As former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial continues, it’s important to remember that while inciting an insurrection may have been his last impeachable offense, it was just the horrifying capstone to a four-year reign of impeachable corruption and abuse of power.

A recent CNN article chronicles the ten worst abuses of power by former President Donald Trump. Journalist Marshall Cohen published the list of abuses after consulting with “a politically diverse group of [16] constitutional scholars, presidential historians and experts on democratic institutions,” to identify Trump’s most egregious abuses.

The new report supports Free Speech For People’s four-year-long fight for Congress to hold Trump fully accountable: Congress should have pursued a broad impeachment inquiry long ago.

Free Speech For People co-launched the campaign to impeach Donald Trump on his first day in office for using the presidency as a profit-making enterprise at the public’s expense, in violation of the domestic and foreign emoluments clauses of the Constitution. In all, the organization outlined over a dozen legal grounds for Trump’s impeachment and urged Congress to broaden its first impeachment inquiry to go beyond the limited scope of the Ukraine scandal.

Those legal grounds for impeachment included:

  1. obstruction of justice;
  2. violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution;
  3. conspiring with others to: (a) commit crimes against the United States involving the solicitation and intended receipt by the Donald J. Trump campaign of things of value from a foreign government and other foreign nationals; and (b) conceal those violations;
  4. advocating illegal violence, giving aid and comfort to white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and undermining constitutional protections of equal protection under the law;
  5. abusing the pardon power;
  6. recklessly threatening nuclear war against foreign nations, undermining and subverting the essential diplomatic functions and authority of federal agencies, including the United States Department of State, and engaging in other conduct that grossly and wantonly endangers the peace and security of the United States, its people and people of other nations, by heightening the risk of hostilities involving weapons of mass destruction, with reckless disregard for the risk of death and grievous bodily harm;
  7. directing or endeavoring to direct law enforcement, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to investigate and prosecute political adversaries and others, for improper purposes not justified by any lawful function of his office, thereby eroding the rule of law, undermining the independence of law enforcement from politics, and compromising the constitutional right to due process of law;
  8. undermining the freedom of the press;
  9. cruelly and unconstitutionally imprisoning children and their families;
  10. making and directing illegal payments to influence the 2016 election;
  11. abusing emergency powers to fund and build a border wall that Congress has explicitly refused to fund;
  12. improperly directing or endeavoring to direct a foreign power to investigate his own political adversaries; and
  13.  ordering unauthorized military action in the Republic of Yemen, against the expressed opposition of Congress.

The new CNN report also includes Donald Trump’s most recent impeachable conduct. On January 5, 2021, Free Speech For People called for the second impeachment of Trump and urged Congress to disqualify him from future office after reports emerged that he had pressured a Georgia election official to “find 11,780 votes,” in an attempt to subvert the 2020 election results. The next day, the organization again called for Trump’s impeachment after he incited a violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol and disrupt the certification of Electoral College votes confirming his election loss.

If Congress had acted decisively against President Trump’s previous abuses of power, it might have spared the nation much death and misery, and drawn a clear line that no one–not even the president–is above the law. Read the full CNN article here.