In defending President Donald Trump against impeachment, the president’s legal team has had to perform legal gymnastics to try and justify Trump’s innocence, using tactics from stonewalling to outright lies…In a memo released prior to Trump’s Senate trial, the president’s lawyers turned to a new line of reasoning in their defense, claiming that “abuse of power,” one of the articles of impeachment the House voted in favor of, is not actually an impeachable offense because it’s not a real crime…
The New York Times points out that in a memo written in the summer of 2018 when he was still a private attorney, now-U.S. Attorney General William Barr argued the exact opposite of what the Trump team is now claiming in their defense of the president. In the memo…Barr argues that the president is shielded from criminal penalties and should not be held accountable by a special prosecutor. Instead, the president is held responsible by Congress and their impeachment powers—not just for criminal charges, but for “any abuses of discretion.” “Under the Framers’ plan, the determination whether the President is making decisions based on ‘improper’ motives or whether he is ‘faithfully’ discharging his responsibilities is left to the People, through the election process, and the Congress, through the Impeachment process,” Barr wrote. “The fact that President is answerable for any abuses of discretion and is ultimately subject to the judgment of Congress through the impeachment process means that the President is not the judge in his own cause.”
I’m not clear which sort of hypocrisy is more corrupt. Just taking your paycheck and vomiting out required paragraphs of legal puke. Or practicing phony law to prop up criminal incompetents because he is your Fuehrer.
Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow bands of moisture in the atmosphere that extend from the tropics to higher latitudes. These rivers in the sky can transport 15 times the volume of the Mississippi River. When that moisture reaches the coast and moves inland, it rises over the mountains, generating rain and snowfall and sometimes causing extreme flooding.
Recently…a team of researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Army Corps of Engineers in the first systematic analysis of damages from atmospheric rivers due to extreme flooding. We found that while many of these events are benign, the largest of them cause most of the flooding damage in the western U.S. And atmospheric rivers are predicted to grow longer, wetter and wider in a warming climate.
RTFA. More info. A scale for evaluating the dangerous potential in these rivers. Another wake-up call for this nation.