As I’m sure you know that the Reich on the right, the Republican Reich, is virtually always wrong, and the Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is virtually always right. The treasonous conspiracy by Putin’s perverted puppet and his minions is unraveling at a prodigious rate. Robert Reich thinks that we had better understand the impeachment process, since we may need the information sooner than we think. He’s right!
The 10 Steps to Impeach a President
It won’t be easy to impeach Donald Trump. No president in American history has ever been convicted on articles of impeachment.
Only two presidents so far have been impeached by the House and had that impeachment go to the Senate for trial. The first was Andrew Johnson, in 1868, when the Senate came one vote short of convicting him. The next was 131 years later, in 1999, when Bill Clinton’s impeachment went to the Senate. 50 Senators voted to convict Clinton, 17 votes short of what was needed.
What about Richard Nixon? He resigned early in this process, before the House had even voted on articles of impeachment. And then his successor, who had been his vice president, Gerald Ford, gave Nixon a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he might have committed against the United States while president.
This isn’t to say Trump couldn’t or won’t be impeached. Only that it’s a long and drawn-out process.
It all revolves around Article I Sections 2 and 3 of the Constitution, and rules in the House and the Senate implementing those provisions…
We have discussed many times that that the Reich on the Right, the Republican Reich, is virtually always wrong. On the other hand, the Reich on the Left, Robert Reich, is virtually always right. In this case, Robert is right that there is already sufficient evidence to impeach the Orange Obstructer for Obstruction of Justice.
Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation.
Two weeks after Trump told Comey privately “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty,” he had another private meeting with Comey in the Oval Office. After shooing out his advisers – all of whom had top security clearance – Trump said to Comey, according to Comey’s memo written shortly after the meeting, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”
Then on May 9, Trump fired Comey. In a subsequent interview with NBC Trump said he planned to fire Comey “regardless of [the] recommendation” of the Attorney and Deputy Attorney General, partly because of “this Russia thing.” Trump also revealed in the interview that he had had several conversations with Comey about the Russia investigation, and had asked Comey if he was under investigation…
I fully agree, with the caveat that things will have to get much, much worse, before House Republicans will act. Probably, Democrats will have to flip the House first, hopefully in 2018. Then they can impeach Pence at the same time.
I have not posted in a while as I deal with my mother's passing and preparing her estate. There is still much to do and it will get done eventually. This week is very busy with numerous meetings all crammed into 4 days because yesterday was Victoria Day, a statutory holiday in most of Canada (Québec calls it Patriot's Day). Today's big adventure is taking my 3 furbabes to the vet's for their annual checkup and shots. They love their vet (he's their godfather) and he loves them. By the time I get them home, the car and me will be covered in cat fur, literally!
CBC— A jawbone discovered by German troops in Athens during the Second World War could be evidence that apes and humans diverged 200,000 years earlier than the current theory says.
Chimpanzees and bonobos are the nearest known relatives to humans, sharing 99 per cent of our DNA. It's believed that we split between five and seven million years ago.
However, researchers analyzing two fossils — a jawbone from a German museum and an upper premolar from a collection in Bulgaria — concluded their ages to be roughly 7.2 million years, and belonging to a pre-human.
But there's another significant finding: that human split occurred in the eastern Mediterranean and not Africa, as it is believed.
Well doesn't this just bite if you're an evangelical creationist who believes the earth was created only 6,000 years ago and that God created humans, and humans did not evolve from apes! While the 7.2-million-year-old pre-human fossils might challenge current evolutionary theory, it certainly slams creationists. Let's hear it for science!
Business Insider UK— For most in the hospitality industry, the odd bad review is part and parcel of the trade, but one venue appears to be determined to silence its critics.
According to The Mirror, Sarah Gardner, a 44-year-old mother and part-time nurse, has been threatened with legal action after posting a negative review on TripAdvisor of the Tunbridge Wells-based High Rocks restaurant and wedding reception venue.
The review posted on March 22 has since been taken down, but according to a screenshot obtained by the Daily Mail, it said: “Visited here with my family, been coming here for years. I have found the staff more and more rude each time."
“They have an arrogance that should not exist in a service industry, particularly the management. It’s as if they are doing you a favour, I found dealing with them frustrating and perplexing."
Click through for the rest. Don't let Drumpf see this or he'll try to sue everyone and anyone who speaks negatively about him whether it comes under freedom or speech or not!
Washington Post— President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.
Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.
Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.
How many ways are there to say "obstruction of justice"? Drumpf keeps digging a bigger and bigger hole with no end in sight until he is actually impeached or he resigns. I agree with those that say Drumpf thinks he is untouchable. If he resigns the presidency as Richard Nixon did back in 1974 before he could be impeached, I understand that he could still face criminal charges. I guess things are going to get worse before they get better.
YouTube — Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 5/21/17 : Stupid Watergate
John always has something to say and he does it with humour. With the state of US politics right now, if we don't laugh on occasion, we might cry excessively!
The U.S. Constitution lays out impeachment powers for Congress, allowing the governing body to put certain government officials on trial and remove them from power. When an official is impeached, he or she isn't necessarily removed from office – that's a separate step in the procedure.
The process takes on the form of a trial, but the trial takes place in the House of Representatives and the Senate, not the courts.
The result is a blend of law and partisan politics in an often months-long process.
1. Who can be impeached?
According to the Constitution, at the federal level "the president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States" can be removed from office. There have been 19 formal impeachment proceedings at the federal level in the U.S., which ended in seven acquittals, eight convictions, three dismissals and one resignation.
State legislatures can impeach state officials, including governors.
This is a very simple look at the impeachment process. It is not as simple as "kick the bumb out!" no matter how we wish it to be. Some of us remember the Richard Nixon resignation in 1974 when he thought he would be impeached.
Need I comment further? The Drumpf administration is the worst administration I can think of. Nixon was bad, but Drumpf has him beat.
YouTube — The Young Turks — BREAKING: Eric Trump Is Staggeringly Stupid
I have always felt that Eric Trump was on the clueless side. From confirming his like of nepotism to his comments on Russian money in the family real estate business, he might actually be a prosecutor's best friend. And Drumpf wanted a security clearance for this rube?
My Universe— In the video, which was posted to Youtube by Vancouver’s Michael Fujiwara, the sea lion surfaces near the dock, and swims about looking harmless. No doubt it was drawn by the fish — this is an area, after all, that was once nicknamed Salmonopolis.
But after surveying the area and discovering no fish, the sea lion surprises everyone by approaching a young girl, then suddenly, biting down on her dress and dragging her backwards into the water. …
“The sea lion actually attracted a lot of attention from the visitors there, including the young girl,” he said. “She and her family, I guess, they came, they started feeding the animal bread crumbs or whatever it was, and then I guess the animal got a little too comfortable.”
Fortunately, the young girl was pulled from the water immediately by a family member. The young girl was unharmed, albeit a little soggy, and with a newfound, healthy fear of sea lions.
This happened at the Steveston Wharf which is where many fish boats are docked, so it would be quite normal for seals and sea lions to be around the wharf area. People need to respect wild creatures for the potential harm they can inflict. Seals and their bigger cousins, sea lions, can be dangerous. Nobody should be feeding any wild animal. Here is an additional CBCarticle about the incident with a little more detail. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending.
It’s another day, and I was busy this morning with paper work. I also composed my grocery order in time for Store to Door to call for it. As usual, another day in the Republican Rectum Reich has brought a new scandal.
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From YouTube (GQ Channel): Here’s How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann
Nixon was impeached and almost charged for covering up corruption and a 3rd rate burglary. Slick Willie was impeached and almost charged for covering up a BJ. What does Trump deserve for covering up high treason? That’s right, but Republicans refuse to obey the law. RESIST!!
From The New Yorker: Three men alleged to be prominent Russian spies inexplicably gained access to the Oval Office last week and held a high-level meeting there, according to reports.
Eyewitnesses to the meeting said that the three Russian agents spoke at length and shared sensitive intelligence material, at times laughing uproariously.
After approximately an hour, the meeting broke up, with two of the spies leaving the Oval Office and the third remaining behind.
News that agents of the Russian Federation had somehow eluded the Secret Service in order to hold a meeting in the Oval Office sent shock waves through Washington on Monday evening.
Andy, there is no satire there. RESIST!!
From NY Times: President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, a current and a former American government official said Monday.
The intelligence disclosed by Mr. Trump in a meeting with Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, was about an Islamic State plot, according to the officials. A Middle Eastern ally that closely guards its own secrets provided the information, which was considered so sensitive that American officials did not share it widely within the United States government or pass it on to other allies.
Is this why Russian press was allowed in, but US press was not? Were it not his right to declassify, this would be high treason. After this, no sane leader will share intelligence with the US again . RESIST!!
Trump’s many crimes are now so obvious that Trumbo is even bragging about them, confident that Democrats are powerless to stop him, because Republicans control both the House and the Senate. He knows that the possibility that Republicans will ever put America ahead of their own Republican Reich are nil.
For now, Democrats can only ask for the "tapes" that President Donald Trump has suggested may exist of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. But if the party takes back the House next year, it can subpoena them.
The supposed "tapes" are just one of a number of issues Democrats are already plotting to pursue if they win control of Congress’ vast arsenal of investigative powers — raising the stakes on the 2018 congressional midterm elections.
"When we take back the House in 2018, Democrats are going to hold this administration accountable," said Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., a member of the party leadership. "And we’ll make sure there are real consequences for anyone who tries to use their elected office for personal gain…especially President Trump."…
Investigation is just the first step. The second is to impeach the bastards, including Trump, Pence, Ryan and so far down the Presidential succession queue that the President will be afraid to breathe without bipartisan support. I am assuming that, if we have taken the House, we will also have taken the Senate.
I rescheduled my Oncologist appointment for next Monday. It's to set up a series of annual exams to make sure there was no metastasis from the choroidal melanoma in my eye, now in remission. In addition I had to make a few other phone calls that burned most of my morning.
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From Daily Kos (Classic 5/2014): A threatening "Mother's Day" video aimed at women calling for gun. reforms
This clip is three years old, It demonstrates that Trump is just a symptom of the diseased Republican Party. They were hateful and violent long before Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten. RESIST!!
From Think Progress: President Donald Trump outlined a deeply religious vision of America while speaking to graduates of a conservative Christian college on Saturday, invoking his own version of Christian nationalism and touting policies friendly to right-wing faithful.
Trump received a warm welcome at Liberty University, the largest Christian college in America, where most students claim a conservative evangelical faith. The venue was an especially safe one for the president, as white evangelicals offered Trump resounding support on Election Day and still view his presidency favorably. What’s more, Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. has been a longtime backer of Trump — recently describing him as a “dream president for evangelicals” — and lauded the businessman during his introduction for taking action on issues dear to right-wing faithful such as appointing a conservative Supreme Court justice.
FYI, "Christian Nationalism" is just a sneaky way to refer to Anti-American Dominion Theology. RESIST!!
From Robert Reich: The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party.
Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI director James Comey provide ample evidence that Trump engaged in an obstruction of justice – a major charge in impeachment proceedings brought against Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton.
It’s worth recalling that the illegality underlying Nixon’s impeachment was a burglary at the Watergate complex, while the illegality underlying Clinton’s was lying to a grand jury about sex with an intern in the White House.
Trump’s obstruction is potentially far more serious. It involves an investigation about whether Trump or his aides colluded with Russia in rigging a presidential election – the most direct assault on American democracy in history.
I agree with Robert Reich, but believe that Republicans will never put country ahead of party. That's why every Republican in office is one Republican too many. RESIST!!