New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) does not mess around. He is the House Ways and Means Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee Chair until the end of this House’s session. As such, he is demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate Donald Trump for treason, but that is not all.
He has called for Trump’s entire administration to be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution, as soon as President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. The subcommittee conducts oversight on tax, trade, and health issues. He is a remarkably strong replacement for the late Representative John Biden (D-GA).
‘Tonight I’m calling for the eventual prosecution of donald (sic) trump (sic) and his enablers for their many crimes against the United States.’
Pascrell said Trump “has engaged in treachery, in treason,” according to NJ.com:
‘[The president] has attacked our elections and sought to throttle democracy. He was rightly impeached by the House of Representatives. He has engaged in treachery, in treason. He has all but given up on governing and protecting our nation and if he had a shred of dignity he would resign today.’
The New Jersey representative continued listing the Trump administration’s many failures:
‘Failure to hold financial and political wrongdoing accountable in the past has invited greater malfeasance by bad actors. A repeat of those failures in 2021 further emboldens criminality by our national leaders and continues America down the path of lawlessness and authoritarianism. There must be accountability.’
Trump’s acolyte Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was not pleased:
Pascrell was not the only Democrat requesting an investigation. Others have claimed that Trump and his “inner circle” need investigation. They believe that these individuals have used their top-level positions for personal gain.
Leading that group, Trump has allegedly broken the Emoluments Clause numerous times. It forbids profiteering by members of the government. Certainly, Trump has profited from his Washington DC hotel housing numerous foreign officials and hosting a significant number of private meetings.
Trump’s first Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt, had to resign for ethical reasons in 2018 but he was not alone, by far.
Following Representative John Lewis’ time in office, Pascrell released a statement that read:
‘[It is] an enormous honor and responsibility…Exposing the public and private corruption left in the wake of the Trump government will take all the labor of cleaning up after the circus leaves town. I’m eager to grab a shovel and get to work.’
Pascrell came to Congress in 1996 and has served on the Ways and Means Committee. He led the way in calling for Trump’s tax returns.
Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke had expensive tastes, which included private jets with interesting side-trips, very expensive meals, and a 24/7 security detail. Those were only a few of his transgressions. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Dr. Ben Carson had expensive tastes in office furniture, and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after ethics scandals.
This graph from The Brookings Institute, Education Division consists of the president’s secretaries and the “Nature of Departure.” The acronym RUP stands for “Resigned Under Pressure. The chart also indicates what the person’s prior job was and where they went after serving this president.
This chart consists of the members of Trump’s inner circle. The turnover was heavy. For example, the president’s Communications Director position had an especially high turnover: “Original,” “Replacement 2,” Replacement 3,” Replacement 4,” and even Replacement 5:”
Additional Trump A-Team members are listed on the chart below:
All charts via The Brookings Institute, Education Division.
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