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.
The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report / Report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Pursuant to H. Res. 660 in Consultation with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs December 2019.
That stolen election in 2016 continues to cost this nation in blood, sweat and tear$.
Tweedledee and Tweedledumb bookend their master — Nicholas Kamm/AFP
❝ …Trump retreated from his quest to add a question about US citizenship to the 2020 census on Thursday, declaring instead he would ask government agencies to provide records that could determine a head-count of citizens without polling census-takers directly.
The turnaround comes after Trump repeatedly said he would continue fighting to insert the question despite a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to the effort last month. It reflects legal reality intersecting with Trump’s desire to bolster his image as an immigration hard-liner as he moves ahead with his 2020 reelection bid…
❝ In announcing the decision, Trump insisted he would be unrelenting in seeking out citizenship information from alternate sources. He said agencies would be required to provide the Commerce Department with documents and records of citizens and non-citizens, which he said would help provide an accurate picture of US citizenship…“We will leave no stone unturned,” Trump said.
Then, he crawled back under the rock where he sleeps most of the time…