to wait for official paperwork so we aren’t spreading false information.

LIST OF RESOLUTIONS RELATED TO IMPEACHMENT

 

H.Res.661 (MY NOTES: Introduced 10/29/19 – House permitted counsel)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Authorizing the Office of General Counsel of the House of Representatives to retain private counsel, either for pay or pro bono, in support of the ongoing inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach President Donald John Trump.Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53] (Introduced 10/29/2019) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – House AdministrationLatest Action: House – 10/29/2019 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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10/29/2019 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
10/29/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.660 (MY NOTE: Introduced 10/29/19 – Directing continued investigations)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] (Introduced 10/29/2019) Cosponsors: (8)Committees: House – RulesLatest Action: House – 10/30/2019 Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 52. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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10/30/2019 Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 52.
10/30/2019 Reported by the Committee on Rules. H. Rept. 116-266..
10/29/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Rules.
10/29/2019 Introduced in House

S.Res.378 (MY NOTE: Introduced 10/24/19 Request Senate before continuing to open formal impeachment inquire)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the House of Representatives should, consistent with long-standing practice and precedent, prior to proceeding any further with its impeachment investigation into President Donald J. Trump, vote to open a formal impeachment inquiry and provide President Trump with fundamental constitutional protections.Sponsor: Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] (Introduced 10/24/2019) Cosponsors: (49)Committees: Senate – Rules and AdministrationLatest Action: Senate – 10/24/2019 Referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration. (text: CR S6160-6161) (All Actions)Tracker: 

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10/24/2019 Referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration. (text: CR S6160-6161)

H.Res.639(MY NOTE: Introduced 10/18/19 Request Open and Transparent Investigation)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Open and Transparent Impeachment Investigation ResolutionSponsor: Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1] (Introduced 10/18/2019) Cosponsors: (24)Committees: House – RulesLatest Action: House – 10/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Rules. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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10/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Rules.
10/18/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.633 (MY NOTE: Introduced 10/16/19 Request Open investigation)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Requiring that all impeachment inquiry related hearings, witness interviews and communications, document productions and examinations, proceedings, and other related work shall be done in an open setting and in public view.Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5] (Introduced 10/16/2019) Cosponsors: (44)Committees: House – Rules; EthicsLatest Action: House – 10/16/2019 Referred to the Committee on Rules, and in addition to the Committee on Ethics, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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10/16/2019 Referred to the Committee on Rules, and in addition to the Committee on Ethics, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
10/16/2019 Referred to the Committee on Rules, and in addition to the Committee on Ethics, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
10/16/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.582 (MY NOTE: Introduced 9/24/19 End inquisition)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Resolution to end the inquisition of President Donald J. Trump.Sponsor: Rep. Gooden, Lance [R-TX-5] (Introduced 09/24/2019) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – EthicsLatest Action: House – 09/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ethics. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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09/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ethics.
09/24/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.498 (MY NOTE: Introduced 7/17/19 Impeachment)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high misdemeanors.Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] (Introduced 07/17/2019) Cosponsors: (0)Latest Action: House – 07/17/2019 On motion to table the measure Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 332 – 95, 1 Present (Roll no. 483). (All Actions)Tracker: 

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07/17/2019-5:39pm On motion to table the measure Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 332 – 95, 1 Present  (Roll no. 483). (text: CR H5973)
07/17/2019-5:08pm Mr. McCarthy moved to table the measure.
07/17/2019-5:07pm Considered as privileged matter. (consideration: CR H5973-5974)
07/17/2019-5:04pm QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE – Mr. Al Green (TX) rose to a question of the privileges of the House and submitted a resolution. The Clerk reported the text of the resolution and the Chair determined that the resolution did constitute a question of the privileges of the House.
07/17/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.411 (MY NOTE: Introduced 5/30/19 Define War not declared by Congress as Impeachable)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Defining Presidential wars not declared by Congress under article I, section 8, clause 11 (Declare War Clause) as impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors” within the meaning of article II, section 4 of the Constitution and defining the meanings of war and cobelligerency for purposes of the Declare War Clause and Impeachment provisions.Sponsor: Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2] (Introduced 05/30/2019) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 06/26/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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06/26/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
05/30/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
05/30/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.396 (MY NOTE: Introduced 5/22/19 Directing Investigation)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Authorizing and directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise the power vested by article 1, section 2, clause 5 of the Constitution in respect to acts of misconduct by Donald John Trump, President of the United States.Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (7)Committees: House – RulesLatest Action: 05/23/2019 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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05/23/2019 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E669)
05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Rules.
05/22/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.257 (MY NOTE: Introduced 3/27/19 Inquire Grounds of Impeachment)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Inquiring whether the House of Representatives should impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America.Sponsor: Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (17)Committees: House – RulesLatest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Rules. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Rules.
03/27/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.13 (MY NOTE: Introduced 1/3/19 Impeachment)

— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.Sponsor: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] (Introduced 01/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 02/04/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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02/04/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
01/03/2019 Introduced in House

H.Res.922 (MY NOTE: Introduced 06/06/18 Defining Wars not declared by Congress Impeachable)

— 115th Congress (2017-2018)Defining presidential wars not declared by Congress under Article I, section 8, clause 11 (Declare War Clause) as impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors” within the meaning of Article II, section 4 of the Constitution and defining the meanings of war and cobelligerency for purposes of the Declare War Clause and Impeachment provisions.Sponsor: Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3] (Introduced 06/06/2018) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 06/06/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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 H.Res.705 (MY NOTE: Introduced 01/19/18 Impeachment)

— 115th Congress (2017-2018)Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high misdemeanors.Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] (Introduced 01/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)Latest Action: House – 01/19/2018 On motion to table the measure Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 355 – 66, 3 Present (Roll no. 35). (All Actions)Tracker: 

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H.Res.646 (MY NOTE: Introduced 12/06/17 Impeachment)

— 115th Congress (2017-2018)Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high misdemeanors.Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] (Introduced 12/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)Latest Action: House – 12/06/2017 On motion to table the measure Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 364 – 58, 4 Present (Roll no. 658). (All Actions)Tracker: 

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H.Res.621 (MY NOTE: Introduced 11/15/17 Impeachment)

— 115th Congress (2017-2018)Impeaching Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] (Introduced 11/15/2017) Cosponsors: (17)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 11/15/2017 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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H.R.2494 (MY NOTE: Introduced 05/17/17)

— 115th Congress (2017-2018)Drain the Swamp and the President’s Assets ActSponsor: Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] (Introduced 05/17/2017) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Oversight and Government ReformLatest Action: House – 05/17/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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H.R.2440(MY NOTE: Introduced 05/16/17)

— 115th Congress (2017-2018)Presidential Disclosure of Foreign Business Transactions ActSponsor: Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (7)Committees: House – Oversight and Government ReformLatest Action: House – 05/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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H.R.6340 (MY NOTE: Introduced 12/05/16)

— 114th Congress (2015-2016)Presidential Accountability ActSponsor: Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5] (Introduced 11/17/2016) Cosponsors: (82)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 12/05/2016 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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H.Res.198 (MY NOTE: Introduced 04/13/15 Defining High Crimes and Misdemeanors)

— 114th Congress (2015-2016)To establish standards defining impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors” within the meaning of Article II, section 4 as applied to the President of the United States.Sponsor: Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] (Introduced 04/13/2015) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/15/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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