In the ten days since the House of Representatives launched its impeachment inquiry, President Trump has spoken and tweeted thousands of words in public. He has called the investigation a “coup” and the press “deranged.” He has demanded that his chief congressional antagonist, the California representative he demeans as “Liddle’ Adam Schiff,” be brought up on treason charges. He has attacked the “Do Nothing Democrats” for wasting “everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT.” There have been so many rationales coming from the President that it’s been hard to keep them straight. “How do you impeach a President who has created the greatest Economy in the history of our Country, entirely rebuilt our Military into the most powerful it has ever been, Cut Record Taxes & Regulations, fixed the VA & gotten Choice for our Vets (after 45 years), & so much more,” he complained via tweet last week, in … [Read more...] about Did Donald Trump Just Self-Impeach?
Dozens of recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program marched for weeks to rally outside the Supreme Court as justices weighted the fate of the program.(The Washington Post/The Washington Post) Media: Washington Post WASHINGTON - The Trump administration told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the program shielding young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children should end regardless of its legality, and the court's dominant conservative justices showed no inclination to disagree. Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the administration thinks the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Barack Obama authorized through executive action in 2012 to protect law-abiding immigrants brought to the United States as children, is unlawful. But even if it is not, he said, the Department of Homeland Security has the right to terminate it, and its decision to do so is not reviewable by courts. "DACA was a temporary … [Read more...] about Trump administration defends ending DACA, and Supreme Court’s conservatives seemed receptive
So now progressives are furious at Nancy Pelosi for not being more like Newt Gingrich. Yes, the circumstances today are radically different from 1998 in one big way: Donald Trump deserves to be impeached, and Bill Clinton didn’t. But maybe Pelosi recognizes a way in which, for now at least, they’re the same. Back in October 2017, I wrote a column suggesting that it was getting to be time for Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and James Clyburn to move along. If they take back the House in 2018, I wrote, let them have a victory-lap term, and then they should hand the reins to the next generation. Subsequently, during the heat of the election, when “my opponent will vote for Nancy Pelosi” was a GOP heavy-breathing pitch, I ventured here and there that this was a real issue in some of these swing districts, and liberals were wrong to dismiss it as such. On Twitter and among friends, I was mostly told that I was crazy and possibly sexist. Nancy Pelosi, people insisted with … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Right to Fear Nancy Pelosi. Liberals Are Wrong to Mock Her.
Newly appointed White House counsel Don McGahn will no doubt address Donald Trump as “Mr. President.” Compare that to how McGahn’s uncle would address Trump in the days in the 1960s and early 1990s, when he was The Donald’s leading fixer in Atlantic City. “You draft-dodging bastard.” Paddy McGahn used this sobriquet almost exclusively to refer to the man who’s now our president-elect, often accompanying it with a command. “Listen, you draft-dodging bastard…” The label certainly fit, as Trump had suddenly developed bone spurs in the spring of 1968, when the fourth of his college deferments ended with his graduation and left him in danger of being drafted. Trump received a medical exemption as 300,000 other young Americans were inducted that year. And the elder McGahn was speaking as a Marine who had received the Navy Cross as well as three Purple Hearts in Korea. He had survived to become an attorney and powerbroker … [Read more...] about The Decorated Marine Who Called Trump a ‘Draft-Dodging Bastard’ to His Face
Special Counsel Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that he did not exonerate President Trump and that he could, in fact, be indicted after he leaves office. And he hinted that he believes Trump’s written answers to questions may have contained falsehoods. In a curt exchange with Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck, the former special counsel said the Justice Department’s legal rules don’t shield Trump from criminal charges after he’s out of the White House. “Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” Buck asked. “Yes,” Mueller replied. “You believe that he committed––you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?” Buck asked. “Yes,” Mueller replied. House Judiciary Committee Democrats, including Rep. Jamie Raskin, nodded excitedly through the exchange—the closest Mueller came to … [Read more...] about Mueller to Congress: Trump Could Be Charged With a Crime After He Leaves Office