Editor’s note: Will update Soldati’s news release with comments and responses emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are eight Democrats and four Republicans who want the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.
First District Congressional candidate Lincoln Soldati, a former prosecutor and Democrat, says his experience as Strafford County Attorney is essential for initiating impeachment investigation against President Trump in the House.
“Inauguration day cannot come soon enough… to protect the integrity of our constitution and our Nation,” Soldati said in a news release that was issued Thursday morning.
Soldati issued the following statement:
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.
About Lincoln Soldati
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Lincoln has been a leader in his community his entire life. After serving in the Army, Lincoln used the G.I. Bill to finish at the University of Notre Dame and then law school here in New Hampshire. Lincoln served as Strafford County Attorney for nine terms, where he earned a reputation for aggressively pursuing justice for victims of child abuse and sexual assault. He created a victims’ assistance program that became the state standard for prosecutions and investigations into sexual assault and child abuse cases. Lincoln also engaged in service to his local community, serving on the Somersworth School Board, the Somersworth Charter Commission, and as Mayor of Somersworth.
Lincoln spent countless hours in the state capitol advocating for criminal justice reform before several NH Senate and House committees on issues including: victim’s rights and compensation, child protection, reciprocal discovery, juvenile justice, and against the death penalty. Lincoln was awarded the Roger M. Fossum Award “For outstanding dedication and service on behalf of New Hampshire’s children and families.” He worked successfully on legislation that transferred the cost of a rape examination kit from the victim to the State. He is perhaps most proud of his efforts to restore dignity and power to victims; creating an atmosphere which encouraged them to come forward and obtain justice, not only in Strafford County but eventually throughout the State of New Hampshire. He also trained judges, attorneys, police, medical personnel, rape crisis counselors, and college and high school students on sexual assault and child abuse issues, jurisprudence and NH’s criminal justice system.
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