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Bob Ness

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    Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President.

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  1. Haha debatable I suppose but one way or the other it ain't pretty. He's either culpable for all crimes that can be proven or none at all. According to Trump and his lawyers he couldn't even be investigated for shooting that baby much less charged, which they have claimed in court. In theory it follows that he could have the Supreme Court summarily executed, replaced by family members and cancel the next election "because of irregularities" which, of course, would be upheld in the new Court. I'm being facetious but let's face it, Kim Jung Un provides him with a excellent example. Mostly, the protections a President are afforded are there to keep political rivalries at bay during the term of a presidency. They were never intended to confer immunity to the office holder and this BS about overturning an election is fatuous jibber jabber for the minions and the otnay ootay ightbray. The removal of the President only results in his Vice President assuming the job. Ask Nixon when you see him haha.
  2. Hi Matt, Joe Biden's position on the board of Burisma isn't against the law and neither is his compensation for being on the board. Although it may be unsightly, this is common practice in corporate boards all over the world including Trump's various businesses which has innumerable family and friends that have no qualifications whatsoever. Jared and Ivanka's positions in the Office of the Presidency is another example. It's sort of the way that world works - connections are often times more important in advisory positions than other types of experience. He wasn't there to do engineering on gas plants. Famous people lend their names to start ups and established companies all the time, qualified or not. The Biden's are susceptible to investigations and Trump could have had the DOJ or even the Senate do just that - instead he sent Guilliani on a fishing expedition to conjure up whatever he could. These issues have been looked at in Ukraine and they, for whatever reason, passed on them. Guilliani no doubt could garner false testimony from Ukrainians of ill repute but it doesn't matter because he'd still have to get the imprimatur of the DOJ, which he hasn't to this point. Trump's cabinet and advisors have to claim privilege from the chair not by twitter. They still have to show up physically for subpoenas and then they can claim privilege or the the fifth. The documents subpoenaed from OMB, State, DoD etc don't have executive privilege and that should be obvious to everyone. Communications between and to advisors to Trump and the President himself have some argument to them but there is no privilege between staffers, officials and US Government employees. We paid for that and it isn't the presidents nor his purview to determine whether congress can have access to those records. Congress MUST have access to those records to fulfill it's constitutionally mandated oversight duties. The President blocking access to those records and witnesses by decree should be very scary to you. By doing so he is illegally withholding evidence from Congress that pertains to the accusations against him and is therefore obstructing congress and justice. Done deal. Not even slightly controversial.
  3. That's not what he's being impeached for. He's being impeached for using the Office of the President to further his own personal interests. He's also being impeached for the wholesale refusal to provide his constitutionally and legally mandated responses for documents and witnesses to allow the House of Representatives (which is you and me) who along with the Senate created the office under article 1, to oversee the Executive branch. The reason for Congress to be able to oversee the Executive is that if it has no power to do so, that condition renders The United States a monarchy as opposed to a democratic republic, which isn't what we all signed up for. Let's be real clear. This is potentially disastrous and the public's ignorance of these basic facts is what allows a person of Trump's ilk to lead the most powerful nation in history. To me it's unbelievable.
  4. "Throwing the book" at Flynn about if I recall correctly: backing out of an agreement, torpedoing another prosecution, lying repeatedly to investigators, acting as an agent of a foreign power while DNI, perjoring himself and I forget what else ends up with a 6 month sentence (max if Sullivan doesn't go outside sentencing guidelines). The poor fella. Try taking $50 out of a til at a gas station. See what you'd get.
  5. I don't have the time now to address all of this as I'm traveling and responding from my tablet but here are a couple things. Page was being investigated for contacts and statements he made to known Russian agents that he didn't reveal to his handlers years before he joined the Trump campaign. The NYFO had plenty of suspicions about his activities and sources and was in full panic mode at the time of his joining the Trump campaign. The IG report, now twice amended for misrepresentations made in the original, errored in (IIRC) describing the type of investigation required for Page. They wrongly claimed he was subject to FARA but was actually investigated under 951 which would include a counter espionage investigation rather than counter intelligence. Opening such an investigation requires probable cause not proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Something like that. As I said, that's to the best of my recollection. I retain the option of modifying this hahaha. My point is Page is not Little Red Riding Hood getting eaten by bears. Or is it wolves? He certainly has a case that the FISA apps were badly handled and in one case actually falsified for which I'm sure his lawyers will seek their pound of flesh.
  6. The FISA process has always been a disgrace. What happened with Page was a disgrace (although it looks like that may be subject to some questions also). I don't disagree with that at all. If the situation with Page is all we were talking about I'd agree but that's not what predicated the CH investigation and the IG report and Horowitz's testimony made that clear. If disciplinary action is warranted so be it (although Ohr's contact with Steele is BS). What I find curious is that the "trampling" of law is very clear and my friends with Russian sympathies refuse to acknowledge it even to a slight degree. Trump's multiple and repeated attempts to get foreign assistance from foreign powers to help his election in 2016 and 2020. The multitude of indictments, convictions and mountains of evidence put forward that confirm that interference occured and Trump and his campaign welcomed and possibly (if not obscured by extensive obstruction by Trump) coordinated and encouraged those efforts. The dozens of witnesses who have been ordered to disobey subpoenas, threatened, intimidated and harassed. Almost all of the this paragraph has been either done publicly or announced by Trump lawyers, staff and cabinet officers and yet the Page FISA is the only thing of import! Give me a break already. What you're doing is what I call a Helen Keller. You're totally giving them a pass. I think you're better than that.
  7. What I find more interesting and an ABSOLUTE UNDENIABLE FEDERAL FELONY is sworn testimony provided by McGahn to Mueller of Trump ordering him to alter documents after the fact to have Mueller fired. The usual group of enablers will fine line penmanship errors and feign outrage over them yet nary a critical comment comes in over clear and significant violations of federal law by Trump and his lawyers. Unbelievable.
  8. I'm trying to find that in the IG report. Enlighten me please.
  9. Koetl's decision is that Trump, WikiLeaks et al we're not shown by the plaintiffs to be conspiring with Russia and in fact has nothing to do with whether Russia did engage in an effort to help Trump and or engaged in the effort. Your and Murray's "belief" in the "opinion" of a retired NSA employee who hasn't worked in that capacity for twenty years over the combined expertise of both private and government experts with authoritative and classified technical and physical resources is what I was referring to.
  10. Horowitz also agreed that the Russians interfered in a systematic and sweeping campaign to interfere in the 2016 elections which you dispute. Does the IG report confirm that for you or just the bits and pieces that you're inclined to agree with? The Page FISA fiasco and Steele's report is only part of the investigation which also included four now convicted felons and some pretty serious obstruction allegations. As provably ridiculous as the FBI'S behavior was regarding Page my opinion is that the FBIs anti Clinton performance was actually worse in effect and now the DOJ (Barr) is doubling down on it.
  11. Where at? One of my favorite LA hangouts Cows End.
  12. Unattributed article? Unattributed article? What gives? I find it interesting the author published ten articles in one day. Quite the writer. I also find it curious the site is behind a proxy for some reason. Why would they hide their identity Robert?
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