QUESTION: What happens if the democrats miscalculate their chances to win back the White House in 2020, and President Trump wins reelection?
ANSWER: The Democratic Party would be toast!
In November 2018, “We the People” moved heaven and earth to elect Democrats to insure that they would become the majority party in US House of Representatives, to be a check on the republican President Donald Trump’s flagrant disregard for the ‘rule of law.’ Most of us have been supportive of the the Democratic Party House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reticence to start down the road of impeachment inquiry proceedings, against the president based on his actions associated with Russia’s 2016 attack on the US elections infrastructure, especially while there was an ongoing FBI investigation regarding these events.
Speaker Pelosi opposes impeachment inquiry…
One reason for Speaker Pelosi’s hesitancy to act, is the reality that the US Senate is operating under the majority control of republicans, where its members can be counted on, to not support this endeavor. Second, it would be a matter of political expediency to let the voters decide / censure the president’s actions at the ballot box on the November 2020 elections’ cycle, about 1 1/2 years away. The impeachment process would take up almost all that time where the outcome would be dubious without the support of the US Senate. In addition, there was a credible ongoing FBI Trump Russia probe being led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III where there would be credible more evidence available.
Those favoring impeachment inquiry argue the following…
But in the end, it’s the House’s duty to invoke and act according to its constitutional mandate to uphold the rule of law, without giving in to what’s politically expedient, even if a successful outcome is unlikely. The impeachment inquiry should be based on the 3/22/2019 FBI’s final report on its 22 months long Trump -Russia inquiry led by the FBI’s special Counsel Robert Mueller, which details how President Trump while in the White House, constantly attempted to subvert the ‘rule of law. The US House has no choice but to act.
The Democratic Party lawmakers in the US Congress have to fight back to prevent for the President Trump from going rogue with his lawless impulses during the 11/2 years left in his term.. The quickest way to garner the facts (like president’s taxes, un-redacted Mueller report), especially when the White House is refusing to cooperate, would be for the Democrats to begin an impeachment inquiry no later than mid-June 2018. Otherwise, the Democratic Party will be perceived no differently from its GOP counterpart, where political expediency rules the day. Are the Democrats in the US Congress going to step into the breach, to stand up for the ‘rule of law or NOT?’
As per the 4/18/2019 New York Times report, “Determining the scope of the Russian interference campaign was a centerpiece of the Mueller investigation, and will most likely be one of its enduring legacies. His report leaves no doubt that it was the Russian government that orchestrated the effort, and that many of Mr. Trump’s aides welcomed it — even if they did not actively coordinate with Moscow.”
The FBI report states unequivocally that the Russian government did indeed interfere in the 2016 US presidential elections in a sweeping and systematic fashion to effect the outcome in President Trump’s favor. Moscow made a concerted effort to sabotage the 2016 US elections.
The Mueller report details the following:
“The Special Counsel’s investigation established that Russia interfere~ in the 2016 presidential election principally through two operations. First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J.Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton Campaign and then released stolen documents. The investigation also identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign. Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome,and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Yet for 2 plus years, the president has consistently denied the reality that Russia did interfere with the 2016 US elections to where he finally admitted that he believed Russia’s denials, at the world-wide televised 2018 Helsinki Summit where President Trump and the Russian Leader, Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference.
If the House Democrats does not hold accountable this president for all his attempts to trample on the rule of law, what precedent does this inaction allow for future presidents to act in similar ways?
In addition, the question for the US House Democrats is, what are they doing to protect US voting infrastructure systems from future attacks by Russian and other foreign or local entities with nefarious intentions?
Why did President Trump make phone calls to contact select congressional lawmakers to bar the ‘the passage of the bipartisan crafted law, ‘S.2261 Secure Elections Act?” As per govtrack.us, “This bill would eliminate paperless voting machines, which experts say are the most vulnerable to hacking and tampering. It would also expand the use of post-election audits, which are currently rare and usually only used in event of a recount.”
In conclusion, what are the democrats doing to push forward this (S.2261) ‘Secure Elections Act’ despite obstacles set up by the US president and his cronies in the US Senate?
Based on the infamous reality show directed by the republican President Donald Trump that was held on the 18th of April 2019, where the US Department of Justice’s top US law enforcement officer, the Attorney General William Barr with his Deputy Rod Rosentein in tow, demonstrated that they’re not the ones who could be counted on to protect the rule of law. They betrayed the American peoples by insuring that their boss would be above the law.
Contrary to Mr. Barr’s own words for weeks that he would not comment on the FBI’s 3/22/2019 final report regarding its 22 months long Trump-Russia probe led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, he did just that with a 4 week lead time before he had released it to the US Congress and the American public.
The Attorney General William Barr has proceeded to portray the FBI’s Mueller final report in a way that doen’t accurately reflect its actual content. It’s become obvious that he’s been catering to the US president and the 35% of the US population who remain loyal to him.
This tells the American taxpayers that they can’t rely on their top law enforcement office to protect US national security interests and the rule of law. The FBI’s Special Counsel Mueller was conspicuously absent from the press conference. When Mr. Barr was questioned on this point, he answered that Mr. Mueller, the FBI’s Special Counsel reports to him, end of story.
The FBI Special Counsel Mueller who as the former FBI Director for 12 years, a purple heart recipient with an impeccable reputation for competence, integrity and fairness, did earn the public’s trust as he and his team worked countless hours to deliver to us a reliable report on what occurred during the 2016 Russian multi-prong, full throttle attack on US elections infrastructure with its associated political systems.
Recall, how for 2 years, there had been the GOP US Senators strongly backing the former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as their former senate colleague, even though the president had been personally and brutally attacking him for having dared to appropriately recuse himself from exercising his oversight duties over the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe. For almost the entire time Mr. Mueller had been on the job, he had been operating under the constant threat of being fired at a moment’s notice based on the president’s pique.
For those months, the president had not only directed his ire with his constant tirades towards his Attorney General Jeff Sessions but the DOJ’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mr. Mueller, himself.
But then out of nowhere, the president was given the green light to fire him around November 2018 by no less than the GOP US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham and the Senates Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell. The fix was in. And so, by mid February 2019, the new Attorney General William Barr was ensconced in his role as the head of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) with full oversight responsibilities over the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, A month later, it was announced that the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III was ending his 22 months long Trump-Russia probe.
So now, “we the people” know with absolute conviction that we can’t trust the president, the US attorney general as the head of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Republican Party majority in the US Senate. But that’s why we elected Democrats in November 2018 to become the majority party in the US House of Representatives, to be a check on this president.
We are counting on the Democrats who hold the majority position in the US congress to hold this president accountable for his misdeeds, whether criminal or not. Otherwise the following image will be the last word.
See Washington Post analysis: George Conway: Trump is a cancer on the presidency. Congress …
Barr always seems to have this hapless ‘Why me God? Why me?’ look about him. Or is just his bad luck he doesn’t have a good photo profile.
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Mr. Barr is anything but hapless. He’s acting like a partisan hack when the position of the US attorney general is supposed to be non partisan in nature where he’s required to represent the people’s interests. But he is a smart political hack in a very powerful position. He’s already done a lot of harm.
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The expression suggests he’s peered into the future and it does not look good.
I think that we have reached a point where, if the House does not start impeachment proceedings and follow through, it sets a precedent for the future … a very dangerous precedent. I am also concerned when I hear Trump “joke” about serving more than two terms, perhaps 10-12 years. That is not a funny ‘joke’, for I have always believed he thought he would find a way to stay in office until death intervened. However, the House democrats will have to convince the republicans in the House in order to gain the 67% needed to impeach, and even then, I don’t see the likelihood of the current Senate being able to come up with 67% voting to convict and remove from office. A mess, it is.
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I concur with your thinking. It’s my opinion that the Democratic Party leaders in the US House are being short sighted in their thinking. Yes, for a short time President Trump may see a rise in his numbers/ and intensity levels in his base’s enthusiasm. And no, he’ll not be ousted by the US Senate.
But the advantage is that once ‘articles of impeachment’ are invoked, the impeachment rules make it much easier for the House Oversight Committee members to be able to collect pertinent data like the president’s financial records.
I’m convinced that the president’s financial dealings with Russia and Saudi Arabia will show him to be a compromised leader, to where he’ll be in political hot water. For me, this is a national security issue.
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You make a good point. He is interfering in the House investigations, claiming ‘executive privilege’, and in my book he has taken that privilege TOO far! Yes, I agree that I think his financial ties will bite him, but we need to see those financial records. Corruption is oozing from his pores! Hugs!!!
Democrats are between a rock and a hard place with this.🙇🏻♀️
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Here’s the deal. The White House can resist cooperating with the US House Committee members. The House members can’t seek redress with the Department of Justice which is headed by the Attorney General William Barr as we know he’s the president’s lackey. The Democrats can seek a remedy from the DC courts but a resolution can take years.
But once the ‘articles of impeachment have been invoked, the US House Committee members are granted much more power to make these demands. Frankly, I’m thinking that they have enough evidence with the FBI’s Mueller report to proceed to an impeachment vote in the US House, but I would like them to move heaven and earth to collect the president’s financial records a.s.a.p.
This will show once and for all how compromised the president is because of his financial dealings with Russia and Saudi Arabia. For me, this is a national security issue.
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Gronda, I believe the GOP should strongly consider impeachment. They won’t, but the President obstructed justice and I believe is more involved financially with Russian interests. So, more will come out in the court cases. The GOP will be damaged by this man, just as our country and planet are? There are many why questions needing answers.
I have shared this thought with more than few GOP Senators, including our two. Keith
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Any objective reading of the 3/22/2019 FBI’s final report on its Trump-Russia probe shows how the president flaunted the ‘rule of law’ over and over again. This cannot stand where the president sets a precedent where he’s not held accountable for his misdeeds. In my mind, the US House Democrats need to honor their duty by invoking ‘the articles of impeachment’ because it’s the right thing to do and the House is the only government entity that can hold the president, accountable. To avoid taking this step for political expediency is an act that looks similar to what the GOP lawmakers have been doing by not standing up to President Trump when he’s misbehaving.
Thanks for contacting your representatives.
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