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Monday, May 15, 2017 8:56 pm

Grounds for impeachment


The Washington Post’s newest story on Donald Trump makes a good time to stop and assess where we are right now. And where we are right now is damned depressing.

Were I a member of the U.S. House, right now I could introduce no fewer than four articles of impeachment regarding Trump, any one of which would be grounds for removing him from office.

  1. He retained a foreign agent (Michael Flynn) as national security advisor for days after being advised that Flynn was a foreign agent.
  2. He obstructed justice by firing FBI director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Trump’s Russia ties (more on which below).
  3. He has committed serial violations of the Emoluments Clause.
  4. As documented in the Post article linked above, he has not only leaked highly classified (“codeword”) intelligence to the Russians, he also blew an anti-ISIS intelligence source managed by another country in doing so. This was information so sensitive we weren’t even sharing it with our other allies. Indeed, it is hard to read about this disclosure and not wonder why Trump isn’t being indicted for treason.

Any or all of these actions are grounds for impeachment and removal from office, even before the investigation of Trump’s Russia ties really gets going. That investigation, I am convinced, will at the least find evidence that Trump laundered Russian money, if not evidence of other crimes as well. And I’m almost as sure that it will implicate a number of Trump associates, among them Vice President Pence and House Speaker Ryan in the line of succession.

The Republicans control the House and Senate, so, naturally, Congress is doing nothing about these crimes, even though if President Hillary Clinton had committed them, she would have been impeached before sundown. But Congressional Republicans, to a man and woman, are accomplices in treason, nothing but Putinesque cockholsters.

Some commenters have drawn comparisons between the Comey firing and Watergate. But Watergate was just the cover-up of a third-rate burglary. What Trump is doing is much worse, and this time around we haven’t a single Congressional Republican willing to put country before party.

For 38 years, I was a law-and-order Republican, and here’s what I think: Trump needs to hang for treason. And Congressional Republicans need to hang alongside him.

 

 

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19 Comments »

  1. […] SOURCE […]

    Pingback by Grounds for impeachment – Greensboro 101 — Monday, May 15, 2017 9:10 pm @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  2. This is serious.

    Comment by Success Inspirers' World — Monday, May 15, 2017 9:48 pm @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  3. Get a grip, really. Move on. You are degrading yourself.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:13 pm @ 6:13 pm | Reply

    • Fred, history’s gonna want to know which side of Trump people were on. And I’m not gonna have my grandkids asking why people call me a good German. If you find that degrading, that’s your problem.

      Comment by Lex — Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:43 pm @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  4. Abbott and Costello couldn’t have said it any beter . The government investigates . What a goat f—ing. LOL !!!

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:31 pm @ 7:31 pm | Reply

    • Pretty sure Mueller knows how to run an investigation, but thanks for playing.

      Comment by Lex — Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:39 pm @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  5. Three Times Barack Obama Attempted to Obstruct Justice

    Where was the outrage over this.

    “Obama sent strong signals to police and the judiciary about how he wanted certain cases resolved. While he was more subtle about it than the bull-in-a-china-shop Trump, his desires were no less clear.

    Let’s start with the most egregious example, his attempt on April 10, 2016, to influence the decision on whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information by setting up her own email server.

    First, knowing that prosecutors choose which cases to pursue and which not to, even if there technically is criminality, Obama attempted to mitigate the transgression.

    “She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy,” Obama told Chris Wallace of Fox News. “What I also know is that there’s classified and then there’s classified. There’s stuff that is really top secret top secret, and then there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state that you may not want on the transom or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff you can get in open sources.”

    Next, he addressed the issue of intent and her loyalty to the country, noting her commitment to service.

    “I continue to believe she has not jeopardized America’s national security,” Obama said. “Now what I’ve also said, and she’s acknowledged, is there’s a carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned and she has owned and she recognizes. But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective. This is somebody who served her country for four years as Secretary of State and did an outstanding job.”

    In August 2014, Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Whether Wilson acted justifiably would have to be investigated, but that didn’t stop Obama from repeatedly suggesting how much he cared about Brown and his family, which had to weigh on prosecutors.

    A few days after the shooting, Obama expressed empathy for Brown’s family and referred to him affectionately as “this young man”

    The next month, at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner, Obama said the shooting had “awakened our nation” to the problems between African-Americans and police. So Michael Brown was now some sort of civil rights icon.

    The president’s view of the case was clear, but his own Justice Department eventually decided they couldn’t justify pursuing Wilson.

    I do not recall Obama ever expressing empathy for Officer Wilson, who was exonerated after the evidence showed he acted in self-defense after Brown tried to take his gun and possibly kill him with it. And while the trauma is no doubt worse for the person on the wrong end of a bullet, Wilson no doubt experienced extraordinary distress at having to kill someone and then be charge in the public arena with doing it out of racism.

    In March 2012, after Trayvon Martin, an African-American, was killed by “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman, Obama said a few days later that Americans need to do “some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen,” and famously added, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

    Now, what kind of message does that send to prosecutors and potential jurors?

    Nevertheless, the jurors in the case were not influenced by Obama’s attempt to distort justice, and they pronounced Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder.

    And nobody ever impeached Obama. Not even once.”

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:06 pm @ 8:06 pm | Reply

    • No, no one did, even though the Republicans had a rabid anti-Obama majority in the House. So your point would be … what, exactly?

      Comment by Lex — Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:20 pm @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  6. My point. No one, regardless of party affiliation ( or the media ). in spite of Obama’s attempts to obstruct ,justice, even whispered impeachment .

    Behold the brilliant Victor Davis Hanson, So bright it is blinding . Pay attention.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Saturday, May 20, 2017 1:30 am @ 1:30 am | Reply

  7. Oh, BTW, what’s the crime ?

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:57 pm @ 4:57 pm | Reply

    • I listed two crimes above, as well as two instances that, while they might or might not constitute crimes, certainly qualify as lapses in judgment so awful as to disqualify Trump for the presidency. And Bob Woodward has spent the last 35 years coasting on Watergate and writing a particularly noxious form of access journalism, as you and anyone with a pulse ought to know. He is an investigative reporter anymore only in the most attenuated sense.

      Comment by Lex — Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:20 pm @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  8. The final point. It was Podesta, Hillary or Bill . Not Trump

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:07 pm @ 8:07 pm | Reply

    • Trump is both the issue here and the problem, but you wouldn’t see that with toothpicks holding your eyes open.

      Comment by Lex — Friday, May 26, 2017 6:39 am @ 6:39 am | Reply

  9. Back attcha former RINO

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Friday, May 26, 2017 7:49 pm @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  10. Obama’s spying on Americans. Impeachment is not possible now that he is out-of office but how about criminal prosecution ?

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, May 29, 2017 5:56 pm @ 5:56 pm | Reply

    • Not only is impeachment possible, it would be necessary to go after his pension.

      Comment by Lex — Monday, May 29, 2017 7:20 pm @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  11. Works for me

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, June 5, 2017 4:10 pm @ 4:10 pm | Reply


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