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Jamie Raskin on Principles & Values

 

 


Led second impeachment trial against President Trump

[House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi called me to tell me that she was picking a whole new team of managers to try the [second impeachment] case, led by Jamie Raskin. It was exactly the right decision. Had I played a prominent role, The new team, like the first, represented a beautiful cross section of the country and all its diversity. And Raskin was a beautiful choice to lead--a brilliant constitutional scholar, with a warm and affable air, and the ability to give the impeachment a non-partisan cast. Yet asking Raskin to take on the responsibility of the impeachment was no small task; he had just gone through the most terrible thing any parent could endure-he had lost his beloved son Tommy to suicide.
Source: Midnight In Washington, by Adam Schiff, p.455-456 , Oct 12, 2021

Endorsed by Our Revolution national progressive group

[Candidate endorsed by the local progressive group coming out of the 2016 Bernie Sanders for President campaign. Their self-description]:

The goal of Our Revolution is to reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the "political revolution." Our Revolution is made up of hundreds of local groups all across the world, and all of our endorsements must first originate with a nomination from an official group.

Source: Our Revolution endorsement for 2016 U.S. Congress , Nov 8, 2016

Question Trump on Emoluments clause.

Raskin signed questioning Trump on Emoluments clause

Excerpts from Letter from 17 Senators to Trump Organization: The Trump Organization's continuing financial relationship with President Trump raises concerns about whether it is a pass-through for income that violates the Constitution's two Emoluments Clauses: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 on foreign Emoluments; and Article II, Clause 7 on domestic Emoluments. Please answer the following questions to help Congress understand:

Legal Analysis: (Cato Institute, "Emoluments Clause vs. Trump Empire," 11/29/16): The wording of the Emoluments clause points one way to resolution: Congress can give consent, as it did in the early years of the Republic to presents received by Ben Franklin. It can decide what it is willing to live with in the way of Trump conflicts. If it misjudges public opinion, it will pay a political price at the next election.

FOIA argument: (ACLU Center for Democracy, "FOIA Request," 1/19/17): We filed our first Freedom of Information Act request of the Trump Era, seeking documents relating President Trump's conflicts of interest relating to his business connections. When Trump took the oath of office, he didn't take the steps necessary to ensure that he and his family's business interests comply with the Constitution. Some have even argued that upon taking the oath of office, the new president is already violating the Emoluments Clause.

Source: Letter from 17 Senators 17LTR-EMOL on May 18, 2017

Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Raskin voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.