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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Phillip Carter, Slate: The framers of our Constitution likely never imagined a president like Donald J. Trump. And yet, they inserted impeachment provisions into the original text of the Constitution, some 230 years ago, to empower Congress to act in case a rube, tyrant or criminal came to occupy the nation's highest office. It's not crystal clear which Trump might be, but the president's latest outrageous actions -- the reported passing of highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office -- should awake Republicans and Democrats in Congress to the dangers posed by Trump to the nation in case that wasn't already obvious. His conduct now goes far beyond mere offense or incitement to constitute actual damage to U.S. national security, the very definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors" contemplated by the men who crafted the Constitution's impeachment clauses.

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Article 1: Compromising the integrity of the presidency through continuing violation of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.

Article 2: Violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the duties of his office by disregarding U.S. interests and pursuing the interests of a hostile foreign power, to wit, Russia.

Article 3: Impairment and obstruction of inquiries by the Justice Department and Congress into the extent of the Trump administration's conflicts of interests and Russia ties.

Article 4: Undermining of the American judicial system through felonious intimidation of potential witnesses.

Article 5: Undermining of his office and the Constitution through repeated assaults on the integrity of the federal judiciary and its officers.

Article 6: Demeaning the integrity of government and its public servants, particularly the military and intelligence agencies, in contravention of his constitutional duties to serve as chief executive and commander in chief of the armed forces.

Article 7: Dereliction of his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the office of president by failing to timely appoint officers of the United States to administer the nation's federal agencies.

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-16 03:55 PM | Reply

Breaking News...

"Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

WASHINGTON -- President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

"I hope you can let this go," the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The existence of Mr. Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russia.

www.nytimes.com

Or as I like to call it, "Article 8".

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-16 05:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

actually I think Obama was far worse.

#3 | Posted by tmaster at 2017-05-16 10:14 PM | Reply

Trump should've instead met Comey on a tarmac to talk about grandchildren and golf...

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-05-16 10:20 PM | Reply

#3

Haha!! Feel the need to declare that already? Not looking good for Trump...or you...or us...

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-05-16 10:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Most of the charges sound legitimate. But, Rethugs will not stand for it. But legal processes being what they are means the prosecutions may take three years, and that only if the Wussies gain control of the house in 2018.

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-16 10:40 PM | Reply

Russia's a hostile foreign power?

Wow. What a difference 4 years makes! Remember when somebody . . . Can't remember who . . . Said that the 1980's called and wanted their foreign policy back?

He was a witty one, that guy. Funny last name, I think.

Orwellian, all of this. Orwell wasn't writing comedies, though. He had nothing on today's Left.

#7 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-05-16 10:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Russia backs Iran backing terrorists across the ME and elsewhere.

Rwingers became Russia-lovers after the capitalist oligarchs took over there. They know their masters when they see them.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-17 12:09 AM | Reply

Rwingers became Russia-lovers after the capitalist oligarchs took over there. They know their masters when they see them.

Is that why Barry said they were no longer the enemy? Is that why Hillary hit the reset button? Pretty sure the Oligarchs took over in the 90's.

------ is too kind of a word for this post.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-17 12:36 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

"Hello! The '80's are calling and they want their foreign policy back."

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-17 12:40 AM | Reply

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"Don't worry, after I win the election I'll have a lot more flexibility."

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-17 12:41 AM | Reply

~ 'Let's see....we signed an agreement to provide a missile shield to Eastern Europe and you want us to renege while giving NOTHING in return? Sure, we can do that.'

~ 'Uranium? So long as it's quid pro quo back to the Clinton Foundation it's all good.'

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-17 12:43 AM | Reply

Jeff and ROC are taking turns with the wrecking ball on this one.

#13 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-05-17 12:45 AM | Reply

Obama sanctioned the Russians big time over the Ukraine, and your Dear Leader and REXXON want their oil deals back, which Trump is werking do hard to get.

"------" is an apt description of a Trumpette. Any Trumpette.

Their love of authoritarian dictators backed by capitalist oligarchies is endless love.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-17 12:48 AM | Reply

It's just the overall absurdity, Red Devil.

I'm not sure anything Trump is being accused of in regards to Russia is as bad as what the Obama administration said and did regarding Russia (this is stuff that is undisputed fact, not all of the speculative stuff we are dealing with now)...yet it was racist to even call into question anything like reneging on a missile-shield agreement to receive ZERO in return from Russia just a few short years ago.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-17 12:51 AM | Reply

... which Trump is werking[sic] do[sic] hard to get.

I seem to remember a thread where that was flatly denied by the administration. You gotta different memory? Or just a lapse in your synapse?

#16 | Posted by et_al at 2017-05-17 01:43 AM | Reply

Sometimes the use of [sic] just cracks me up. This was one of those times - not trying to pick on you, El Corko. The use of [sic] in responses will become more common as more of us post, time-to-time, from our phones.

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-17 01:48 AM | Reply

the Obama administration said and did regarding Russia

You know. I've thought about the Republican's flipping out about Obama's relationship with Russia.

What a stark contrast it's been to how they've responded to Donnie's relationship with Russia.

Partisanship is a hell of a thing.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-05-17 01:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That it is, Clown.

You'll get no argument from me on that.

#19 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-17 02:02 AM | Reply

While screaming Iran might take out Poland, Condeleeza and the US Deep State implemented Bzrezinski's policy to beat Russia by surrounding it with "defense" missiles and taking Ukraine. All the while screaming Russia is the aggressor. Russia can only interpret NATO missiles, tanks, artillery and troops in former WARSAW Pac nations as an act of aggression. Those former WARSAW States have a long memory of Russian domination and want NATO protection. But, there is no possibility of the former Soviet Union reconstituting itself.

Every country which Israel considers to be a threat o its regional domination is an enemy of the USA. Put another way, Israel drives US foreign policy. The US Deep State went crazy when Russia blocked their planned destruction of Syria.

The USA is rightly confident that it can beat Russia in a direct conflict. After all we have almost 100 times the military bases and armaments that they do. There are many fools in the US deep State that advocate a first strike policy, using nuclear weapons. The Chinese and Russians are aware of this, but it is not discussed openly inside the USA. It can only lead to another arms race at best and the end of civilization as we know it at worst. We live in the USA without any real military threats from other nation States. Yet we are consistently unable to defeat independent rogue troops throughout the globe. Those people live there and easily melt into the civilian population, making direct confrontation on our terms difficult. It is their country, not ours, and those rogue troops can fight for generation after generation. If you think it is difficult to occupy Afghanistan or Iraq, just imagine China.

One of Trumph's soundest policy changes was to have been warming relations with Russia. But the US Deep State has stopped Trumph dead in his tracks in regard to that policy change. It begs the question who really runs our country, elected officials or secretive lifetime bureaucrats?

#20 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-17 07:45 AM | Reply

#1 - check, #2 - check, #3-#7 - check, check, check, check.

But how is he removed from office? Impeachment doesn't kick him out of office. Impeachment is just censure, or a vote of no confidence.

#21 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-17 08:26 AM | Reply

#20 - Obama did serious damage to Putin. Obama was backed, on this mission, by big oil. They didn't want to hurt Putin specifically, they just pushed him aside like the refuse that he is.

That was when Putin started showing up everywhere wrestling tigers with his shirt off.

I'll bet within 2 months, Trump starts instagramming pictures of his -------.

#22 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-17 08:31 AM | Reply

"One of Trumph's soundest policy changes was to have been warming relations with Russia"

Yeah, and we should have formed closer relationship with Hitler after he invaded Poland.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 08:31 AM | Reply

"I'm not sure anything Trump is being accused of in regards to Russia is as bad as what the Obama administration said and did regarding Russia (this is stuff that is undisputed fact, not all of the speculative stuff we are dealing with now)."

Trump wanted to end the sanctions placed on Russia for invading and annexing Crimea, compare that to anything Obama did and I'll laugh in your face.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 08:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Their love of authoritarian dictators backed by capitalist oligarchies is endless love.
#14 | POSTED BY CORKY

Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

It's such a sweet romance too. When he put his big giant dollar in her g-string, sparks flew. It wasn't really sparks, it was coins. He asked her for change back from a dollar. (she had one of those change machines on her hip.)

#25 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-17 08:40 AM | Reply

hey Danni,

I do not doubt for a second that Ukrainian speaking Ukrainians despise, hate and fear Russia. But there is a larger global picture which overshadows that story.

Is the US military force 80 times larger than Russia's or isn't it? Is Obama's $1 trillion nuclear weapons upgrade intended to provide the capability of pulverizing Russian missile silos in a first strike or not? Thereby rendering the insane US policy of first strike more plausible?

#26 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-17 08:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I do not doubt for a second that Ukrainian speaking Ukrainians despise, hate and fear Russia. But there is a larger global picture which overshadows that story."

My daughter in law, her whole family is from zaporizhia, and they speak primarily Russian, and they would tell you that you are full of s**t. And they would probably kick your ass too. they absolutely hate Putin, they don't want to be part of Russia and resent pretenders like you who think you know more about their country than they do. And yes, her son who is 21 could and would kick your ass for interfering in their affairs. The Crimean people didn't want to be part of Russia either but you pretend that the "referendum" there was free and fair. You should finally give it up about Ukraine, you don't have a clue about what you are talking about. You're a smart guy, some things you know about, Ukraine you don't. YOu embarrass yourself every time you post about it.

#27 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 09:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well there you have it Nutcase.....Danni is our resident geopolitical military expert.

she knows someone from Ukraine.....those are her qualifications.

and you're gonna get your ass kicked if you keep posting on the subject, apparently.

so watch out.

I know someone from Orlando....that makes me an expert on Florida.

and if you attempt to disagree with me.....you're gonna get your ass kicked again!!!

#28 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-17 09:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

"she knows someone from Ukraine.....those are her qualifications. "

MOre than you know though isn't it. YOu know nothing about it, these people live it every day. And yes, I am in comminication with them often and these are well educated people. Run your stupid mouth all you want but these folks have to actually deal with the threat of Russian invasion every single day. Do you have any idea how that would affect their lives, their children's lives. One of their children is at the university right now learning to become a Prosecutor, is his quest for education to be overrun by Russians? I tire of your ignorant trolling. You are a troll Eberly, nothing more.

#29 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wow....what a rant.

Am I going to get my ass kicked, too?

Jesus......some folks just never fail to entertain me.

#30 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-17 09:22 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm sure my opinion has less weight than your relatives. But for the average Russian life was more difficult under Yeltsin than Putin and therein lies the
support Putin enjoys. This does not mean that polonium Putin is some kind of democratic angel. Living in the zone of conflict can't be easy and I sympathize with your relatives circumstance. How does kicking my ass solve their problems?

How does legitimate internal resistance against Putin fit into the big picture?

Your are changing the subject. Answer the questions. Here's four more: Has the USA, through NATO, surrounded Russia with missiles, artillery and troops or not? Did the USA invest $5 billion in destabilizing Ukraine or not? Is it realistic to expect Russia to surrender its entire nuclear submarine force by surrendering Crimea? Is Iran a threat to Poland?

Maybe we can crush Russia or maybe not. The only thing that stands in the way is the end of human civilization.

#31 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-17 09:28 AM | Reply

"Has the USA, through NATO, surrounded Russia with missiles, artillery and troops or not? Did the USA invest $5 billion in destabilizing Ukraine or not? Is it realistic to expect Russia to surrender its entire nuclear submarine force by surrendering Crimea? Is Iran a threat to Poland?"

I'm betting she knows the answers to all of that......and doesn't even need to talk with her daughter in law first.

LOL

#32 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-17 09:32 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

But Danni did get one thing right.......I am trolling.

I'm done now.

#33 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-17 09:33 AM | Reply

"Am I going to get my ass kicked, too?"

the young man I speak of was here for 3 months several years ago and actually he would have kicked your ass if you had told him Putin had some right to invade his country. I think most young men in America would do the same if Putin invaded California and you somehow said that was ok. He's actually a very brilliant student who could tell you things about the American Civil War that you don't know. I do get emotional about this because these people are actual family, I honestly do care about them, my son is paying this young man's way through college. This isn't some imaginary connection, these aren't stupid people, they are Ukrainians who speak Russian and they want no part of Russia. My daughter in law used to manage a bank in Ukraine, she hated the Russian customers who would come there and look down on Ukrainians. Americans know nothing about this conflict and pretending that they do enables the Russians who are trying to steal more of Ukraine in order to build a pathway from Russia to Crimea along the eastern border of Ukraine. That's the fact though morons over here pretend to believe that they are "protecting" the Russian speaking population. The Russian speaking population hates the Russians just as much as anyone else, the Russians are murdering Ukrainians every single day. What don't you understand about that?

#34 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 09:42 AM | Reply

Danni...which hatred is stronger?

1. Ukrainians hatred of Putin
2. Your hatred of Trump (and anybody who voted for him)

#35 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-17 09:48 AM | Reply

"I do get emotional about this.."

no way....YOU?

#36 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-17 09:49 AM | Reply

I have no reason to doubt anything you claim. But their is a local and international picture to these problems. They produce entirely different pictures. Russia is blocking US global economic and military domination without starting WWIII. It is most unfortunate that your relatives are trapped in such conflict, but this scenario repeats itself everywhere the USA starts another fight, at least ten active sites at the moment. Our policy of perpetual war needs to stop. Our fighting never resolves anything. It just breeds hate groups like al Qaida and reduces the quality of of our domestic life.

Answer my questions.

#37 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-17 10:00 AM | Reply

Jeff and ROC are taking turns with the wrecking ball on this one.

#13 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-05-17 12:45 A

bravo....notice there's virtually no response and in fact the conversation was directed away....

to Danni's family.....who I'm thrilled is now in this country...legally, I assume....which BTW I think is a perfectly good means of referencing the issue....why not...they've been there and we haven't..

#38 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-05-17 11:20 AM | Reply

Trump should've instead met Comey on a tarmac to talk about grandchildren and golf...
#4 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

Was Bill Clinton president during that visit? Did Bill Clinton fire Loretta Lynch after? Either you are an idiot or I missed something.

#39 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-17 12:03 PM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY TMASTER AT 2017-05-16 10:14 PM | FLAG:
#4 | POSTED BY GONOLES92
#9 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER
#10 | POSTED BY JEFFJ
#13 | POSTED BY WHITEDEVIL

Deflect deflect deflect.

You elected the biggest idiot and most corrupt president in history.

He's about to be impeached.

Have a nice day. :)

#40 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-17 12:08 PM | Reply

They need to bring these articles to the floor of the House and vote.

#41 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-05-17 01:49 PM | Reply

The White House Counsel is a staff appointee of the President of the United States whose role is to advise the President on all legal issues concerning the President and his Administration. The current White House Counsel is Don McGahn.

Things are moving at a crazy pace. Do McGahn and Trumph talk to each other? How did this spin out of control so fast? 48 White house staff went to prison trying to support Nixon during the watergate investigation. EVERYBODY in the White House needs to lawyer up as Trumph asks them to help clean up this mess. Rethugs do not want this. They will be closing ranks. But at some point rats will flee a sinking ship.

#42 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-17 04:23 PM | Reply

This is 2 presidencies too late.

#43 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-05-18 06:39 PM | Reply

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