Saturday Surprise is on hiatus this week for mysterious, undisclosed reasons. Mis disculpas.
Washington D.C. … so much goes on there these days that it sucks the air out of the rest of the nation. Every day there are more and more stories of lies and corruption. Today I bring you two tales from that city … one encouraging, one discouraging.
There are conscionable republicans? Who knew?
In Thursday’s Snarky Snippets post, I mentioned an organization, Republicans for the Rule of Law (RRL) who are planning a 30-second ad calling for Trump’s impeachment (the ‘I’-word) that will be aired on none other than Fox and Friends, Trump’s favorite show, next week. Curiosity piqued, for I had never heard of this group, I went in search of more information about RRL.
On the “About Us” section of the group’s website, they state …
“Republicans for the Rule of Law is a group of life-long Republicans dedicated to defending the institutions of our republic and upholding the rule of law. We are fighting to make sure that the laws apply equally to everyone, from the average citizen to the president of the United States. We believe in fidelity to the Constitution, transparency, and the independence of prosecutors from politics.”
On Thursday, RRL announced that it would hand-deliver a copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to every lawmaker in the republican party. In a letter to lawmakers, the group said …
“As Republicans and conservatives, we consider an uncompromising commitment to the rule of law in the best interests of both the Republican Party and the United States. With this pre-highlighted copy of the Mueller report in hand, all Republicans in Congress will have an easy defense against charges of not having read it.”
Along with the letter and highlighted report, Republicans for the Rule of Law released a video with three GOP-appointed federal prosecutors claiming Trump would have been indicted if he were not president. These three men, all republicans, all having worked under republican administrations, make a clear and concise case that Donald Trump is, in fact, guilty of obstruction of justice. Take a look …
Chris Traux, legal advisor and spokesman for Republicans for the Rule of Law, said …
“The rule of law has always been a nonnegotiable principle of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. These veterans of the Reagan and Bush Administrations are reminding us that the law applies the same to everyone — even the president. Republicans and all Americans need to listen.”
The 30-second ad to be aired on Fox and Friends is said to be a clip from the above video.
I find it encouraging that there are republicans who are willing to put country first, for it seems that with the lone exception of Representative Justin Amash, none of the republicans in Congress are willing to do so. My hope is that this group and their actions can stir the consciences of at least a few of the republican members of Congress so that we might proceed with the impeachment of Donald Trump, for it is increasingly obvious that he is taking our nation down a path of destruction.
But … it’s a court order, for Pete’s sake!
In early May, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered that the Justice Department make public various materials related to the case against Michael Flynn, Trump’s first National Security advisor. The order included transcripts of any audio recordings of Flynn, such as his conversations with Russian officials, specifically Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as well as unredacted version of portions of the Mueller report related to Flynn.
These requests by Judge Sullivan were not subpoenas from Congress but were a direct order by a court of law. And guess what, folks? The United States Department of Justice under Attorney General William Barr refused to comply with that court order. Prosecutors Brandon L. Van Grack and Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Curtis of Washington provided little explanation as to why they were not turning over the transcripts but indicated that the judge had asked for material that was not relevant to Flynn’s eventual sentencing.
The Justice Department did provide one of the items the Judge ordered … a full transcript of a voice mail that John Dowd, a private attorney for Trump, left for Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner in November 2017. But guess what? It was fully quoted in Mueller’s report anyway.
So, let’s recap here. The House of Representatives is conducting an investigation as is not only their right, but their constitutional duty, and as such, they are issuing requests and subpoenas for information, but the Trump, Barr, Mnuchin and others are flat out refusing to provide such information. Michael Flynn, who served only 24 days as Trump’s national security advisor because it was proven he had lied to the FBI about the nature and content of his communications with Kislyak, has been tried, found guilty, and is awaiting sentencing. The judge in the case asks for relevant information, but Trump’s hand-picked, corrupt Attorney General refuses the order.
Law. Either we have one or we do not. What do you think would happen if you were subpoenaed to court and didn’t show up? What do you think would happen if a policeman pulled in behind you, lights flashing, and you kept going? That’s right, folks … the law applies to us. Obviously, at this point, it does not apply to the officials in the federal government. Can there be any doubt that this is the most corrupt government in the 230+ year history of this nation?
Now go forth and have a lovely weekend!