Oh, The Irony …

On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the Supreme Court with an open seat.  President Barack Obama nominated a moderate, middle-of-the-road judge, Merrick Garland, to replace Scalia.  However, the Senate, led by none other than Mitch McConnell, not only refused to confirm Garland, but refused to even schedule interviews with him, let alone hold a confirmation hearing.  McConnell said that, with less than a year left in Obama’s term, the empty seat on the bench should be left vacant until a new president was elected.

Fast forward to 2019 when the House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed Trumps accounting firm, Mazars, for some portion of Trump’s financial records.  Trump filed a lawsuit in order to keep Mazars from handing over the subpoenaed records.  That suit came before Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Long story short, on Monday Judge Mehta upheld the subpoena and ordered Mazars to turn over the requested records, saying that the committee had demonstrated a facially valid legislative purpose for its investigation and the issuance of the subpoena.

“It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a president for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct — past or present — even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry.”

Trump, predictably, called the judge’s ruling “crazy” and once again blamed Obama for his troubles …

“We think it’s totally the wrong decision by, obviously, an Obama-appointed judge.”

Naturally, Trump’s lawyers immediately filed an appeal asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case and overturn Judge Mehta’s ruling.  Judge Merrick Garland serves as the chief judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Let that one sink in.

Now, before you begin jumping for joy, talking about poetic justice (pun intended) and all, let me urge caution, for there is no guarantee that Garland will be one of the three judges who will hear the case.  And even if he is one of the three, Merrick Garland is a man of integrity, unlike some others, who will follow the letter of the law and not let past grievances colour his judgement.  But take some pleasure in the knowledge that Trump likely had nightmares last night in which Judge Garland was banging his gavel on Trump’s head!

And just for kicks, take a look at Stephen Colbert’s and Jimmy Kimmel’s take on this whole thing … both are guaranteed to bring you a few deep belly laughs!

 

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14 thoughts on “Oh, The Irony …

  1. Sad that our judicial branch is also subject to the bully tactics and lies of this most unrespected President. Impeach now or face the dire consequences of his continuing tirades against our Constitutional framework.

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    • It is sad and angering, for the judicial branch is intended to be above partisan politics … that’s why their pay cannot be cut during their tenure and why they are appointed for lifetime terms.

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  2. Jill, saying Congress does not have authority when they do, is not a god hand to play. The man in the White House will do everything he can from getting folks to look under the financial hood. His latest ploy is to throw a hissy fit. I did find interesting his tantrum was relegated to the third story on the news. Keith

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    • After his disastrous meeting with Pelosi & Shumer this morning, followed by his impromptu rambling press conference, I am seriously questioning his sanity. Not a good think when he has control of the nuclear codes and is picking at Iran. Sigh.

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    • Yes, that happened after I had already put this on the schedule. The second judge ordered Deutschebank and Capital One to turn over Trump’s bank records. I’m sure that will be appealed too. We’re in for a long, hot summer, my friend! Hugs!!!

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    • More and more I’m becoming convinced that we won’t see it in our lifetime, but I do hope it happens for future generations. Of course, if we don’t get off our patooties and take climate change seriously and make some sacrifices in order to save the planet, none of it may matter at the end of the day.

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