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13 Articles of Impeachment of Donald Trump – Ralph Nader Radio Hour

A more comprehensive discussion of the high crimes and misdemeanors of President Donald J. Trump. Obviously the House just scratched the surface when they passed the two articles the Senate is now trying him for. In my opinion, he should be convicted and removed from office. The length of a trial on all this is daunting to contemplate. At the very least, his conduct must become more widely known, so the mistakes that allowed him to “win” the 2016 election are not repeated and a new President is elected in November an inaugurated next January. – rjc

 

Source: 13 Articles of Impeachment of Donald Trump – Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Trial or Error

2020 has arrived. President Trump is still impeached. He and we await his trial in the U.S. Senate. Exactly how this trial will unfold and when is still up in the air, but many statements have been made by key players in this drama which may lead to a result which does not necessarily lead to what most of us would consider to be justice. The monkey wrench he is currently throwing into the mix by seeming to try to orchestrate the opening moves of World War III, or at least a new and probably much bloodier war with Iran, adds to the distractions for the general public, the media and members of Congress.

For his part, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (affectionately known to many as “#MoscowMitch for his unfailing support for all things Trump, including his blind spot when it comes to Vladimir Putin and the motivations of the Russian government in general) has come out publicly voicing his intention to run the trial in concert with his Dear Leader, Donald Trump, and his team of advisors. This makes it a good thing that the Constitution gives the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the role of presiding over the trial, not the Senate Majority Leader. Making such public statements certainly does not bode well for him living up to the oath he will take prior to that beginning of the trial promising the impartial pursuit of truth and justice in the trial.

McConnell is not alone in his pretrial partisan blustering for the defense of the President. Lindsey Graham, senator from South Carolina and one-time staunch opponent of Trump and erstwhile friend of Trump nemesis John McCain, has since become one of Trump’s biggest Congressional enablers. He has joined the bandwagon of those calling this entire impeachment proceeding a farcical witch hunt which needs to be resolved in the most expeditious manner possible completely exonerating the President of any and all accusations of impropriety. Nothing would make these people happier than to just hold a quick party line vote to end the trial with an acquittal without hearing any witnesses or being presented with any documentary evidence that was not provided the House of Representatives in the inquiry held prior to the production of the Articles of Impeachment requiring the Senate trial.

Perhaps people have become so used to the nonsense being emitted by Trump and his subordinates that many agree with his view that sham being plotted by McConnell, Graham and company constitutes a fair trial. It does not, and events need to not follow that particular script. Historically speaking, Trump has fought tooth and nail every step along the way to prevent any and all information regarding the events leading to his impeachment from reaching either those charged with investigating them or, most importantly, the American people, who he plans to con into giving him at least another four years to line his pockets and destroy much of the world in the process. By refusing to provide documents or permit anyone with first-hand knowledge to testify either publicly or behind closed doors, he has surpassed even that great cover-up expert Richard Nixon himself when it comes to either obstruction of justice or obstruction of Constitutional Congressional oversight of the executive branch of our government.

The fact that, with the collusion of McConnell and the GOP’s senate majority, Trump has been able to push through enormous numbers of judicial nominees (which were denied Obama – remember Merrick Garland?) as well as fighting subpoenas and requests for documents through the court system to the fullest extent possible – including appealing all the way to the Supreme Court – indicates to many that he certainly thinks he has plenty to hide, believes he should be deemed above the laws that the rest of us are subject to, or both. Either way, Trump is denying the American people of information we need when deciding for whom to vote in the next election, while simultaneously refusing to fulfill the oath of office he took when inaugurated. He seeks to continue to press forward with an agenda that does not serve the interests of the people he is pretending to lead and threatens the well-being of people both here and abroad.

The American people need and deserve the information that may only be accessed by obtaining the documents our Fearful Leader refuses to supply and/or the testimony of individuals he has forbidden to provide it. This is, and should be, unacceptable in a society that prides itself on its democratic principles and provision of justice, equality and inalienable civil and human rights for all. Trump certainly does not deserve the right or continued opportunity to continue to push an agenda, both domestically and in foreign policy, that worsens the human conditions of far more people than it benefits (his self-laudatory claims to the contrary are, to say the least, greatly exaggerated). Millions of more people voted for people other than Donald J. Trump for President than voted for him. He has no mandate to impose his personal agenda on us as he seeks to claim as his right. The time to end this nonsense has long since past. If he cannot be convicted and removed by the Senate from the office of the Presidency, Donald Trump needs to be summarily dismissed at the ballot box (metaphorically speaking) in November. In the meantime, we all need to fight to prevent him from creating new dangers for humankind and the planet on which we live.

Suggested Further Reading:

House Intelligence Committee Impeachment Report | Donald Trump | United States Government

Equally Determined: To Impeach/To Support

Mental health professionals read Trump’s ‘venomous and vitriolic’ letter: A study in ‘the psychotic mind’ at work

Warning Against Sham ‘Cover-Up to Protect Trump,’ Progressives Pressure McConnell to Hold Fair Senate Impeachment Trial

No, McConnell — Biased Jurors and No Witnesses Do Not Make for a “Fair Trial”

House lawyers open door to more articles of impeachment

New evidence shows why Senate must hear from John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney on Ukraine scandal

Trump faces firestorm after identifying alleged whistleblower

Ralph Nader Letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi

The Trump cover-up is unfolding before our eyes (opinion) – CNN

Nancy Pelosi now has real leverage over Mitch McConnell. Here’s how she should use it

Our Nightmare Health Care System in One Doctor’s Bill

This is only the tip of an enormous iceberg. Those who think our health care system is not in need of radical revision are obviously unaware of the prevalence of situations like that described in this article – or even worse. How much of this is unknown to the general public? I’d say it must be hidden from most of us. Much of it is hidden by the fact that insurance (private and/or public) covers most of it, but even that seems to be bursting at the seams with increasing inability of even insured folks to cover deductibles.

Medicare for All may or may not rectify much of this. It will be extremely expensive to continue with the status quo, with increasing numbers of people unable to get the care they need because they simply don’t have the financial means to pay for procedures, tests, drugs, you name it.  Placing a larger burden in terms of cost on those least able to pay for it was a problem we were trying to solve with the Affordable Care Act. Dismantling what remains of that without doing something to rectify the inequality exacerbated by that process, as Trump and the GOP (along with the health care industry’s lobbyists} seem determined to do is neither fair nor acceptable to the vast majority of people in this country. We need to get serious about rectifying this situation. – rjc

American healthcare gets more insidiously outrageous all the time.

Source: Our Nightmare Health Care System in One Doctor’s Bill

Letter From President Trump Final

President Donald J. Trump, Commander-in-Chief and Master of Delusion, wrote and sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the letter linked below with regard to his probable imminent impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read and judge for yourself whether this man should remain in office or even be granted a second term by the voters. I may be biased, but I think we deserve better. – rjc

 

Source document contributed to DocumentCloud by Zach Basu (Axios).

Source: Letter From President Trump Final

Article: Impeachment by Christmas Equals Democratic Party Top-Down Suicide | OpEdNews

I agree with Rob Kall on this issue. Rushing to impeach without key documentary evidence and testimony under oath from key Administration officials will likely result in acquittal by the Senate on partisan lines. Trump’s political position will not suffer greatly (he’ll definitely win the GOP nomination again, and much of the information that is likely to deter his re-election will remain hidden).

Rewarding the utter stonewalling of legitimate Congressional Oversight by a President hell-bent on running roughshod over the Constitution, rigging elections with the help of foreign governments by ending the investigation without getting that information or at least settling the court cases created thereby leaves the President a big winner and the rest of the American People the big losers. Not only would it leave an authoritarian bully in charge for the remainder of this term, it may ultimately lead to at least another four years of an unfettered, unfit Trump go about his personal agenda with an even weaker Congress than he’s faced to this point.

Not only does this prospect damage our democracy during Trump’s reign, it would also set a precedent for future Presidents (if that is what future heads of state would even still be called) to continue to ignore the Constitutional checks and balances which have stood us in good stead for over two hundred years. We do not need any further erosion of our democracy, our voices in the political process as American citizens or our civil or human rights to the benefit of the few at the expense of the many.

We need the investigation to get to the bottom and bring out all the skeletons in Trump’s political, financial virtual closets to full view of the American Public. A rigged election where voter suppression and secret activity that, if widely known would be just as widely condemned, will not solve the problems created by having a mobster who cares not a whit about the interests of the nation and its people as a whole, but first and foremost for his own authoritarian exercise of absolute power in charge of the United States of America. Make Congress and the Courts do their Constitutional duties, so Trump and all those who would seek to follow in his footsteps get the message that such conduct will not and should not be tolerated in this country. -rjc

 

Article: Impeachment by Christmas Equals Democratic Party Top-Down Suicide – If Nancy Pelosi decides to end the impeachment hearings by Christmas, as has been discussed, she will be engaging in one of the worst acts of political malpractice and stupidity in modern history.

Source: Article: Impeachment by Christmas Equals Democratic Party Top-Down Suicide | OpEdNews

Over the Edge with Donald Trump

As the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry reaches the public hearing phase, the evidence of impeachable conduct is becoming more widely publicized as more witnesses are willing to come forward to testify in defiance of the President’s and his White House advisors’ continued efforts to bury the truth. For his part, Trump never fails to disappoint with his seemingly endless stream of tweets denigrating anyone willing to withstand his assault on their integrity and human decency in general.

Trump preposterously claims to be paying no attention to the public hearings being conducted in the ongoing process that is the House of Representatives’ inquiry to determine whether or not to send Articles of Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump to the United States Senate for trial and conviction or acquittal there. His twitter feed since the public hearings began proves the falsehood of his denials – especially as he was tweeting insults and defamatory statements about the Ambassador to Ukraine he fired for getting in the way of his nefarious designs of using the government of that nation for his own political benefit. He was tampering with a witness while she was testifying in a public hearing about her knowledge of these events as his long-time associate, Roger Stone, was being convicted of similar conduct on his behalf in a court of law.

President Trump continues to steadfastly maintain his claim that Article II of the US Constitution gives him unlimited authority do as he wishes while exercising his Presidential decision-making powers. How dare Congressional Democrats and others seek to limit his authority in any manner whatsoever by exercising its own Constitutional oversight responsibilities? This whole enterprise, including the Congressional impeachment inquiry and the Special Counsel investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential campaign, are mere witch hunts trying to hold back his attempts to Make America Great Again by fiat if Congress is so dimwitted as to refuse to pass the legislation he wants.

As the focus of the impeachment inquiry moves from the House Intelligence Committee’s fact-finding phase (which focused narrowly on the issues of alleged misconduct by Trump and his subordinates regarding the government of Ukraine) to the House Judiciary Committee to determine if impeachment is warranted and, if so, to draft Articles of Impeachment to debate and vote on in the entire House to send to the Senate for trial. The President has been invited by Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler to participate more directly in the process himself or in conjunction with his own legal team and other White House/Cabinet. This would include the ability to cross examine witnesses, call separate witnesses or even testify in his own defense. So far, indications have been that no such participation is being contemplated. In fact, Trump has gone so far as to whine about the fact that Congress will continue hearings while he galavants abroad pretending to act Presidential as he further spreads his unique blend of chaotic charm while further denigrating our European allies at the NATO Summit.

While it is important to note the significance of the testimony delivered publicly before the Intel Committee prior to Thanksgiving, it is also important to recall that the issues raised there and then are not the be all and end all of potential misconduct subject to forthcoming Articles of Impeachment which may be forwarded to the Senate for trial. The Mueller Report contains material potentially pertinent to charges – particularly on the subject of obstruction of justice. The President, along with his hired thugs running the Departments of State and Justice, have been anything but cooperative with any and all subpoenas for documents and/or testimony (public or secret) that need to be made available to determine how the conduct of the President and his Administration can be properly evaluated by both Congress and the American Public.

From the first time candidate Trump promised to release his income tax returns with the bogus excuse that he was being audited to this present time, President has claimed to be the most transparent candidate/President running the most transparent Administration in modern history. He has done nothing to provide any information to Congress or the American public voluntarily unless it could do no harm to himself politically or legally without a court order. Even faced with a court order to do so, he has still not complied if any course of appeal remained unexplored. Many see this as merely a tactic to delay the inevitable and run out the clock by stonewalling until it’s too late to affect the 2020 election.

The fact that nearly every single GOP member of the House and Senate(where they have a majority and 67 members would have to vote for conviction in an impeachment trial) is standing behind the President so far, despite how ludicrous their arguments have become. Using the argument during previous hearings that all of the evidence is hearsay is totally disingenuous, considering the fact that potential witnesses have refused to testify (even to the point of ignoring subpoenas) by either their boss, the President or both. The delay seems to be working, except for the fact that many are wondering why the President who so transparent has so much to hide. His tax records alone would probably tank his already historically low public opinion ratings. His corruption regarding emoluments and other activities capitalizing on using his office for personal financial and political gain would likely do so as well.

Hopefully, the ability of this President to hide his corruption from the American people and our elected representatives will come to an end before he is able to do irreparable harm to the many people whose interests he has been ignoring in favor of his own aggrandizement and self-glorification. It would also be nice to know what to expect in terms of world peace, national security and a livable world without the chaotic atmosphere Trump has ruled by since his inauguration. Public pressure must be brought to bear if there is to be any chance of cracking the GOP Senate’s blind support of a totally irresponsible and unfit occupant of the American Presidency. Stay tuned. The going is likely to stay rough for the foreseeable future.

Suggested Further Reading:

Ralph Nader: What are the Democrats waiting for? Trump is the most impeachable tyrant in the country’s history — hands down

Everyone involved in this impeachment sham understands Donald Trump is a crook. That’s not the root of our nation’s problems

Trump ‘blew up’ Republicans’ Yovanovitch strategy with bone-headed tweet: Former GOP House Intel chair

Rick Santorum Tells Trump The Numbers Don’t Lie: You’ve Got A Problem

Extorting Ukraine is bad enough, but Trump has done much worse

Trump’s ‘Civil War’ threat is ‘beyond repugnant,’ says GOP Rep. Kinzinger

Trump suggests pardons for wall action

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Trump’s Corruption Is Now More Brazen Than Ever

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The Trump Administration Is Now Deporting Kids With Cancer

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The Holocaust Can Happen Again “Because it Deviated Not from Human Norms”

Another outstanding essay Padre Steve’s World. I agree that we risk repeating history in this country and abroad. Here, never before have we been in more danger than we are now under the alleged leadership of President Donald J. Trump of becoming an authoritarian dictatorship. We must be vigilant in order to make sure he is no permitted to take us even further down that road than he already has. – rjc

The Inglorius Padre Steve's World

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

The crimes of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime may seem like the happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, we would all like to believe that. However, they are only as far away as the next time. That is why we must continue to show them in their awful reality. Yehuda Bauer, a historian of the Holocaust whose family escaped from Czechoslovakia the day it was annexed by the Third Reich wrote:

“The horror of the Holocaust is not that it deviated from human norms; the horror is that it didn’t. What happened may happen again, to others not necessarily Jews, perpetrated by others, not necessarily Germans. We are all possible victims, possible perpetrators, possible bystanders.”

This is an eternal truth. The Red Chinese in Tibet, the Cambodian Killing Fields, the Serbians massacring Bosnians under the noses of Dutch Peacekeepers in Srebrenica…

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Compromising Possible Opponents: The Nazi Alliance With, and Later War Against the Churches, a Lesson for Today

Another outstanding opus from Padre Steve. The parallels between Hitler’s Germany and Trump’s America are scary indeed. We definitely want to prevent a similar fate here. – rjc

The Inglorius Padre Steve's World

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Earlier in the week I began to write about the Nuremberg Trials and the opening statement of the American Chief Prosecutor, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson. The first section was comprised his general remarks. The second dealt with the Nazi war against free organized labor. The third section presented here was the shortest part of his opening statement. It deals with the Nazi battle against the Churches.

The fascinating thing is that religious people and religious institutions are often the most unwavering in support of authoritarian regimes that often turn on them, because the Authoritarian can only allow one savior or God, and that would be him. Adolf Hitler was such a man. Saddam Hussein, Josef Stalin, the Salvadorian dictators, the Caesars, or any number of other men and women who wielded absolute power. Though Trump has not completely crossed the line into a full…

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Gordon Sondland: I worked “at the express direction of the president” – Axios

If this is any indication, the writing is on the wall pertaining to the future of the Trump Presidency. Not only are previous denials, excuses and other defenses put forth by the Trump enablers both within and outside of Congress have either crumbled or are in the process of doing so.

In addition to Trump, the political careers of Rudy Giuliani and several members of both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate should be toast. The names Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Lindsey Graham come most readily to mind. I can think of no high ranking official, including Vice President Pence, Attorney General Barr or Secretary of State Pompeo who deserves to remain in office once all the evidence comes to light.

The obstruction of the Congressional inquiry by the President and his high ranking Cabinet members and advisers – to include refusing to abide by subpoenas of documents and to testify before the appropriate Congressional committees in their oversight role – must end. There is no excuse for the abuse of power being carried out by and for the President against the American people and our elected representatives must end as quickly as possible and a transparent accounting of Executive Branch actions, policies and abuses presented.

If the President does not intend to live up to the oath of office he swore to when he was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, he must either resign or be impeached by the House of Representatives, convicted after a trial in the Senate and removed from office. His malfeasance, dereliction of duty and the potential for even more grievous conduct from him in response to recent events necessitate these matters not be deferred until the next election. – rjc

“We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt.”

Source: Gordon Sondland: I worked “at the express direction of the president” – Axios

Think Capone When It Comes to Trump’s Impeachment

This article points out comparisons of Trump with both Richard Nixon an Al Capone. Which do you think will more accurately resemble the fate of Donald Trump once all the hearings set to begin tomorrow and their aftermath (impeachment by the House and Senate Trial or otherwise) become the subjects of future historians? – RJC

While comparisons to Nixon are more obvious, the president in style and in some ways substance is more mobster than politician.

Source: Think Capone When It Comes to Trump’s Impeachment

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