I wonder how many Congress-Dems have as much backbone as Zoe Lofgren?


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The sole member of the House Judiciary Committee to have taken part in the three modern impeachments from Nixon to Trump

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has released a detailed examination of the social media accounts of Republican House members who voted to overturn the 2020 election results to analyze what role they might have played in inciting the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

“Like former President [Donald] Trump, any elected member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government,” Lofgren wrote in the prologue to her 1,939 page “social media review.”

“They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the article of impeachment” against Trump following the Capitol riot…

(The) Constitution “prohibits any person who has previously taken an oath as a member of Congress to support the Constitution but subsequently engaged in insurrection or rebellion from serving in Congress,” she wrote, referring to a section of the 14th Amendment.

Ask that headline question up top of Mr. Biden, as well.

Asterisk rules!

Wikipedia: Competitive sports and games — In colloquial usage, an asterisk is used to indicate that a record is somehow tainted by circumstances, which are putatively explained in a footnote referenced by the asterisk.

* Impeached for corrupt practices

Pelosi about to get off the fence!

❝ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce she is directing an impeachment inquiry into President Trump following reports that the president withheld aid to Ukraine while he was pressing the country to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son…

The announcement is expected at 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, after a meeting with all Democratic House lawmakers to discuss the Ukraine matter and growing calls from Democrats to pursue removing Mr. Trump from office.

❝ Mrs. Pelosi has been reluctant to move toward impeachment, saying she would prefer to defeat Mr. Trump at the ballot box in 2020. She spent the weekend and Monday making calls to on-the-fence Democrats and her allies, taking the temperature on where members stood.

Poisonally, I think we should lock this corrupt fake president up in a nice tight federal prison…and throw away the key!

Yes, I changed the question mark in the headline to an exclamation point. Here we go…

Pete Domenici reinforces Republican tradition of hypocrisy

Former Sen. Pete Domenici has disclosed that he fathered a secret child in the 1970s with the 24-year-old daughter of one of his Senate colleagues – a startling revelation for a politician with a reputation as an upstanding family man.

Domenici and Michelle Laxalt sent statements to the Albuquerque Journal that announced the relationship for the first time and identified their son as Nevada attorney Adam Paul Laxalt. They said they decided to go public with their decades-old secret because they believed someone was about to release the information in an attempt to smear Domenici.

I’m not quite certain how a true story about a hypocrite and liar is a “smear”?

Domenici was the longest-serving senator in New Mexico history when he retired in 2008 after six terms. He was known for his unflagging support of the state’s national laboratories and military installations, and he became a power broker for his work on the federal budget and energy policy.

Domenici voted for the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1998 after his affair with Monica Lewinsky, but his floor statement focused on the fact that Clinton had lied under oath…But in the same speech, he cited the value of “truthfulness” and how it’s the first pillar of good character.

Reached at his home in Washington on Wednesday, Domenici said he had nothing more to say. Domenici and his wife have been married more than 50 years and have eight children…

In 2008, Domenici was reprimanded by the Senate ethics committee for his involvement in a scandal over the Bush administration’s firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

At the time, Laxalt defended Domenici’s integrity on CNN, calling him an honorable man who was supporting “no fewer than eight children.”

Domenici’s history as an advocate for war and armaments named him locally as the Senator from Kirtland [Air Force Base]. His political career got its first national bump when as head of Albuquerque’s City Commission he had the national guard called out to attack students who occupied the University of New Mexico in opposition to the VietNam war.

Being a very public hypocrite about family and sex just comes naturally to some politicians.

Evidence grows against federal judge – impeachment overdue!

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It is not the lifestyle of a typical federal judge: five or six vodka cocktails at lunch; gambling with borrowed money; bankruptcy under a phony name; and cash, trips or home repairs from lawyers and a bail bondsman with business before his court…

Why should we believe this isn’t typical? 🙂

“The fact is that we are discovering a pattern of misbehavior that occurred over such a long period of time that it’s virtually unique in the annals of impeachment,” Michael Gerhardt, a constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina, told the House panel. “Just imagine what happens if you don’t act here? What kind of precedent does that set?”

His lawyer, Richard Westling, acknowledges that the evidence does not look good…he says the House has disregarded significant facts and circumstances. Judge Porteous may have made mistakes, Mr. Westling said in an interview, but his transgressions do not warrant impeachment…

Mr. Westling has his work cut out for him.

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Pressure mounts on Musharraf to quit

UPDATE: Musharraf says he will resign rather than face impeacement.

Cynic that I am, I guess that means he couldn’t find enough Army officers to support a coup.

Pakistan’s ruling coalition has taken another step toward impeaching President Pervez Musharraf, finalizing the charges to be launched against the former army strongman if he refuses to resign.

Musharraf is holding out against enormous pressure to quit from foes who swept February elections and relegated the stalwart U.S. ally to the political sidelines.

On Sunday, a committee of coalition officials agreed on a list of impeachment charges against the president, Information Minister Sherry Rehman said.

Rehman provided no details of the charges, which will now go to coalition leaders for a final decision on launching impeachment proceedings in Parliament.

“We’ve come to a mutual conclusion on what we shall present to the leaders of the coalition government,” Rehman told reporters after the committee meeting in Islamabad.

“Once they have cleared it, we will be presenting it as part of a resolution and charge sheet in the joint houses and, God willing, that should happen this week,” she said.

I realize this is mostly political claptrap from one or another PR maven. Musharraf can be trusted to keep his word about as much as his buddy in the White House.

For those parties and people in South Asia working and hoping for peace and democracy, it’s still a step forward from the past decade.