Mad As Hell! (Part I)

Okay, folks, I’ve had enough.  All day, there has been a slow burn building up and it’s just about to ‘splode, so hold on to your hats.

Today will be the first official day of the Impeachment Trial of one Donald F. Trump.  This is a serious affair, for Mr. Trump has abused the power of his office, has utterly failed to uphold the Constitution he took an oath to uphold, has used the office of president for his own personal gain, and in so doing has put the entire nation at risk.  He has already, and will remain throughout history, a dishonoured, impeached president, but now it is up to the U.S. Senate to decide whether the evidence is sufficient to convict him, thereby removing him from office and protecting the nation from further atrocities.

Now, if the Senate carefully reviews the evidence, listens to witness testimony, and then decides to acquit Trump, I will be disappointed, but I will not scream from the rooftops.  But, as of this writing, it appears that there will be no such thing as a fair and honest trial, as impartial judges, and We the People will not be served.  First, as I reported previously, Senator Mitch McConnell said he would conduct the trial according to the wishes of the White House, and Senator Lindsey Graham blatantly said he had no intention of being fair and impartial, but that he had already decided to acquit Trump.

The “White House” sent its first ‘legal brief’1 yesterday, all 171 pages, signed by twelve of the attorneys representing Trump.  171 pages!  Twelve lawyers!  I found it highly interesting to note the name of Jordan Sekulow as one of the signers of the document.  Jordan Sekulow is the son of Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal lawyer.  Both Jay and Jordan are talk radio show hosts, as well as lawyers.  The document begins with the Executive Summary that starts …

The Articles of Impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions. The Articles themselves—and the rigged process that brought them here—are a brazenly political act by House Democrats that must be rejected.

Rigged???  Sounds just like something coming out of Trump’s mouth, doesn’t it?  A dozen lawyers and this is how they start a 171-page legal brief?  But more importantly are those last three words, “must be rejected”.  The document goes on to urge senators to “immediately” acquit the president of the charges that will be formally presented at his trial that starts in earnest this week, even before hearing evidence or testimony!  Trump’s legal team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, wrote that Trump “did absolutely nothing wrong” as it accused the House Democrats who impeached the president of attempting to overturn the results of the 2016 election and “to interfere in the 2020 election.”  SAY WHAT???

“The only threat to the Constitution that House Democrats have brought to light is their own degradation of the impeachment process and trampling of the separation of powers.”

Trampling of the separation of powers.  Now, isn’t that funny, coming from the lawyers representing the ‘man’ who has refused to allow congressional oversight time and time and time again.  This from the ‘man’ who ordered an assassination of a high-ranking foreign general without cause and without bothering to mention it to Congress.  This from a ‘man’ who forbade people both within and outside the administration from answering congressional subpoenas.

I am not a lawyer … I took a few Constitutional Law classes during my post-graduate studies, but I am in no way an expert.  Still, I know bullshit when I hear it, I know that these guys, under other circumstances, in a fair and honest trial, wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting their client off.  But, these are not other circumstances, and this is not at all likely to be either a fair or honest trial.

The seven House members who will be prosecuting this case submitted a 9-page response2 … nine pages to respond to 171 pages.  Tells you that a) most of the 171 pages were just what I said, bullshit, and b) the House members have better things to do with their time.  The response begins …

The American people entrusted President Trump with the extraordinary powers vested in his Office by the Constitution, powers which he swore a sacred Oath to use for the Nation’s benefit. President Trump broke that promise. He used Presidential powers to pressure a vulnerable foreign partner to interfere in our elections for his own benefit. In doing so, he jeopardized our national security and our democratic self-governance. He then used his Presidential powers to orchestrate a cover-up unprecedented in the history of our Republic: a complete and relentless blockade of the House’s constitutional power to investigate high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

President Trump maintains that the Senate cannot remove him even if the House proves every claim in the Articles of impeachment. That is a chilling assertion.

It is, indeed, a chilling assertion. Any other president in the history of this nation would have been tried, convicted, and escorted out of the White House, probably in handcuffs by now for the many abuses of power Trump has committed, both before his election and since taking office.  Any other president would have been impeached and removed from office after the release of Robert Mueller’s report last year.  But, no other president in the past 233 years, not even Richard M. Nixon, has abused the office of the president in the many ways Trump has.  Since he has gotten by with it thus far, he seems to believe that he is invincible.

And maybe he is, since he has rid the government of those with morals and integrity, surrounding himself with characters who have little experience to qualify them for their jobs, but are slavishly dedicated and loyal to Donald F. Trump.

One more thing …

In the event that at least four republican senators vote to hear witness testimony, Trump’s lawyers and sycophants in the Senate are preparing a “Plan B” to ensure that John Bolton will not be allowed to testify, or that if he does, his testimony will be kept from the public.  Another abuse of the power of the office, another denigration of the separation of powers.  I hope … I sincerely hope that John Bolton has the cojones to give an interview to the New York Times or another credible media outlet and tells all.

If you have any remaining illusions that this is still, as Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”, you’d be wrong.  This is a government of, by, and for the wealthiest few people in this nation, including Donald F. Trump.  We the People are NOT being served, but rather are being royally screwed.

White House legal brief

House Prosecutor’s response

16 thoughts on “Mad As Hell! (Part I)

  1. Pingback: Mad As Hell! (Part II) | Filosofa's Word

  2. The reason Trump can get away with this BS is b/c the impeachment process is a farce, a dog & pony show. Clearly Trump is guilty as sin on so many levels, but impeachment is primarily a political process, not legal or criminal. So the worse that can happen is he get kicked out of office, not prosecuted for his true crimes… war crimes against humanity. That’s why the Repugs can be so blatantly unjust, unreasonable, they hold the majority of the senate. Acquittal is guaranteed, remember… all political processes are rigged by it’s very nature. Politics means have power over other ppl, majority by definition wins. Our whole political system is a farce when you detach for a moment and see it for what it is: hypocrisy, lies, cheating, cronyism, subversion, corruption etc.
    What we are feeling everyday is disgust for a broken system that allowed a rogue like Trump to be the most powerful person in the world!

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  3. I hope to goodness all who think this is terrible will get out and vote because we know Trump’s cult will be out in force. They are so confused, full of hate, ill-advised, just plain stupid, or brainwashed they love him and think he can do no wrong. 😦 — Suzanne

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  4. Jill, the Senators who fail to do their jobs with fairness and ask for and listen testimony, are quite simply doing a disservice to the American people. They are also violating two oaths, one to the constitution and one last week. As we know, if they do this, the evidence exists. I hear people saying the House did not make their case. I disagree. And, it is actually worse.

    But, the GOP needs to look holistically at the person and who they are defending. The still do not know what else they will have to defend and whether the transgression has already been committed. I was leafing through “Anonymous” yesterday in an expensive book store – it paints a picture of a person with no plan, who can be easily manipulated by Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner, referred to as the “Trump Whisperers.” This jives with two-time Pulitzer prize winner Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” based on 750 hours of interviews.

    The question to Senators remains “Is this the person you want to spend your dear reputation on?” Taking Donald Trump at his word is a fool’s errand. Keith

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    • You’re right, of course. They are violating their oaths, which Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell have made clear they do not take seriously, and they are completely disregarding the rights of the people of this nation … the right to have our elected officials act in the best interest of the nation. I read part of Anonymous, but haven’t yet finished it, but I am planning to get the one that just came out today by two well-respected journalists, Phillip Rucker and another, titled “A Very Stable Genius”, for I’ve read two excerpts now and really want to read the rest. As to your question to the Senators … it seems that they have decided to stake their careers on the narcissistic megalomaniac in the Oval Office. Frankly, I hope they all go down in flames on November 3rd.

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      • Jill, the concept of “stable genius” is interesting. But, let’s explore those two words with the US president in mind. He self-professes to manage by fear and a conservative author (David Brooks) said the Trump White House is equal parts chaos and incompetence. The author of “Anonymous” is a White House staffer and said Trump has no plan. He just reacts to things and is highly influencable as a result. None of this sounds like “stable” to me.

        A genius is someone who exhibits a deeper understanding of complex topics. We have a president who confesses a disdain for reading and studying and is too impatient to read the simplest of briefing reports. In fact, staff must include more pictures and graphs to keep his attention. Plus, I am concerned when he speaks how he repeats himself numerous times. Part of it is to emphasize a point to people, but part of it is he has nothing more to say. None of this sounds like a “genius” to me.

        Keith

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        • You know I am in full agreement. As far as stable, I’ve only ever known one person who was as demented as Trump, and as far as ‘genius’ … my cat Boo (short for Booker T Washington) has a higher IQ than Trump. Boo can actually spell! Just last month I believe it was, that 350 psychologists wrote a letter to Congress claiming that Trump’s mental stability was deteriorating. And even earlier, I recall a letter by health care professionals expressing concern about his mental state. And yet … 40% of this nation applaud him. Now, what I wonder is what that says about those people.

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          • Jill, one of the traits that a genius has is they don’t have to go around telling people they are a genius. I was listening to Robert McNeil describe his former news partner Jim Lehrer who died yesterday. He said he was the smartest person he ever worked with AND he asked simple questions, as he did not need to show the interviewee and audience how much he knew. I think of “60 Minutes” interviewers, where they answer their own question, so the interviewee need only repeat what the asker said. That was not Lehrer’s approach. Keith

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            • R.I.P. Jim Lehrer. As you say, intelligent people don’t need to toot their own horn, don’t go about bragging of how smart they are, don’t claim to be “the best” at anything, let alone everything. Just yesterday I read that Trump claimed to be the most popular president in history … this from a man who has NOT ONCE even reached the 50% mark in approval ratings. Sigh. I don’t know about you, my friend, but I am getting beyond sick and tired of his mouth. Where are his keepers??? They should have duct-taped his mouth and tweety fingers long ago!

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              • Jill, he got the word wrong. He is the most “notorious” president. One of my favorites is Trump said he knows more about taxes than anyone, even in the history of doing taxes. My question is, so Mr. Trump, who does your taxes? Keith

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                • True … only, he would be beaming about that, too … notoriety of any sort, I think, feeds his ego. The biggest slap in the face would be irrelevance … if he were rarely mentioned in the press,, and were but a passing blip in the history books. If people ignored his tweets and didn’t show up for his rallies. Taxes? Oh … you mean those tax returns we cannot see because they are so perfect and we are so ignorant that we wouldn’t understand them? Sigh.

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  5. Hello Jill. you have it spot on. I wonder how history will look at our congress at this time? How much democracy will we have left if the Republicans hold the party line over the good of the country when the evidence is so clear? Hugs

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    • Thanks Scottie! Yes, I’ve long said I would love to see how the historians record this era of Trump. The chapter title could be “The year the clowns took over a nation”. I don’t know, my friend, but if Trump is handed a second term in office, I suspect this nation will no longer be recognizable as a democratic republic … it barely is now. Hugs.

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  6. Donald Freakin Trump, DFT!?
    No matter, Jill, whether that was an intentional typo or not. I just thought I should remind you the American people are not being “royally screwed,” you have no royalty. Rather you are being raped and asaulted by a self-loving privileged bastard who thinks he and his cronies are above those laws written for common folk such as we.
    Plaster the orange turd to the inside wall of a jail cell and throw away the key. And throw his lawyers in with him.

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    • Um … something close to that. It was intentional. 😉 Yes, you’re right, we have no royalty, though DFT thinks of himself as a king rather than a public servant. So, we are being raped and pillaged by a madman without a conscience. How I would love to throw the whole lot of them to the sharks in the Pacific! Why waste jail space and food on them?

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