by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
On January 20, 2021, President Donald Trump will leave the White House — forever. The man whose presidency drove a wedge between society unlike anything we’ve ever seen will lose his soapbox and likely fade out of the limelight. In the meantime, unemployment continues to skyrocket, infrastructure is crumbling, and small businesses are being wiped out.
Given the current and grim state of affairs in the land of the free, one would think that Congress would attempt to quickly work together to form a plan to help ease the suffering so many Americans are facing. However, this is the US Congress and help is the last thing on their minds.
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Instead of working on programs to safely reopen the country, help those who’ve lost their jobs and homes during the pandemic, and find solutions to problems faced by tens of millions of Americans — Congress impeached a man, who in less than a week, will no longer be the president.
This move is insulting and egregious for two reasons. The first one is obvious and that there are far more important things to be working on than holding impeachment proceedings when a much less resource consuming criminal investigation could happen in the days after Trump leaves office. The second reason is that Trump should have been impeached years ago.
Over the last four years, Trump has given Congress multiple substantial reasons for impeachment, but they agreed with him on most of it, so they left it alone.
When Trump tweeted out in May that “when the looting starts the shooting starts,” this was a direct call for violence. In fact, it was in clear violation of the constitution by calling to remove due process and extrajudicially execute people over the suspicion of a misdemeanor. He should have been arrested on the spot but he wasn’t.
In 2018, Trump called for the removal of due process and to directly violate the 2nd Amendment when he famously said, “take the guns first, due process second.” Again, this was a crime and he should have been impeached for it. And, again, he was not.
Also in 2018, Trump fired 100 Tomahawk missiles into Syria allegedly as punishment for a Syrian government chemical attack in Douma. Though the US was not under imminent threat of attack from Syria, Trump didn’t wait for a Congressional declaration of war on Syria or even an authorization for a missile strike. In fact, he didn’t even wait for an investigation of the event to find out what actually happened! He just decided to send a hundred missiles – at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars – into Syria.
We would later find out from whistleblowers on the UN team who investigated the alleged attack that the report blaming the Syrian government was falsified and that the whole “attack” was nothing but a false flag operation.
For these war crimes, Trump should have been impeached. He was not.
In January, Trump authorized the assassination of a top Iranian General, Qassim Soleimani, and a top Iraqi military officer inside Iraqi territory while Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission. Trump and his Administration tried to claim that the attack was essential because of an “imminent threat” of a Soleimani attack on US troops in the region.
We found out shortly afterward that they lied about the “imminent threat” and the assassination was not “urgent” – it was planned back in June of 2019. Trump then claimed it didn’t matter whether there was an imminent threat: Soleimani was a bad guy so he deserved to be assassinated. Again, the attack was an act of war on Iran without Congressional declaration or authorization for war — another impeachable offense.
The fact is that Trump gave Democrats and Republicans multiple reasons for impeachment with his actions over the last four year, but because it would expose them to accountability for committing these same crimes, and because they largely agreed with these measures, none of them moved to impeach him for these overt criminal acts.
Only now is Congress pretending to have a conscience and moving to impeach the president — spending millions, possibly billions in taxpayer dollars — and he is leaving office next week.