American Elephants

A Fishing We Will Go, A Fishing We Will Go, Heigh Ho The Derry-O, A Fishing We Will Go. by The Elephant's Child

Some wag remarked that Congressman Jerry Nadler decided to impeach President Trump on the day he won the election.

According to the Constitution, “the President, Vice President And all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. Since no one has been able, including Mr. Nadler, to present any evidence whatsoever of high Crimes  and Misdemeanors, Mr. Nadler in now embarking on a vast search — not for the high Crimes or Misdemeanors, but for the evidence that there actually were any Crimes, etc. This would seem to my untutored non-legal mind to be a highly questionable “fishing expedition.”

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Mr. Nadler on Sunday if he thought the President had obstructed justice?

“Yes, I do,” replied Mr. Nadler. “It’s very clear that the President obstructed justice. It’s very clear—1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to—he fired—he tried to protect [Michael] Flynn from being investigated by the FBI. He fired [FBI director Jim] Comey in order to stop the Russian thing, as he told NBC News.”

Credit Mr. Nadler for candor that Democrats didn’t display when they campaigned last year. Then they talked only about holding the President “accountable.” Now they claim they already have enough to impeach Mr. Trump, though as Mr. Nadler admitted Sunday, “you have to persuade enough of the opposition party voters, Trump voters . . . that you’re not just trying to steal the last—to reverse the results of the last election.”

That may be harder than he imagines, and not only because of Mr. Nadler’s Freudian slip there of “steal.” Based on the public evidence so far, Mr. Trump hasn’t obstructed justice in any of the examples Mr. Nadler cited. Mr. Nadler wants to turn the President’s exercise of his normal constitutional powers into impeachable offenses.

The Wall Street Journal goes on to cite the opinions of such legal heavyweights as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, David Rivkin, and Attorney General William Barr while he was still in private life. A president cannot obstruct justice when he takes actions that are consistent with his Article II powers under the constitution, which includes firing inferior executive branch officers like Mr. Comey.

Getting uglier by the day out there. I suspect that President Trump’s remarkable success in revitalizing the economy and improving the lives of everyday Americans is what is enraging the Democrats so much. They don’t understand economics, assume that tax cuts have no function beyond enriching the rich, and were quite sure Obama was correct when he said the economy could no longer grow at more than two percent because times had just changed.

ADDENDUM: House Democrats sent more than 80 letters on Monday, demanding documents from family members, business associates, political confidants and others with ties to President Trump, launching a sprawling probe into whether he and his administration have engaged in obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.

Receiving letters from the House Judiciary Committee have included the president’s two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump; his son-in-law Jared Kushner; his former personal secretary Rhona Graff; Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization; and former top White House aides Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer and Stephen K. Bannon.

Other demands for documents are directed to institutions including the White House, Justice Department, Trump campaign, Trump transition team and the Trump Organization.

The three chairmen making the demands, Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs chairman Eliot Engel, and Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings. The overseer would seem to be Lavrenty Beria, Stalin’s secret police head who once said “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”  (That last was a reminder from Tom Lifson of american thinker)

This is an outrageous fishing expedition.  The business of Congress is supposed to be legislation, not the poisonous political pursuit of something, anything, with which to charge the President of the United States because you don’t like him, and are furious that he defeated your candidate, and left you out of power.

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