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192. Impeachment: List All Clear Violations

16 Nov

In the articles of impeachment currently being developed, it is important to list everything convincing and with clear evidence! Anything not listed will be assumed by Republicans and others to be OK. It is not just one thing that makes impeachment urgent, it is widespread criminality. Listed below are my suggestions.

Bribery: Trump delayed release of $391 million in vital support to Ukraine, in exchange for Pres. Zelensky making a public announcement of a Biden investigation.  This is a clear deal (quid pro quo) with a foreign country. The Zelensky public announcement  was actually scheduled, but cancelled when the military aid was released as a result of investigations. Delay of this aid is likely responsible for military deaths.

Obstruction of Justice. In the articles, I would include the clearest obstructions of justice listed in the Mueller Report.

Obstructions of Congress.  List all orders by Trump to ignore subpoenas and requests for documents. Include requests for information sent to Trump.

Also consider witness tampering, failure to divest his businesses, possible treason in his support of national enemies and ignoring election violations, undermining agencies like the FBI and the DOJ, and violations of the US Constitution. I repeat, only include clear and convincing items with evidence.

The bottom line is: the major reason for impeachment is not just any one incident, but it is widespread Trump-administration criminality, including many criminal staff.  Also consider that if one item is rejected by the Senate, there are others that may be accepted. The more articles presented, the greater the chance of something being approved.  Impeachment, even without conviction, is so important, because it tells the world that this president does not represent the majority of our country.

 

 

 

169. In the USA, an Emerging Tyranny?

8 May

(Note: this blog was written two days ago, Monday, May 6.)

There are tyrants (autocrats, despots, authoritarians) all over the world. These greedy leaders establish their dominance by a typical pathway. It is important for people to recognize the gradual progression towards tyranny, so that they can fight these dangerous steps.

Here are the usual steps in the transition from president to monarch:

Step 1. Form a “base” of poorly-educated gullible citizens that can be manipulated. The base can be violent and aggressive, to create fear and submission by others. Later, better-educated opportunists may join the base.

Step 2. Get elected, using the base, intimidation, scams, illicit coalitions and whatever else works.

Step 3. Make the appointments of all gov leaders, judges, generals/admirals based on
loyalty rather than competence.  This cadre of loyal officials helps to keep a tyrant in office.

Step 4. Change the law to benefit rich friends. An example is a reduction in pollution safeguards that help manufacturers, but put the citizens at risk.

Step 5. Fight all actions against you. This can be done by attacking and limiting the press, by re-writing history, emphasizing your successes, suppressing investigations, ignoring subpoenas, and other negative legal actions.

Step 6. Most dangerous is any attempt to increase term limits or in any way prolonging the stay in office. All of the worst despots were able to find an illicit way to win elections or abolish elections so that they remain in power indefinitely.
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Trump has taken all these steps and has even proposed something relevant to Step 6: that the first two years of his office were ruined by investigation and he should be given an extra two years to compensate. Thoughts like this are vile and dangerous. In many of my previous blogs, I have described the destructive nature of his presidency.

166. No Impeachment, Wait for Election?

28 Apr

A viewpoint of Fareed Zacharia and many Democrat leaders is to forget (or delay) impeachment and wait two years for the election. Here are the arguments for not doing impeachment (or a long delay):

Impeachment will make Trump supporters very angry.

Trump’s supporters will feel that his election was unjustly nullified.

Impeachment will lose in the Senate and we will be worse off because Trump will claim a victory.

It should be noted that the Mueller Report contains numerous details and evidence that can be used for creating articles of impeachment. Actually, even what is already in the public domain is convincing.

Now, here are the arguments  FOR  impeachment, as soon as possible.

Most important, the longer Trump is in office, the more damage he will do to the USA. Letting him wreak havoc for another two years is frightening and unacceptable.

Failure to impeach means Trump’s method of using fear is working. We can’t risk making Repubs angry? Republicans are always angry with Democrats and can’t be trusted.

Trump’s loyal “base” will be disappointed because a valid (?) election was nullified? Sorry, I cannot sympathize with gullible Trump supporters, Russian scammers who rigged the election, or unpatriotic Repub Congressmen who legislate for rich donors.

What about Democrats that will be angry and disappointed because we allow a tyrant like Trump to use fear and scams to control our country.

If we impeach, it is possible the Senate will convict. Here is why (from my recent tweet). It is very likely that many Republican Senators, secretly dislike Trump. If he reaches the cliff of Senate conviction, they may feel safe to vote against him. If Trump is convicted, he can no longer harm them. If conviction fails, do we really care what Trump says about it. He will lie no matter what happens.

Remember, it is possible that Trump will win the next election. Impeachment is another way this could be prevented.

 

 

156. Mueller Ends, Others Continue

23 Mar

Briefly, here is the situation. Wise old Mueller decided to end his investigation because it is better continued by others. He is too limited and he is actually controlled by the party under investigation. Congress and the states can now continue it under better circumstances. He knows what he is doing.

Here are the details.  The investigation of the Special Counsel was limited to election interference by Russia (and maybe others). There are many other problems with the Trump government. There is obstruction of justice, emolument (gifts from foreign govs) violations, security violations by Trump and family, possible money laundering, failure to divest his financial interests, possible tax evasion, and favoritism to a foreign power because of illicit leverage.

Many of these possible illicit aspects of  the Trump administration can be investigated by states attorneys general. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, is one unit that will probably do the much of the investigation.  The other probes will be conducted by House of Rep. committees. An example is the House Oversight and Reform committee. All of these organizations have already been active in this matter. It may take another year or two to develop all the possible indictments and convictions.  Most vulnerable are Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner. Although it may not be possible to indict the President for any specific crimes, there may be enough evidence for impeachment. Congress will have to make the decision. I think there is already enough evidence for an impeachment, but there may be good arguments for waiting or not doing this at all. Trump nullification (see my blog) may be a better idea. The nullification would be accomplished primarily by acts of Congress, or maybe even by members of Trump’s administration. In various ways, Trump’s plans would not take effect.

I suspect that even after his formal work is finished,  Mueller will still play a role (maybe very covert) in transferring information and in other ways moving investigations forward. The irony here is that Trump said that Hillary would be under investigation for a long time even after her election. Instead, he is the one with never-ending probes. Also he said that the election would be rigged in Hillary’s favor, but in fact, it was rigged for him.