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'Trump Has Not Acted Alone': House Dem Demands Criminal Probe Into President—and Anyone Assisting Effort to Overturn Election

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/04/trump-has-not-acted-alone-house-dem-demands-criminal-probe-president-and-anyone

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maybe he has finally shit in his own mess kit.

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“Trump must be held accountable for his illegal acts and his attacks on the Constitution. Nothing less than a criminal investigation will serve.”
—Rep. Don Beyer

Joe Biden: " WE MUST HEAL THE COUNTRY"!

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I’m sure Nancy will call for severe punishment, like maybe a slap on the wrist or an eye roll.

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Historically, the significance of Orangeman’s infamous telephone call to Ukraine, for which he was impeached, is the function of that official correspondence: to interfere with the upcoming (2020) election, by generating headlines to damage Biden. The call to Georgia is a striking parallel, only much worse. Rather than abusing his office merely to generate opposition propaganda, he’s threatening Republican underlings with prison time if they refuse his dictatorial whims.

There’s no question which is worse. But the second call also re-emphasizes the crucial significance of the first – even though the Republican Senate refused to recognize tyranny’s threat to democracy at the time. Tyranny will beat his chest and continue to demand Republican obeisance. If he succeeds in dragging most of them down with him, the Republican party might take decades to recover.

Can you imagine the voters of Georgia legitimately voting to endorse unabashed tyranny at this point? Orangeman campaigns so vigorously against his own party, Republican victories in Georgia tomorrow could look extremely dubious. Just look at the turnout statistics down there!

Meanwhile, everyone knows where the national handbasket is headed, in 2021…

A brief history of USA COVID-19 cases (latest CDC numbers):

> WEEK    9 WEEKS              CASES
>         ENDING          NEW       TOTAL
> 
>   9.  02/23/2020          15          15
>  18.  04/26/2020     957,860     957,875
>  27.  06/28/2020   1,587,690   2,545,565
>  36.  08/30/2020   3,426,791   5,972,356
>  45.  11/01/2020   3,210,272   9,182,628
>  54.  01/03/2021  11,375,861  20,558,489
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Why just one congressman demanding Trump be held accountable why not the entire house and senate members calling for his immediate removal from office. We have caught him red handed and must apply the laws against vote tampering. This isn’t party politics, this is criminal of worst kind.

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She’ll tear up some old speech for the cameras and that will be it

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Well we know why the Fascists aren’t doing it, but yea…
Why not every DEM ?!

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It’s time for constitutional lawyers (including SCOTUS) take a deep dive into not only Trump’s crimes, but those of his enablers. IMO, that is crucial. if we just ‘let this one go’ as we have on numerous other obvious violations of law, it is likely to become an operational tactic. If we let this go, all pretense of a constitutional government goes down, with barely a whimper.

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Since Leonard Peltier is still in prison while this arch criminal is yet in office speaks volumes about this nation.

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Just like he bragged about grabbing women by the “pussy” he has some Republicans by the balls. Apparently they like it that way.

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There is quite a number of low life types in this affair, and some of them refuse to talk.

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Boris has just declared total lockdown in UK. Scotland from midnight tonight.

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He’s probably shitting his pants now. :))

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Well, South and Central America is off his list.

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This (bookmarkable) OWID chart has a lot to say about new mutations:

~https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/daily-covid-deaths-per-million-7-day-average

Experienced eyes are viewing UK’s recent ascent, and South Africa’s, with trepidation. My home state of California saw an unexplained steepness in its outbreak all December. I’m hoping it’s partially because the new mutations have already been here awhile. In general, we’re expecting the steepness of USA’s ascending curve to align with that of UK and South Africa – that their current difficulties are a sneak preview of what’s in store for us in another month.

(The outbreak trajectory curves get a little tangled. You can rollover the nation names on the righthand side to see curves one at a time.)

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“‘Trump must be held accountable for his illegal acts and his attacks on the Constitution,’ Beyer concluded. ‘Nothing less than a criminal investigation will serve.’”

Weeell, I say let’s not get our hopes up prematurely - not expecting to see Trump’s and Meadows’ bloated corpses hung by the ankles from D.C. lamp posts for ravens to peck the eyeballs out of anytime soon…

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Demanding a criminal investigation into the President’s high crimes and not just his misdemeanors is well past due. For all the usefulness of the FBI Chief Mueller report, and for the sharp pivot by TOP COP the Justice Department’s Attorney General Bill Barr on a decades long political and legal career acting and arguing on behalf of the unchecked Presidential Powers of the Executive Office, that Barr has held were above the Checks and Balances built into our tri-partate government system, this kind of talk has been kept “off the table” and allowing the impression that Barr’s views on a monarchical Executive Branch of government have been sustained.

Barr’s playing along with the weaker bill of charges that FBI Chief Mueller investigated and reported on in his Mueller Report during the Presidential Impeachment process received this misleading response from Barr, who Trump selected precisely because of Barr’s professional career calling for the Executive Branch of government to enjoy Professional Immunity. As that became a liability to the professional legacy of Mr 2-time AG Barr, the legalistic about-face was delivered in this terse clarification:
~https://www.justsecurity.org/63857/barr-to-senate-president-is-not-immune-from-prosecutor-declaration-of-indictable-offense/

Yet any attempt to bring into MSM broadcast discussion and Town Hall citizens movements and Public Forum meetings this never clearly resolved issue of Professional Immunity for all Executive Office and Executive Branch policies and actions has only infected the U.S. Justice Department’s attempts to handle the coast to coast loss of confidence in Law Enforcement with Consent Decrees that have brought only greater intensification of the loss of confidence in Law Enforcement!
~https://www.propublica.org/article/the-obama-justice-department-had-a-plan-to-hold-police-accountable-for-abuses-the-trump-doj-has-undermined-it

This has been going on at least since the Agnew and Nixon Executive Branch resignations on separate criminal matters. Agnew’s resignation came over corruption charges from his pre-VP term as Governor of Maryland when he was brought up on charges of taking sacks of cash across his gubernatorial desk on state road construction and infrastructure projects. Well we can’t have that discussed as part of the MSM’s national news coverage agenda! So Agnew was allowed to resign and plead guilty to a lesser charge. Nixon walked away into retirement with full presidential pardons by long-time GOP Congressional Good Guy Gerald Ford after Nixon’s colluding and conspiring with White House staff and other federal agencies to subvert our electoral process and system!!

Here is what Barr’s predecessor as U.S. Justice Department Top Cop in the Papi Bush administration observed from his position as Barr’s Deputy in that early 1990’s era of the Savings and Loan Collapse that required tax-payer bail-out after President George HW Bush’s son Neil Bush’s Silverado Savings and Loan in Colorado became one of the first collapsed banks to need bailing out.
~https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/06/bill-barrs-dangerous-pursuit-executive-power/592951/

Why Bill Barr Is So Dangerous

He is using the office he holds to advance his extraordinary lifetime project of assigning unchecked power to the president.

June 30, 2019

Donald Ayer

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush

"Buried behind our president’s endless stream of lies and malicious self-serving remarks are actions that far transcend any reasonable understanding of his legal authority. Donald Trump disdains, more than anything else, the limitations of checks and balances on his power. Witness his assertion of a right to flout all congressional subpoenas; his continuing refusal to disclose his tax returns, notwithstanding Congress’s statutory right to secure them; his specific actions to bar congressional testimony by government officials; and his personal attacks on judges who dare to subject the acts of his administration to judicial review. More blatant yet are his recent assertion of a right to accept dirt on political opponents from foreign governments, and his declaration of a national emergency, when he himself said he “did not need to do this,” he just preferred to “do it much faster.”

"Attorney General William Barr has not had the lead public role in advancing the president’s claims to these unprecedented powers, which have come to us, like most everything about this president, as spontaneous assertions of Trump’s own will. *To the contrary, in securing his confirmation as attorney general, Barr successfully used his prior service as attorney general in the by-the-book, norm-following administration of George H. W. Bush to present himself as a mature adult dedicated to the rule of law who could be expected to hold the Trump administration to established legal rules…

"Having known Barr for four decades, including preceding him as deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, I knew him to be a fierce advocate of unchecked presidential power, so my own hopes were outweighed by skepticism that this would come true. But the first few months of his current tenure, and in particular his handling of the Mueller report, suggest something very different—that he is using the office he holds to advance his extraordinary lifetime project of assigning unchecked power to the president…"

"On March 24, just two days after he received the Mueller report, Barr issued a terse four-page letter purporting to summarize the report’s major conclusions—and drawing one more that was critical—while offering virtually no facts. It was not until 25 days later, on April 18, that the redacted report itself appeared, after a stage-setting press conference by Barr the same morning. Its 448 pages raised severe doubts about the accuracy of some of Barr’s characterizations, and his ensuing testimony on Capitol Hill was an exercise in curmudgeonly obfuscation, as he held his ground while explaining almost nothing.

David A. Graham: Barr misled the public—and it worked

"Barr’s March 24 letter stated accurately that “the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government” with regard to proven Russian efforts to hack computers and influence the election. He has since repeatedly misstated this conclusion as a finding of “no collusion,” which it is not. Mueller documented plenty of collusion between Russians and Trump’s agents, even as he failed to find evidence beyond a reasonable doubt of a conspiracy (meaning agreement) to disrupt the election.

"As to the investigation of possible obstruction of justice, while noting the report’s explicit statement that it could not “exonerate” the president, Barr’s letter said that Mueller’s approach was just to “describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions and leave it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described … constitutes a crime.” In fulfillment of this self-assigned duty, the letter reports that “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed … is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”

“The attorney general’s release of a redacted copy of the Mueller report on April 18, including the extensive facts recited in Volume II on the topic of obstruction of justice, produced great consternation. Many people who had supported Barr’s nomination because they thought he could be counted on to play straight were perplexed. He was sharply criticized for misleading the public about the findings of the investigation, which plainly chronicled numerous acts aimed at impairing the investigation.”

Mitch Ritter\Paradigm Sifters, Code Shifters and Song Chasers
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~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_of_the_Will

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Lock them up.The orange sloth first.

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