About Us
Mission Statement
Rules of Conduct
 
Name:
Pswd:
Remember Me
Register
 

Just Say No
Author: BobR    Date: 05/22/2019 12:49:36

We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis. The Constitution gives Congress the role and ability to conduct oversight on the Executive branch. Democrats in the House are trying to do just that. However, the tRump "Administration" is employing the tactic of "just say no", and Republicans in the Senate are (for the most part) abdicating their responsibility, and acquiescing their power to the usurper in the White House.

Attorney General Barr was a no-show at a hearing in the House (which prompted one House rep to bring chicken to the meeting - not one of the House's best moments). Despite being the top government attorney tasked with upholding the law, he felt like the law didn't apply to him. The House voted to hold him in contempt. In response, the White House decided to invoke "Executive Privilege" over the entire Mueller Report, and all staff in the Executive Branch. It's an excessive grab, and not unexpected in the business world, but unheard of in our government. What this means from a practical standpoint is unknown - probably never-ending court battles.

On Tuesday, the House was once again facing an empty chair when White House aide Don McGahn refused to testify, despite being served a subpoena to be there. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) was prompted to proclaim that "our subpoenas are not optional". We should see in the next couple days how much teeth that threat carries.

Next up are former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson (another aide), both also served subpoenas (subpoenae?) to testify. Since they no longer work for the White House, it will be difficult for tRumpy to try to block them. We'll see how this plays out.

The proclamation of executive privilege may already have been shot down:
[the] ruling, issued Monday by Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, found that the House Oversight Committee had a right to review Trump’s financial records. Mehta said that according “to the Oversight Committee, it believes that the requested records will aid its consideration of strengthening ethics and disclosure laws, as well as amending the penalties for violating such laws.” Mehta also pointed out that the committee believes Trump’s financial records will allow it to ensure that the president complies with anti-bribery guidelines outlined in the Constitution.

“It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a president for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct – past or present – even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry," Mehta noted. To that end, he ordered that Trump’s longstanding accounting firm, Mazars USA, produce documents it prepared for the Trump Organization going back to 2011.

House Speaker Pelosi said recently that tRump's actions are amounting to "self-impeachment". It will take the House, though, to determine if the rampant obstruction of justice being committed by the tRump cabal is enough impetus to actually follow through and file it. It seems they are waiting for the White House to blink first, and they are not about to do that. They will keep saying "No" right up to the bitter end.

 

32 comments (Latest Comment: 05/22/2019 21:25:02 by Raine)
   Perma Link

Share This!

Furl it!
Spurl
NewsVine
Reddit
Technorati

Add a Comment

Please login to add a comment...


Comments:

Order comments Newest to Oldest  Refresh Comments

Comment by wickedpam on 05/22/2019 12:57:23
Morning

Comment by Scoopster on 05/22/2019 13:04:39
Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 13:20:04
Good Morning!





Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 13:21:43
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all..

So Tillerson is talking.

Tillerson’s arrival at the Capitol was handled with extreme secrecy. No media advisories or press releases were sent out announcing his appearance. And he took a little noticed route into the building in order to avoid being seen by members of the media.


With the way this administration is acting, I am starting to think this secrecy might be needed.

I am so over this BS.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/22/2019 13:32:30
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all..

So Tillerson is talking.

Tillerson’s arrival at the Capitol was handled with extreme secrecy. No media advisories or press releases were sent out announcing his appearance. And he took a little noticed route into the building in order to avoid being seen by members of the media.


With the way this administration is acting, I am starting to think this secrecy might be needed.

I am so over this BS.


Spotted that on some news feed last night and thought it was really interesting. Wasn't Tillreson the first one to call him a moron?

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 13:37:21
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all..

So Tillerson is talking.

Tillerson’s arrival at the Capitol was handled with extreme secrecy. No media advisories or press releases were sent out announcing his appearance. And he took a little noticed route into the building in order to avoid being seen by members of the media.


With the way this administration is acting, I am starting to think this secrecy might be needed.

I am so over this BS.


Spotted that on some news feed last night and thought it was really interesting. Wasn't Tillreson the first one to call him a moron?

yes, he was the first.

Comment by Scoopster on 05/22/2019 14:16:35



Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 14:34:18
Quote by Scoopster:


she's getting closer to impeachment.

I wish she would move a little quicker, I have to admit, but I understand what's going on.

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 15:03:53
Probe of racist photo on Va. governor’s yearbook page inconclusive (live streaming at WaPo no story yet)

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 15:13:38




I've been following this person for almost as long as I have been on twitter -- I think he's pretty spot on here.

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 15:14:13
Quote by Raine:




I've been following this person for almost as long as I have been on twitter -- I think he's pretty spot on here.

This is the article he's referring to.

Comment by livingonli on 05/22/2019 15:14:51
I have to go get my glasses fixed since my frame broke last night and I don't know where I put my backup pair.

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 15:16:11
there is a big shift today.





Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 15:22:14




Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 16:02:33
So he walked out and had a temper tantrum.

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 16:05:44
Smack!

Pelosi said that Dotus lacks confidence.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/22/2019 16:09:05
Quote by Raine:
So he walked out and had a temper tantrum.



Well, it is infrastructure week....again.

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 16:14:32
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
So he walked out and had a temper tantrum.



Well, it is infrastructure week....again.

This has been an insane morning.

he walked out of the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer et., all -- and it was a preplanned damn stunt.

Check this out:





Comment by wickedpam on 05/22/2019 16:17:31
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
So he walked out and had a temper tantrum.



Well, it is infrastructure week....again.

This has been an insane morning.

he walked out of the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer et., all -- and it was a preplanned damn stunt.

Check this out:






They had a sign made up? Oh this was totally planned. I mean you can do quick turn around on that but they'd still have to know for a few hours ahead of time. This temper tantrum was planned.

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 16:28:22
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
So he walked out and had a temper tantrum.



Well, it is infrastructure week....again.

This has been an insane morning.

he walked out of the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer et., all -- and it was a preplanned damn stunt.

Check this out:






They had a sign made up? Oh this was totally planned. I mean you can do quick turn around on that but they'd still have to know for a few hours ahead of time. This temper tantrum was planned.
This is even more insane than usual.

Schumer said the windows were pulled in the Oval office.


Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 16:31:22




Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 16:33:10
here is the entire thing, it really is pretty stunning. Something REALLY feels different here.

The crack in the damn just got a lot bigger.





Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 16:53:19
this is GREAT NEWS!





Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 17:09:32
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
So he walked out and had a temper tantrum.



Well, it is infrastructure week....again.

This has been an insane morning.

he walked out of the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer et., all -- and it was a preplanned damn stunt.

Check this out:




This was bound to happen... and I love it.





Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 18:10:17
Woah... listen to Pelosi!






Comment by Scoopster on 05/22/2019 18:31:24



Comment by wickedpam on 05/22/2019 18:57:09
Quote by Scoopster:




Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 19:18:33
Quote by Scoopster:


"I allowed to testify"

He thinks he's Kaddaffi.

Comment by Scoopster on 05/22/2019 19:44:52
Where's the money going?

Remember that this is money TAKEN FROM THE MILITARY BUDGET. There was NEVER any actual funding for the stupid wall.

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 21:23:01
Chuck Todd is the worst.

He really is a jerk who doesn't list to his guests when they counter the narrative he's trying to push.

and I blame my self for not turning MSNBC off on TuneIn radio. I have now corrected the situation and am back to WTOP.

Comment by Raine on 05/22/2019 21:25:02
Quote by Scoopster:
Where's the money going?

Remember that this is money TAKEN FROM THE MILITARY BUDGET. There was NEVER any actual funding for the stupid wall.
if I am remembering correctly. the original money (not from the military budget) still hasn't been spent.

I bet the money is just sitting there waiting for some dotus friend to get a contract.