Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) just came out and said what we’ve all known deep in our hearts:
“The bombshell revelation that U.S. officials have information that suggests Trump associates may have colluded with the Russians means we must pause the entire Trump agenda. We may have an illegitimate President of the United States currently occupying the White House.
“Other than allowing routine governmental functions, there must be a total and complete shutdown of any agenda item being pushed by the Trump Administration. Congress cannot continue regular order and must stop voting on any Trump-backed agenda item until the FBI completes its Trump-Russia collusion investigation.
“Congress must immediately form an independent commission and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the collusion allegations with impartiality and independence. Congress also needs to pass the Resolution of Inquiry, authored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and I, to compel the Trump Administration to publicly disclose information on its Russian ties to the American people.”
Democrats everywhere, in fact every patriotic American who cares about our Constitution and our country, are rejoicing that a politician has finally had the guts to call out Trump for what he is – an illegitimately-elected fraud – and is forcefully demanding action.
If the rest of the legislature rises to Congressman Lieu’s rallying cry, it would mean an end to any actions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) with a malevolent Trumpcare bill that would strip millions of their insurance.
It would mean a halt to the confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s right-wing replacement for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a man who would not have a hearing at all if Republican senators had done their Constitutional duty and confirmed Merrick Garland last year.
It would mean a halt to the wholesale elimination of environmental and workplace protections. It would mean an end to the corrupt crony capitalism, nepotism, and self-enrichment that Trump has crassly injected into the office of the presidency like a dictator in a banana republic.
It is the final sentence of Representative Lieu’s that really brings home the urgency of his message:
“At this point in our nation’s history, there is nothing more important than finding out whether or not high crimes were committed by associates of Donald Trump or possibly by Trump himself.”
The very legitimacy of our democracy is at stake. The rest of Congress needs to heed Ted Lieu’s call and stop the Trump agenda now!
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.