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H.Res. 766: Censuring President Donald J. Trump.


The text of the resolution below is as of Dec 17, 2019 (Introduced).

Summary of this resolution

Is censure the appropriate centrist middle ground, or does it amount to a “get out of jail free” card?

Context

The House impeached President Trump on December 18.Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI2) was the only “present” vote for House impeachment, not officially taking a stand either way.

“After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no,” Rep. Gabbard explained in a video message. “I am standing in the center and decided to vote present.”

“I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment, because I believe President Trump is guilty of ...


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 766

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 17, 2019

submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

RESOLUTION

Censuring President Donald J. Trump.

Whereas in his conduct of the office of President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of the President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald J. Trump, acting both directly and through his agents within and outside the United States Government, abused the powers of the Presidency for his own personal political gain;

Whereas President Trump, using the powers of his high office, solicited the interference of Ukraine in the 2020 United States Presidential election;

Whereas President Trump conducted a scheme or course of conduct that included soliciting the Government of Ukraine to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.;

Whereas President Trump abused the powers of the Presidency by ignoring or injuring vital national interests to obtain an improper personal political benefit and betrayed the Nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in interfering with democratic elections;

Whereas President Trump used the powers of the Presidency to undermine the integrity of the United States democratic process, thereby ignoring and injuring the interests of the Nation;

Whereas President Trump has demonstrated that he has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law; and

Whereas President Trump has acted in a manner contrary to the trust voters placed in him as President, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

censures President Donald J. Trump for actions taken by the President as outlined in this resolution, which constitute a willful abuse of power;

(2)

censures President Donald J. Trump for putting his personal political interests before those of the American people in a manner that undermines the integrity of the United States democratic process;

(3)

calls on President Donald J. Trump to refrain from any conduct that invites foreign interference in United States elections or undermines United States Government investigations into foreign interference;

(4)

calls on President Donald J. Trump and the executive branch of government to respect the constitutionally defined separation of powers;

(5)

strongly urges President Donald J. Trump to uphold his oath of office as established by the Constitution of the United States and fulfill his constitutional responsibilities to the American people; and

(6)

calls on President Donald J. Trump to acknowledge and admit wrongdoing as outlined in this resolution and apologize to the American people.