FSFP Board Chair Ben Clements recently addressed a crowd at the Boston Common during one of over two hundred Reject The Cover Up rallies nation-wide. The mass mobilizations were in response to the U.S Senate’s vote to acquit Donald Trump following his impeachment in the House of Representatives.

“In the face of overwhelming – not just overwhelming – uncontested evidence of the most clear-cut…democracy-threatening high crimes, 52 members of the Senate have decided that they will not vote to remove him,” said Clements.

Free Speech For People and a coalition of national advocacy groups released a statement following the Senate’s vote to acquit Trump for his abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In addition to condemning the vote, the statement called for the House of Representatives to:

1.) Subpoena John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and any other witnesses or documents previously contested by the White House—and litigate those subpoenas up to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary;

2.) Re-open the impeachment inquiry to consider the full panoply of Trump’s misconduct, as detailed in the “Impeachment For The People” document in November 2019; 

3.) Create and staff a new standing committee in the House for the defense of free and fair elections.

“If this President is to stand, our constitutional democracy falls. We cannot let this President stand, we cannot let this cover-up stand,” said Clements.

Watch Ben Clements’s full speech here.