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Trump's Criminal Administration


This nation is at the mercy of a criminal administration

By Max Boot
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May 3 at 11:29 AM


Imagine that you live in a town that has been taken over by gangsters. The mayor is a crook and so are the district attorney and police chief. You can’t fight city hall. But at least you know you can turn for help to the state or federal government. Now imagine that it’s not a city or state that has been taken over by criminals — it’s the federal government. Where do you turn for help? That is not a theoretical concern. After the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report, it’s our grim reality.

Even before Mueller’s probe ended, federal prosecutors in New York had implicated President Trump in ordering his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to violate federal campaign finance laws. Mueller then documented at least six ironclad incidents of obstruction of justice by Trump along with numerous instances of misconduct that, while not criminal, are definitely impeachable. The New York Review of Books reported that two prosecutors working for Mueller said that if Trump weren’t president, he would have been indicted.

Now the administration is obstructing attempts to bring the president to justice for obstruction of justice. William P. Barr isn’t the attorney general; he is, as David Rothkopf said, the obstructor general. We now know that Mueller wrote (in Barr’s description) a “snitty” letter objecting that Barr’s deceptive summary of his work, designed to falsely exonerate Trump, “threatens to undermine … public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

Yet when Barr testified to Congress after receiving the Mueller letter but before releasing the Mueller report, he claimed not to know whether Mueller disagreed with his conclusions. “He lied to Congress,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) charged. But even if it could be proved that Barr committed perjury (no sure thing), who would prosecute him? Is he (or his deputy) going to appoint a special counsel to investigate himself? Unlikely. And if he did appoint a special counsel, would he heed the counsel’s conclusions? Also unlikely.

Barr’s jaw-dropping performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday dispelled any lingering confidence in the impartial administration of justice — the bedrock of our republic. He actually testified that if the president feels an investigation is unfounded, he “does not have to sit there constitutionally and allow it to run its course. The president could terminate the proceeding and it would not be a corrupt intent because he was being falsely accused.” Given that no president has ever felt justly accused of any misconduct, this means that the president is above the law. Barr is endorsing the Nixon doctrine: “Well, when the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.”

The administration makes clear that this is precisely its intent with its scandalous stonewalling of Congress. Barr himself refused to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Trump is suing to prevent his accountants and financial institutions from sharing his business records with Congress, while his treasury secretary is refusing to comply with a lawful demand for his tax returns. Trump is also blocking numerous current and former officials, including former White House counsel Donald McGahn, from testifying about his misdeeds. His conduct is redolent of the third article of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon for failing “to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas” from Congress.

While conferring legal immunity upon himself, Trump is eager to weaponize the legal system against his opponents. The Mueller report documents three separate occasions when Trump demanded a Justice Department investigation of Hillary Clinton. Now, the New York Times reports, Trump and his attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, are attempting to instigate a criminal probe of his leading 2020 opponent, Joe Biden, on what appear to be trumped-up charges of corruption. In one of the more chilling exchanges during his Senate testimony, Barr would not say whether “the president or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested” that he open an investigation. If the answer were “no,” he would have said so.

It is hard to think of any president in the past 230 years, including Nixon, who has ever sabotaged the rule of law so flagrantly or so successfully to protect his own hide. And, sadly, it is hard to imagine that anything can be done about it before Nov. 3, 2020. The House could try to compel compliance with its subpoenas, but the Justice Department will never file criminal charges, and the courts could take years to decide a civil suit. The House could vote to impeach Trump or Barr — which they richly deserve — but that would be a purely symbolic act and could backfire politically because Senate Republicans, like the O.J. Simpson jury, would vote to acquit regardless of the evidence.

So for the next 18 months, at a minimum, this nation is at the mercy of a criminal administration. I am in despair as I have never been before about the future of our experiment in self-rule. Before Mueller filed his report, it was possible to imagine the president being brought to justice. That fantasy is no longer tenable. Instead we are left with the dismaying likelihood that the president will now feel emboldened to commit ever greater transgressions to hold onto power — and thus delay a possible post-presidential indictment.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/03/this-nation-is-mercy-criminal-administration/?utm_term=.fd9181425857

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I was trying to get at this last night on another thread, but did it poorly.

Kamala Harris's questioning of Attorney General Barr on May 1 about whether the administration had asked him to investigate anyone brought out the obvious answer, even though Barr wouldn't give her an answer. He wouldn't answer because the answer is yes.

What will Trump and Barr be willing to do to keep Trump in power? Take some kind of trumped-up action against Trump's strongest opponents? Create some kind of emergency allowing the administration to declare martial law and suspend elections?

I'm sure this sounds like sheer lunacy, but given Trump's actions to date I'm not at all confident that something like that won't happen.

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Now, the New York Times reports, Trump and his attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, are attempting to instigate a criminal probe of his leading 2020 opponent, Joe Biden, on what appear to be trumped-up charges of corruption.

I hadn't heard this. *sigh* They're COMPLETELY out of control, and if the House doesn't reel them in, no one will.

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A goodly part of the country doesn't care and support Trump.
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A goodly part of the country doesn't care and support Trump.



I can understand that to mean they don't support Trump or they do support Trump. Which way did you mean it?

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A goodly part of the country doesn't care and support Trump.



I can understand that to mean they don't support Trump or they do support Trump. Which way did you mean it?



That they do support Trump regardless.

As mah old frhand Ron White sez, ya just cahn't fix stoopid!!!
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When I hear Trump’s minions use the word coup it is obviously projection. Trump and his cohorts are taking over and reshaping this government in direct contravention of the law and the Constitution. The coup is taking place. They are creating a deep state intended to vilify then oust Constitutionalists.
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New York Times: Pelosi worries Trump won't give up power if he loses re-election by small margin

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Updated 8:55 PM ET, Sat May 4, 2019


CNN -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is concerned President Donald Trump will not voluntarily step down unless Democrats win by a "big" enough margin in 2020 that he doesn't contest the results, the New York Times reported Saturday.

In an interview with the newspaper this week, the Democratic leader expressed worry over a scenario where Trump would not accept the election results if he were to lose re-election by a slim margin, the Times reported.

"We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that," Pelosi told the newspaper Wednesday.

Pelosi told the Times she had worried that Trump would "poison the public mind" and "challenge each of the races" if Democrats didn't win by an overwhelming majority in 2018.

Democrats picked up a net gain of 40 seats in the 2018 midterms -- the largest Democratic House gain since 1974.

"We had to win. Imagine if we hadn't won -- oh, don't even imagine. So, as we go forward, we have to have the same approach," Pelosi said to the Times.

The White House declined to comment on the record.

Trump had warned against "illegal voting" during the 2018 midterm elections, despite a lack of evidence. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump falsely claimed that "millions of people" voted illegally for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, costing him the popular vote.

In her interview with the Times, Pelosi also warned her party not pursue impeachment against Trump or to alienate voters by moving too far to the left, the Times noted.

"Own the center left, own the mainstream," she told the Times.

Pelosi told her caucus last month not to focus on impeachment, as Democrats have remained divided over the issue.

In a CNN poll after the Mueller report was released, 37% said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, 59% said they do not feel that way.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/04/politics/nancy-pelosi-trump-2020-election-impeachment/index.html

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I don't know what he can do about it if he loses, even by one vote in the Electoral College.
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I don't know what he can do about it if he loses, even by one vote in the Electoral College.



I assume he would get his "Second Amendment people" locked and loaded.

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I don't know what he can do about it if he loses, even by one vote in the Electoral College.



I assume he would get his "Second Amendment people" locked and loaded.


That's the danger.

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In previous Administrations, namely Clinton, GWB, and Obama, I read the same thing, that they had no intention of surrendering power after their term. I dismissed it as tin foil hat lunacy and moved on. Now, during the Trump era, I consider it not only possible, but also plausible. The stage is set. These are dangerous times. Questions like who will control the military become relevant. Will the military do the bidding of an authoritarian? Is there anything in place to prevent a rogue president from actually refusing to relinquish power? Who or what could prevent it? By what means? The Department of Justice?
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Yes, Brick, I've heard those same worries about previous administrations refusing to step down and, like you, dismissed such things as nonsense.

But this time it seems far more plausible, especially given that one of Trump's former confidants (I think it was Michael Cohen) said he wouldn't go quietly.

And leaving office presents some real dangers for Trump. At that point he can be indicted.

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His Attorney General has shown clearly that Donald Trump is above the law. Would his refusal to step down be a bridge too far for Barr?
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His Attorney General has shown clearly that Donald Trump is above the law. Would his refusal to step down be a bridge too far for Barr?



Hard to say how many bridges Barr wants to cross with him.

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His Attorney General has shown clearly that Donald Trump is above the law. Would his refusal to step down be a bridge too far for Barr?



Hard to say how many bridges Barr wants to cross with him.



I agree, and that causes me great concern.

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His Attorney General has shown clearly that Donald Trump is above the law. Would his refusal to step down be a bridge too far for Barr?



Hard to say how many bridges Barr wants to cross with him.



I agree, and that causes me great concern.




Me, too.

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William Barr has accomplished the impossible. He makes Jeff Sessions look almost acceptable.

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William Barr has accomplished the impossible. He makes Jeff Sessions look almost acceptable.



I'm wincing because you make a very good point.

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William Barr has accomplished the impossible. He makes Jeff Sessions look almost acceptable.



Sad but true, Hawk.
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