7 thoughts on “New Trumpublican Constitution

  1. Antebellum says:

    What Happens if Trump Won’t Step Down? National security expert Josh Geltzer on why we should be prepared for the worst. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/joshua-geltzer-election-peaceful-transition-of-power-donald-trump.html
    “In February, Georgetown Law professor Josh Geltzer began to ponder aloud what would happen if President Donald Trump refused to leave office were he to be defeated in 2020. It sounded far-fetched, but Geltzer isn’t a conspiracy theorist. Actually, he served as senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council and, prior to that, as deputy legal adviser to the NSC and counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security. When he wrote his essay suggesting that perhaps it was time to start preparing for if Trump, who has repeatedly shown a willingness to overstep his constitutional authority, simply refused to leave the Oval Office, he was met with silence. When Michael Cohen warned in his March testimony before Congress, “given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 there will never be a peaceful transition of power,” he too was met with awkward silence. But the anxieties gradually began to grow. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fretted about this possibility in a May interview in the New York Times. When Politico probed the question this summer, it noted: “Constitutional experts and top Republican lawmakers dismiss the fears as nonsense, noting there are too many forces working against a sitting president simply clinging to power—including history, law and political pressure.” But commentators now seem less confident in those forces.
    On Thursday, Edward Luce at the Financial Times noted how often Trump jokes about having a third term, observing that, because of Trump’s belief that he could face prosecution after he leaves office, “no other US president has faced the prospect of being re-elected or going to jail.” He added that for Trump, losing the 2020 election is an existential threat, and he has openly invited foreign interference, while Mitch McConnell refuses to even consider legislation to secure the vote. And even if Trump is truly joking when he tweets that he deserves to be credited two extra years in his existing term, years he believes were lost to the Mueller probe, or riffs on staying on the job long after he’d been term-limited out, the tweets send a dangerous message to his loyalists.”
    (see interview)

  2. Privileged says:

    “Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski dismissed speculation that he could be held in contempt after a rollercoaster hearing Tuesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee in which he repeatedly exerted executive privilege regarding conversations with the president.
    “I answered every question I had the obligation to answer,” Lewandowski said Wednesday on CNN.” https://thehill.com/homenews/house/461909-lewandowski-theres-no-reason-for-me-to-be-held-in-contempt
    The former Trump campaign manager maintained Wednesday that he was happy to answer questions regarding his work on President Trump’s 2016 bid and in the administration but said he was simply following the White House’s request to keep private his conversations with the president himself.
    “That’s not my privilege. I don’t have the privilege, I’m not the chief executive officer of the United States, and so it is his privilege and the White House’s privilege and they’ve notified the committee that they are preserving that right under Article II of the Constitution, and they asked me to respect the directive of the White House, and so I’ve done that,” Lewandowski said.
    Lewandowski appeared as part of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
    Democrats centered their questioning around the president’s request in 2017 that Lewandowski deliver a letter to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking that he set new limits on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Lewandowski responded that a vacation with his family prevented him from giving Sessions the document.

  3. Divine right says:

    “The paper chase: A judge rightly rejects President Trump’s attempt to shield himself from any and all criminal scrutiny” https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-the-paper-chase-20191007-e2bwvmyvrbbq7pkfcrtosc633a-story.html
    Donald Trump has made sweeping claims of presidential immunity in a rush to federal court to block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s subpoena of eight years of tax returns as part of a grand jury proceeding.
    Such assertions, Federal Judge Victor Marrero ruled in a persuasive opinion, “would stretch to cover every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial conviction and incarceration,” setting up a situation “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”
    See http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/cases/show.php?db=special&id=719

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