Whether he realizes it or not, Andrew Weissmann just admitted what we always knew:
The purpose of the Mueller investigation was “trying to get rid of” President Trump and laying a perjury trap. While it sounds reasonable on paper for Trump and others to” just make a statement and clear things up,” and for the uninitiated it sounds reasonable. It is why when you are asked by authorities for a statement it is now wise to be represented by an attorney. This is what we have come to. Ask Flynn how it worked out for him.
That was the first salvo. No surprise. May have to click on clip a couple of times.
Mustang gives us his thoughts on the impeachment.
What is a high crime or misdemeanor? The answer will always depend on whom you ask, and when you ask them. The US House of Representatives impeached President Donald J. Trump because they believed it was in their own interests to do so—not to see that the President was found guilty of serious offenses against the Republic or its people, but because President Trump had the unmitigated gall to win the last presidential election, and because Mr. Trump is well placed, politically, to win re-election later this year.
The elections in November 2020 would be a good time to remind Democrats and Republicans alike, that their duty is something more than self-interested cleverness and blind obedience to the dictates of party bosses.
In practical terms, an impeachable offense is whatever the United States house of Representatives says that it is —with one caveat: when the members of the U. S. House of Representatives are acting pursuant to the duties they have sworn to uphold, and not out of narrow, calculating self-interests.
A political concern vis-à-vis the office of the President of the United States is one thing, a political self-interest vis-à-vis the office of the President of the United States is another. Public corruption undermines our constitutionally formed institutions and it distorts our democratic processes. US law, or at least as it seems to me, fails to adequately defend the Republic (and its people) against corruption.
This is what the foundational law of the United States requires, but the precise meaning of the phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” is not defined in the U. S. Constitution. In England in the 17th and 18th centuries, the phrase was construed to mean corrupt activity by those who have special duties that are not shared with common persons. An ordinary person cannot be charged with high crimes and misdemeanors, but they can be charged with treason and bribery.
Article I, Section 2, Clause 5
The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
Article I, Section 3, Clauses 6 and 7
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States; but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
Article II, Section 4
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanor
As Kevin D. Williamson recently reminded us in National Review, “It would be a good thing if the American people had more confidence in our federal government. It would be a better thing if our government deserved the confidence of the American people.” Williamson is the author of The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in an Age of Mob Politics.
Other than that all is well in the swamp.
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