impeachment

Opinion/Analysis: Trump flips tables on foes Pelosi, Schiff

President Donald Trump, in a late Sunday evening Twitter rant, did what he does and continues to do and with just a few short characters spread over a few short tweets, utterly slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff. This is why Trump’s “poll numbers are defying the impeachment mess,” as CNBC recently wrote. He’s the “junkyard dog who digs” out all the dirt on the government, as CNBC’s Jake Novak recently put it. Yep. He’s the guy who doesn’t quit, doesn’t cave, doesn’t back down — and doesn’t sell out the middle-of-America fly-over country citizens to cut lucrative personal-albeit-shady deals with government’s elites. What’s more: He goes on the offensive and attacks when all the cards — all the cowards — say he should retreat. “Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people, in the form of a fraudulent speech knowingly delivered as a ruthless con, and the illegal meetings with a highly partisan ‘Whistleblower’ & lawyer …,” Trump tweeted. “This makes Nervous Nancy every bit as guilty as Liddle’ Adam Schiff for High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” he said, in a follow-up tweet, “and even Treason. I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly ‘Colluded’ with them, must all be immediately Impeached!?” Priceless. Classic Trump. No wonder Sen. Kamala Harris, seeking the high White House office for 2020, wants Twitter executives to boot Trump from the social media platform. She wouldn’t be able to stand his tweeting fire if she were to become the candidate of Democratic Party choice. As it is, Trump took the calls for impeachment those on the left have been railing against him for years — and turned the tables. Flipped the accusations around. Pointed the same fuzzy impeachment finger back at his accusers. Legal? Lawful? Possible under the Constitution to officially impeach Pelosi and Schiff? Well, put it this way: It’s more lawful than going after a president for impeachment when there are no crimes he’s committed that are impeachment-worthy. It’s the messaging that matters. And on that, Trump is aces. He’s taken the cry for impeachment, flipped it around, and slung it right back at his political foes. Let Schiff and Pelosi feel some of the political heat for a while. Let Schiff and Pelosi face the uncomfortable — unAmerican — prospect of proving their own innocence over accusations that aren’t even formally charged. What goes around comes around. Even in politics. Especially with Trump. And for those who’ve still not caught on to the facts: That’s why Trump was elected in the first place.

Agreed..  Thanks to Cheryl Chumley for that spot-on op/ed.  Excellent!!     🙂

Alan Dershowitz: Congress is not above the law when it comes to impeachment – Don’t weaponize the Constitution

The mantra invoked by those Democrats who are seeking to impeach President Trump is that “no one is above the law.” That, of course, is true, but it is as applicable to Congress as it is to the president. Those members of Congress who are seeking to impeach the president, even though he has not committed any of the specified impeachable offenses set out in the Constitution, are themselves seeking to go above the law. All branches of government are bound by the law. Members of Congress, presidents, justices and judges must all operate within the law. All take an oath to support the Constitution, not to rewrite it for partisan advantage. It is the law that exempts presidents from being prosecuted or impeached for carrying out their constitutional authority under Article 2. The same Constitution precludes members of Congress from being prosecuted for most actions taken while on the floor of the House and Senate or on the way to performing their functions. The same Constitution, as interpreted by the courts, bestows immunity on judges for actions that would be criminal or tortious if engaged in by non-judicial individuals. None of this means that these government officials are above the law. It means that their immunized actions are within the law. The Constitution, which is the governing law, precludes Congress from impeaching a president for mere “dereliction” of duty or even alleged “corruption.” Under the text of the Constitution, a president’s actions to be impeachable must consist of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. The framers of the Constitution considered broadening the criteria for impeachment to include maladministration in office. But this proposal was soundly rejected, on the ground that it would give Congress too much power to control the president. Yet Democrats who are now seeking to impeach the president, despite the absence of impeachable offenses, are trying to do precisely what the framers of the Constitution forbade them from doing: exercising control over a president that is not authorized in the Constitution itself. Consider, for example, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who has said the following: “Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment.” It is she, and other like-minded members of Congress, who are claiming the right to be above the law. That is a dangerous claim whether made by a president or by a member of Congress. The framers of the Constitution did not want a weak president subject to the political control of Congress. Members of the Constitutional Convention explicitly expressed that view in rejecting criteria for impeachment short of criminal conduct. In the absence of the specified criminal conduct, the remedy for a non-impeachable president lies with the voters, not Congress. There are other constitutionally authorized remedies as well. These include reasonable congressional hearings conducted under the oversight powers of Congress. These hearings, too, must not be conducted for partisan purposes, but rather for legitimate legislative purposes, such as enacting new laws that evidence of the hearings show are necessary. The current hearings do not meet these standards. They are obviously calculated to obtain partisan advantage in the run-up to the 2020 election. Another option would be for Congress to appoint a nonpartisan expert commission, such as the one appointed following the 9/11 attacks. This commission could look deeply and objectively at all the issues growing out of the 2016 election, particularly Russian efforts to interfere in the American political process. The commission’s goal would not be criminal prosecutions, but rather preventive measures to assure no repetition in the 2020 and subsequent elections. Unfortunately, we live in a time of extreme partisanship, and no one seems interested in nonpartisan truth or in measures that help all Americans rather than only one party. The time has come to stop weaponizing the Constitution and our legal system for partisan advantage. Impeachment would be a lawless response to undertake, as is the use of partisan committees to obtain an electoral advantage. No one is above the law, but no one is beneath the legal protection of the law as well. Both parties should operate within the law for the benefit of the American people.

Agreed!!  And well said, Sir.  Dr. Alan M. Dershowitz, the author of that outstanding legal op/ed, is Felix Frankfurter professor of law, emeritus, at Harvard Law School. What you may find surprising is that Dr. Dershowitz is a proud liberal who makes a point to let folks know he proudly voted for Hillary.  He is one of the few intellectually honest liberals out there, who was recently DISinvited from appearing on CNN.  So, we’re happy to post his article here.  His latest book is “The Case Against Impeaching Trump.” Follow him on Twitter: @AlanDersh Facebook: @AlanMDershowitz.  Please consider this your Read of the Day.  If you read only one thing today here at The Daily Buzz, then READ THIS!!…and then forward it to all of your friends and family members, especially those who are Democrats or who watch MSNBC or CNN…and watch their heads explode.    🙂

Trey Gowdy says no to impeachment: ‘Have you met Joe Biden?’

Republican bulldog Rep. Trey Gowdy put the kibosh on the idea of impeaching President Obama during a nationally television Fox News interview, telling his broadcast audience that booting the commander-in-chief from his office would open the doors to something even worse —the ascension of Vice President Joseph R. Biden.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is my favorite Congressman, bar none.  Watching the way that former federal prosecutor, turned Congressman, tears up witnesses in front of his committees is awesome!  If you haven’t watched him do that yet, ya really need to.  Pop some popcorn first.  He is this good ol’ boy from South Carolina who is sharp as a tack and funny as hell.  And, he crucifies guys like the IRS Commissioner, etc.  I’d LOVE to see Johnathan Gruber testify in front of a committee that Trey chairs!He is a BIG pain in Obama’s butt, and doesn’t take crap from anyone.   🙂

Boehner rules out impeachment: ‘Scam started by Democrats’

Boehner rules out impeachment: ‘Scam started by Democrats’

Speaker Boehner is exactly correct in that this whole talk in D.C. of seriously considering impeaching Obama HAS been furthered by Dems as a fundraising tactic in this election season.  And, its apparently working…unfortunately.  Yes, there are some big names in the GOP party like Sarah Palin, some federal GOP legislators, and a few talk show hosts that HAVE been advocating impeachment.  All true.  And, in the interest of full disclosure, I am 100% sympathetic to those calls.  Obama has violated his oath of office countless times, failed in his #1 priority to protect America and its borders, and has knowingly, and brazenly circumvented Congress and our Constitutional process repeatedly for over 5 years.  If ever there was a President that should be impeached, its Obama.  Unfortunately, there is NOWHERE near the numbers in House (translation..votes) at this time for it to pass.  And, of course, the Senate is still under Dem control.  So, even if Obama were impeached by the House, he would never get convicted and removed from office as long as Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is the Majority Leader.  So, Speaker Boehner is wise to dismiss this for the time being, and downplay the hysteria being put out there by the DNC and Dem politicians.  That said, and depending on how the midterm elections in November (just over 3 months from now) turn out, it MIGHT be an issue that comes back up.  But, at least for now, its dead in the water, and should be.  We have a VERY important election in a little over 90 days..and its absolutely critical that we as a country stay focused on that, and not get distracted by the Dems and their scare tactics.

Sarah Palin: ‘It’s Time to Impeach’ President Obama

Sarah Palin: ‘It’s Time to Impeach’ President Obama

Gotta love Sarah Barracuda!  She just calls it as she sees it, and doesn’t hold back.  I totally sympathize, and empathize, with the former Alaskan Governor’s position, and passion.  And, I’ve been saying for a LONG time that Obama has NOT “faithfully executed” his oath of office.  In fact, he has brazenly ignored his responsibilities, and subverted the U.S. Constitution on numerous occasions, which we’ve documented here.  And, that was LONG before this latest crisis with the illegal aliens swarming over our southern border by literally the hundreds of thousands; a crisis he is squarely to blame for.  So, her point that if ever there was a President that was worthy of being impeached, its Obama…is well taken.  He has arrogantly violated his oath of office, has subverted the U.S. Constitution and the oath he swore to uphold and defend, and has on numerous occasions exercised extra constitutional authorities he does not have, so as to circumvent the House of Reps.; something he is threatening to do yet again this summer!  He is an arrogant, narcissistic, inept, elitist who cares nothing about the country he was elected to defend.  That isn’t even moot anymore as the evidence is overwhelming.

That said, from a practical standpoint, the idea of impeachment is probably not a very practical one.  Even IF Articles of Impeachment” were drawn up, and the House of Reps voted to have the man Impeached, he would most certainly NOT be convicted in the U.S. Senate, because its under Dem control.  Granted, that might change in November.  But, that’s a BIG “might.”  Even when it was barely under GOP control in the ’90s, there wasn’t enough votes to convict then Pres. Bill Clinton and have him removed from office.  He was simply left with the disgrace/dishonor of having been the second President in U.S. history to have been impeached (the first being Andrew Johnson).  Anyway, good for Sarah for her compelling argument!  Can’t say I disagree.  I just don’t think it’ll happen, and that there are federal legislators who have THEIR careers to consider.  It is what it is…unfortunately.

Cruz To Holder: Appoint Special Prosecutor Or Face Impeachment

Cruz To Holder: Appoint Special Prosecutor Or Face Impeachment

Yes!!  Its WAY past time for AG Eric Holder to go.  He is a divisive, racist, and breathtakingly incompetent Attorney General.  He has been undermining the rule of law in this country for over 5 years, and refuses to do his job with respect to immigration, among others.  So, kudos to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for drawing this line in the sand.  Again, its WAY past time for him to go.  So, he should either resign, be fired by Obama, or be impeached by the House.