Gutiérrez: “Mr. President, It Is Time For You To Resign”
Washington, DC – Today in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said he has sent a letter to the President asking him to resign “for the good of the United States and her people.” Holding a copy of the letter, sent today, the Illinois Congressman and Member of the Judiciary Committee said, “It has become clear… that for decades, the President led a vast criminal enterprise that went on to engage in criminal activity during the 2016 campaign for the White House and has engaged in criminal activity since the President took office.”
Rep. Gutierrez in his letter to the President asks him to spare the nation from the “national spectacle of impeachment, which would wound our nation.” He wrote: “Your personal disgrace will be temporary. The lasting damage to the United States of bringing us all down with you will last decades, if not longer.”
The Congressman concluded his floor speech by echoing this theme, saying, “Please resign and spare the nation from this ongoing nightmare. Don’t do this to us. Don’t make us go down with you. Step aside, sir, for the good of your country and the world.”
A video of the Congressman’s floor speech, delivered shortly after 10 am ET is here: https://youtu.be/_KYTWbpJdCs
A copy of the Congressman’s letter to President Trump is here: Rep. Gutiérrez Letter to President Trump Sept 09 2018.pdf
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is the Dean of the Illinois delegation and a thirteen-term Member of Congress from Chicago. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Floor Remarks (As Prepared for Delivery)
September 5, 2018
Mr. Speaker, I have written a letter to the President of the United States, which I am sending today that carries a simple message on behalf of the American people
Mr. President, it is time for you to resign the Office of the Presidency for the good of the United States and her people.
It has become clear to Congress and the American people, especially those of us who do not exclusively watch sanitized versions of the news on the President’s most supportive media outlets, that for decades, the President led a vast criminal enterprise that went on to engage in criminal activity during the 2016 campaign for the White House and has engaged in criminal activity since the President took office.
The fact is clear: The President is the target of multiple criminal investigations on several fronts:
Number 1, the violation of federal election laws, including the failure to report payments and contributions as required under campaign finance law;
Number 2, the violation of tax, banking, and fraud laws related to the Trump Organization and immediate business associates and family members of the President;
Number 3; apparent involvement and encouragement of the illegal hacking of political opponents during the 2016 campaign and efforts to derail investigations and inquiries since taking office;
And number 4, working with, encouraging, and collaborating with a foreign government, Russia, to interfere in the 2016 election in order to help the President’s campaign – combined with efforts while in office to obstruct justice in the investigation of the campaign.
Those are just four of the criminal conspiracies that point directly at the President of the United States and compromise his ability to continue leading the nation.
I only have 5 minutes to speak, so I do not have time to enumerate the convictions in federal court of close associates of the President’s business interests and campaign, nor the guilty pleas, the plea bargains or the immunity granted to the President’s employees, friends and business associates, including those directly managing his political operations and serving in his White House.
And, yes, the investigations are still on going, as are the prosecutions, guilty pleas and sentencing of the President’s co-conspirators in each of these four criminal matters.
And we don’t know--there may be more shoes to drop from local, state and federal prosecutors because when you start looking under the rocks piled around this President, you find ample evidence of systematic fraud, criminal activity, and cover-up.
For me, this has nothing to do with the President’s racism, his misogyny, his homophobia and Islamaphobia. It is different than his ties to and support for white supremacy or the voice he lends to the wildest and most discredited conspiracy theories the dark-right-web and talk radio can come up with.
And as ugly as it was to hear, even his stark admission of sexual assault against women is separate from the systematic criminal activity he has clearly engaged in – much of it he himself has admitted unwittingly in television interviews.
His policies are clearly damaging to the moral fabric of the American people, but this goes beyond the President’s attacks on law enforcement, his giveaways to big polluters and corporations, his defense of the super-rich, his assault on federal workers, the plundering of the economy or the lasting damage he is doing on a daily basis to our most-important international relationships with allies and foes alike.
Vice President Mike Pence, with whom I served in this body, is someone I disagree with on almost every issue of importance, especially his offensive views on homosexuality, women’s rights, abortion, race relations, immigration and almost everything else.
But, by comparison, he is an honorable man. Even if he is wrong on many, many policy issues, he has a basic sense of right and wrong that is lacking in the current occupant of the office.
Therefore, while I do not relish a Pence presidency, at this point I feel it is an absolute necessity for the good of the country, for the good of our people and for the good of the world and America’s place in it.
Mr. Speaker, in my letter, I humbly ask – as a proud American, a patriot and public servant, a dad, granddad and a fellow human being – I ask the President to resign immediately.
Please resign and spare the nation from this ongoing nightmare. Don’t do this to us. Don’t make us go down with you. Step aside, sir, for the good of your country and the world.
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