“There’s more than enough evidence in the public record.”

“I entered this race because I could not stand by for another day and watch Donald Trump destroy my country and the values for which it has stood for 240 years. Just when we think the Trump era can’t get any worse, it does; again and again. But this isn’t purely a political, moral, or philosophical position, it’s a legal one. I’m talking about the case for impeachment – coming from someone who spent several decades as an elected prosecutor and trial attorney.

As any district attorney worth their salt will tell you – most cases in America don’t even have half the amount of evidence that DJT has provided to prompt a thorough investigation and initiate removal proceedings. It’s time to impeach.

The case for impeachment goes far beyond the Mueller probe, though clearly those efforts will certainly provide additional evidence to support it.

From his first day in office, Donald Trump has shown nothing but contempt for the Constitution and violated his oath of office to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” His disdain for the Constitution and the rule of law grows each day, week, and month he remains in office.

But where is Congress in all this? The Constitution assigns to the House of Representatives, “the sole Power of Impeachment.” Impeachment is the process for the removal from office of the President, Vice President and other officers of the United States, for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Impeachment is not, however, limited to conduct that is criminal.

What is so unsettling about the news we’ve watched for the last year is that folks are still discussing what new detail, or shred of evidence, might come to light that will squarely demonstrate an impeachable offense, when it is already so clear that Donald Trump has already violated all categories for impeachment.

Here’s a very abbreviated list of the crimes – already on public record – that would support the initiation of impeachment proceedings:

Bribery: Numerous violations of the Emoluments clause and the acceptance of bribes from foreign dignitaries seeking favor;

Treason: Providing aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States and doing nothing after an act of war was committed against the United States by a foreign enemy;

Failing to implement sanctions against enemy power (Russia) mandated by Congress;

High Crimes and Misdemeanors: Fabricating a false story in furtherance of the conspiracy to cover-up the purpose and existence of the meeting with Russian operatives in Trump Tower;

Firing FBI James Comey in an attempt to obstruct the investigation into Russia’s interference in our elections;

Compromising the security of an ally (Israel) by disclosing confidential information to enemy agents (Russian ambassador);

While Mueller’s investigation may provide further evidence and corroboration of these and many other crimes and/or impeachable offenses, the public record alone is more than sufficient to prove such crimes beyond a reasonable doubt.

January 21st – Inauguration day in 2019 – cannot come soon enough. As the only candidate in this race with a significant legal background and prosecutorial experience, I pledge to make impeachment investigation a priority when I arrive in Washington and fight to protect the integrity of our Constitution and our nation.”