Category: Donald Trump impeachment

Impeachment or resign-It’s in Trump’s court

Everybody calling for Trump’s impeachment

Donald Trump is getting volleys from all directions and they aren’t directed at his legislative agenda. Oh wait, he doesn’t have a legislative agenda. Do you remember “…forty-three years ago this summer when Republican Senator Barry Goldwater walked into the Oval Office and told Republican President Richard Nixon that they didn’t have the votes in the Senate to save his presidency.” Yahoo News reports that this could happen to Trump down the road, if not in the near future. And should the House vote to impeach, two-thirds of the Senate is required to convict; Yahoo’s Elaine C. Kamarck claims there are twelve Senators already riding the impeachment train.

The Donald Trump impeachment express

She continues…

  • “If you add that to the forty-eight Democrats in the Senate (who have shown no inclination to work with this President), Donald Trump could be six votes away from conviction in the Senate.”

That could turn the locomotive into an express, and with a little help, the indictment could reach the station sooner than most now expect. The barriers are Paul Ryan in the House and Mitch McConnell in the Senate; it won’t happen unless they are on board, unless there is a revolt in both houses to overthrow their leaders. Since we are talking about ousting the President of the United States, that isn’t so far-fetched. McConnell has fallen from grace and Ryan has always been less than mediocre. Lindsey Graham has said that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be the “beginning of the end” of the Trump presidency.

Art of the Deal ghostwriter thinks Trump on way out

If you remember Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir, The Art of the Deal, you might also remember its ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, who now professes he “…thinks President Donald Trump will eventually call it quits.” Schwartz tweeted…

  • “The circle is closing at blinding speed,” Schwartz tweeted. “Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and congress leave him no choice.”

Followed by…

  • “Trump’s presidency is effectively over. Would be amazed if he survives till end of the year. More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner.”

The Art of the Deal ghostwriter speaks out

Celebrating Trump was like “putting lipstick on a pig”

There are so many choice comments from Tony Schwartz in this CNN article that I feel I must pass them along. Like…”I put lipstick on a pig,” adding he has, “a deep sense of remorse” for “presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” I don’t think Schwartz has to worry, because any good he did ghostwriting the book has surely been eradicated by the ignorant and vulgar behavior of T-rump since entering the White House. The author believes he may be looking for a way to resign and for Donald Trump there is only one way to leave. Turning his loss into a victory.

Anonymous resistance movement gets in impeachment act

There is more help from the online activist group known as Anonymous which has posted the private cellphone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress. This started with only three earlier so it is obvious that these people are serious. Their goal is Donald Trump’s impeachment, and based on a history of this hacker clan in the past, they won’t give up the ship until it’s righted. Politicians included were U.S. Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa. None of these particularly influential but we still have to see the balance of the names.

How will Donald Trump exit the Oval Office?

Rob Pfeiffer, chief editor of online publication The Anon Journal said the information was published to get voters to contact these Senators to encourage Donald Trump’s impeachment. It will be interesting to follow just how this scenario goes because in the opinion of most, T-rump could not face impeachment. And reflecting again on the earlier point that the only way he would leave would be to turn his loss into a victory…it could get messy for the Republicans but the timing could not be better for the left nearing 2018 and coming up on 2020. Right now, Progressives aren’t saying ‘we told you so,’ but they should be.


Will Republican Mueller dump Republican Trump?

Robert Mueller is on a roll

Donald Trump-Robert Mueller
Donald Trump-Robert Mueller

No president has ever gone out this way, but just keep reading and you’ll see why there is every chance it could happen. Donald Trump’s favorability rating has plummeted to the point that the Republican Congress is worried his disapproval will lose seats for those running in 2018. And the GOP is very jumpy over the fact they might lose the White House in 2020. In either case, the Republican brand as well as the Trump brand, are so heavily tarnished that the left should have a clear shot in both cases. But if there is anything that can bring Donald Trump crashing down around his Oval Office desk, it is Robert Mueller’s special investigation into T-rump’s Russian connection.

Washington Grand Jury impaneled

Rantt News says Donald Trump is “terrified” of Robert Mueller. Part of it could be Mueller’s strength in that he is the only FBI Director other than J. Edgar Hoover to lead the Bureau longer than the ten-year required term. The other, of course, is the investigation he is conducting into just how much Trump conspired with the Russians in their tampering with the 2016 election, helping him to beat Hillary Clinton. Mueller has now reached the point where he has impaneled a Washington Grand Jury to investigate Russian interference. Since this makes the investigation official, it will continue even if Mueller was fired. Remy Anne of Rantt says

  • “According to Reuters, grand jury subpoenas have been issued regarding the July 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Russian lawyers, and others.”

Mueller’s relationship with James Comey

Mueller’s relationship with James Comey goes back a long way to when George W. Bush wanted to implement a domestic surveillance program called STELLARWIND after the 9/11 terrorism that would include collecting email, telephone, and internet conversations/activity of American citizens. Helping each other, they were able to keep the program from going into effect. Comey will no doubt be a leading witness for Mueller, and quite possibly the one who could actually bring down Trump. Mueller will be taking over several federal probes already in the making over the Trump-Russia complicity. They include the…

  • “…President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, as well as former associates Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Carter Page.”

A video glimpse into Mueller’s investigation of Trump

Mueller digs…Trump cringes

Donald Trump still calls it the “totally made-up Russia story,” his position from the beginning, one that is typical T-rump but with signs now of cracking at the edges. The farther Mueller digs, the more vocal Trump is with the tweets. Here’s a classic example…

  • You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA   4:57 AM – Jun 15, 2017

A right now to issue subpoenas

Mueller’s latest move to impanel a grand jury gives him the right to “readily issue subpoenas, gather testimony, and compel individuals to testify regarding what they know about Russian interference in the election, the Trump campaign, and likely a host of financial matters.” It doesn’t mean that Mueller is ready to bring charges, but it is significant that the jury is impaneled in a Democratic-leaning capital where there is a more sympathetic jury pool. In other words, there is definitely method in Robert Mueller’s strategic moves. He is convinced after looking at all the evidence there is reason for concern and he is making the moves to get at the truth.


Does Robert Mueller need Congressional protection?

Apparently there are lawmakers that think he does, according to Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor. Grier says…

  • “…they’re[lawmakers] proposing to provide Mr. Mueller, the special counsel in the Russian election tampering investigation, with legislative armor meant to prevent the White House from firing him unless it has a really good reason.”

The legislation might not even pass, and knowing T-rump the way we do, it probably wouldn’t affect any bizarre decision the Oval Office lunatic made. At least, they’re on the record.

Saturday Political Roundup

Should you or shouldn’t you? VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS

The vitamin supplement business is around $5 billion a year, and has a powerful lobby. Regulations are limited because “…dietary supplements are not considered drugs, thus they are not required to undergo clinical trials or obtain approval from the FDA prior to sale, unless the product is labeled as intended for therapeutic use.” This, according to the Center of Injury Research and Policy, reported on CBS. 70% of the calls involve children under six swallowing unattended supplements with more than 12,300 cases causing serious medical complications. Personally, I was told by a doctor supplements could interact negatively with certain prescription drugs. So, BUYER BEWARE.

Donald Trump’s 27% chance

A poll by USA Today and iMediaEthics, discovered that only 27% of the American public think Donald Trump “definitely will complete” his four-year term. And this is only six months into his presidency, one that has proven repeatedly that he is not fit for the Oval Office. 13% said he definitely will not complete it, and 10% of those are Republicans. ” Nearly 70 percent of Democrats say Trump should be impeached, as do 36 percent of independents and 15 percent of Republicans.” A bill for impeachment has been introduced by a California Democrat but it isn’t likely to go anywhere in a Republican House. But one can only hope and it’s obvious many Americans are.

Unrest in the State Department

What do you expect when your selection criteria is  limited to “millionaire.” minimum? Billionaires also welcome. Sec. of State Rex Tillerson says he isn’t resigning but there are reports that he is thinking about it. Tillerson insiders have indicated he is losing patience with Donald Trump, and also after he discovered he “violated U.S. sanctions against Russia while he was CEO of Exxon-Mobile.” Additionally, the head of the State Department’s diplomatic security bureau , acting Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Bill Miller, has resigned. It’s time for the Washington Post to do its thing comparing Trump resignations and firings with Pres. Obama’s administration.

Another “”hot mic” goof with a Donald Trump connection

Sen. Jack Reed-Sen. Susan Collins
Sen. Jack Reed-Sen. Susan Collins

First it was a tape with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood.” Donald Trump clearly brags on the tape, about being able “…to ‘grab’ women ‘by the p—y’ because “when you’re a star they let you do it.” This was in the throes of T-rump’s steady parade of offensive comments about women just before the election. So why did 42% of women vote for him? Well, the latest hot mic involves the womanizer but in a different light. It was caught in the Senate where Rep. Sen. Jack Reed says about Trump, “I think he’s crazy.” Rep. Sen. Susan Collins followed with, “I’m worried.” Two top GOP Senators are concerned over the mental stability of the U.S. President. Sounds like a great idea for a novel.

Even the Boy Scouts reject Donald Trump

The President of the United States is asked to speak to the Boy Scouts of America to issue an uplifting speech about the future of our country, but instead Donald Trump spews a political diatribe that prompts the organization to distance itself from him. Is there any organization this man hasn’t offended or outright demeaned? He criticized prominent Democrats, blasted “fake news” and “fake polls,” and characterized Obamacare as “a horrible thing… that’s really hurting us” According to ThinkProgress, he even “conflated his politics with the values and work of the Scouts.” He was condemned by current and former Boy Scouts. It gets more pathetic every day.


Donald Trump could be impeached by Progressives in 2018

The People speak

American University Professor Allan Lichtman predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2016 election for President, and he did. Well, not the popular vote by a long shot, but the electoral College which is all that counts. Lichtman did it with his system, “Keys to the White House,” one that has called presidential elections in the past. Not using the “Keys” this time, he made another forecast that Trump would be impeached before the end of his first term. Lichtman has put all this in his new book,  “The Case for Impeachment,” publishing on April 18.

The author indicates there are eight ways in which the impeachment could happen, using former cases like Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton to illustrate his conclusion. Lichtman points out guidelines that many people aren’t aware of…

“You don’t actually have to commit a crime to be impeached. The House of Representatives basically decides what constitutes impeachment, and it could be any violation of the public trust, whether or not it’s a crime.”

It was the Founding Fathers intention to put in place a mechanism that would allow Congress to keep checks and balances on the Oval Office and get rid of a “rogue” that saw fit to ignore the law. Nixon did and Lichtman believes that one of the reasons that…

“…Trump is vulnerable to impeachment is that he shares many of the same traits as Richard Nixon, and poses the same kind of threat to our constitutional system, our liberties and our freedoms.”

But Peter W. Stevenson of the Washington Post reminds the Professor that Republicans control both houses of Congress plus the White House. Why would they want to mess with the balance of power by impeaching another Republican? Lichtman’s reply is the people could demand it and since Donald John has no real connections in Congress, they could decide to cut him loose simply because he is a liability. It only takes a majority vote and since the Dems would no doubt be in favor, it would only require two-dozen Republicans to switch.

Stevenson makes the point that Republicans don’t really trust Donald Trump, but they love Mike Pence, considered to be their Christian conservative dream for Congress. In some cases, Pence could be worse than Trump with his Tea Party ideologies that he would attempt to run the government with. I say attempt because I do believe the public would revolt as they have in the past when this radical faction gets too close to control. If the emails I get from this organization are any measurement of their sanity, Mike Pence is a part of a snake pit.

Lichtman alludes to past business dealings of Donald Trump and his many decades in the world of commerce. It’s not pretty. He’s flouted the law, been in trouble with the Department of Justice, broke the Cuban embargo in the 1990s, when that was a serious crime, and he has broken laws with respect to the employment of illegal immigrants, ironically contradicting his own campaign. Played fast and loose with the law, walked away from failed deals, and has had a serious problem with telling the truth, obvious in his campaign and in office, but also regularly before that.

Lichman makes a comment in closing that really sums up Donald Trump as a person, “His overriding pattern is Donald Trump first, and nothing else matters nearly as much.” Yet today he is in the White House, put there by voters that I am not sure were informed enough to know what the hell they were doing; at least a vast majority of them. Donald John answered to no one in business but he has the American public trust to answer to today and that is what could bring about his impeachment.