Warm Southern Breeze

"… there is no such thing as nothing."

Trump is NOT above the law.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

It has begun.

Debate will last 6 hours – 3 hours each for Democrats -and- Republicans.

This is SERIOUS stuff.

It is NOT a “witch hunt,” “fake news,” or any other absurd claim which Trump, his GOP sycophants, or his other blind supporters have made.

AND… “YES!”

Michigan’s U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (13-D) said, “And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, look, you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t’ – because we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherfucker.”

Why would she ever say such a thing?

Because our nation’s Intelligence and Investigative services ALL KNEW that the Russians had interfered in our election to aid Trump and get him elected.

Her remarks were made AFTER the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, the CIA, and ALL 17 Intelligence Services concluded the exact same thing – Russians directly interfered in the 2016 General Election to elect Donald Trump.

They – the Russians – were successful.

And WHY?!?

Why did the Russians do that?

Precisely to bring about division and confusion in our nation which is now painfully present.

The Russians have won Phase One of their War Against Freedom – destroy your enemy from within, get them to destroy themselves. Bullets need not be fired, troops need not be dispatched.

The only bomb that been dropped is not just Trump’s election, but the revelations that the man who has long been known to be a skilled and chronically habitual liar – Donald John Trump – lied about what he did, despite overwhelming testimony to the contrary from numerous honorable men and women who have faithfully served in various offices – ranging from our Armed Services, Intelligence Services, to the Diplomatic Corps, and more – in our nation for decades.

Some say that the “Cold War” is over, since the Communists are now apparently gone from Russian government. They claim that since Russia is no longer called the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), that Vladimir Putin, who for many years was the head of the KGB – their Secret Police – (now known as the GRU) and is now “President” of Russia, is some benign benefactor or friendly power to which we should bow.

The lyrics of British rock group “The Who” in their 1971 song “Won’t Get Fooled Again” perfectly and succinctly express the present condition in Russia:

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

The Russians have NEVER been our friends, even though our two nations collaborated with the British to defeat the evil Axis forces – Nazi Germans, Fascist Italy, and Japanese Empire, common global enemies in WWII.

And YES!!!

Impeachment ~is~ a political process!

Our Framers purposely made it that way.

Like it, or not, the bar and threshold was DELIBERATELY set low. Combined with the fact that in our 243 year history, only TWO Presidents – Andrew Johnson, and Bill Clinton – have ever been impeached (Nixon resigned before being impeached), it is irrefutable evidence that our Congress takes deadly seriously the gravity of such action.

Further, an October 16, 2000 memorandum opinion from the Attorney General which cited another earlier opinion from 1973 that,

“The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions.”

Essentially, the Department of Justice has stated that a sitting President cannot be indicted, and thus, has placed the Office of the President ABOVE THE LAW.

If a president can’t be indicted, the ONLY path to punishment for wrong-doing by the President is Impeachment.

I doubt that the Founders could have ever imagined such a preposterously absurd, even ignorantly dangerous opinion would ever come from the Executive branch of government (the Department of Justice is in the Executive Branch), nor imagine that a sitting President would seek foreign interference into the very core of our internal national matters as election.

And yet, that plays right into what Trump said on 23 January 2016 as a Republican candidate at a campaign rally at Dordt College in Iowa that, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, ok? It’s, like, incredible.”

Before the Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals, on October 23, 2019, William S. Consovoy, an attorney defending Trump against a suit filed by the House of Representatives seeking his tax returns, told the three-judge panel that Trump was immune from any type of prosecution.

When Judge Denny Chin asked Mr. Consovoy “What’s your view on the Fifth Avenue example? Local authorities couldn’t investigate, they couldn’t do anything about it?”

Mr. Consovoy replied, “I think once the president is removed from office, any local authority… This is not a permanent immunity. No.”

Judge Chin then asked for clarification saying, “Well, I”m talking about while in office. Nothing could be done? That’s your position?”

Mr. Consovoy replied, “That is correct, that is correct.”

ref: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4824386/lawyer-argues-president-trump-prosecuted-office-shoots

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“I don’t care. They can do whatever they want and I can do whatever I want.”
– Trump to reporters, 11-5-2018, at Fort Wayne International Airport in Allen County, Indiana, for a campaign rally ahead of the midterm election

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“I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department.”
– Trump to New York Times, 12-28-17

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“By the way, if they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted. Because you’d see some beauties there. I will tell you this: Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

– Trump at a Doral, FL press conference 7-27-2016, asking the Kremlin investigate Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, over personal emails deleted by an aide from her personal server. That very day, the Democratic National Committee reported Russian hacking on their servers. The Mueller Investigation also found that Russians, at the request of Vladimir Putin, “Conspirators spearphished individuals affiliated with the Clinton Campaign throughout the summer of 2016. For example, on or about July 27, 2016, the Conspirators 7 attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton Campaign.” The Trump White House has never condemned Russian interference and meddling in our internal affairs, because the Kremlin did what Trump asked them to do.

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“What, exactly, did you hope [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky would do with the Bidens after the phone call? Exactly? Well, I would think that if they were honest about it, they’d start a major investigation into the Bidens. And by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine. So I would say that President Zeleneky — if it were me – I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens, because nobody has any doubt that they weren’t crooked. So if I were the president, I would certainly recommend that of Ukraine.”

– Trump, 10-3-19 on the White House South Lawn to the press, before leaving for a Florida rally. In response, Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub, appointed by George W. Bush in 2002, responded 6-13-2019 to Trump’s remarks and tweeted that “I would not have thought that I needed to say this,” which included an official statement from the FEC that “it is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.” In response, California U.S. Representative Ted Lieu (D-33) said, “Soliciting a foreign power to investigate your political opponent is an abuse of power. That’s why Congress started a formal Impeachment Inquiry.”
ref: https://twitter.com/EllenLWeintraub/status/1139309394968096768/photo/1

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On October 3, 2019, CNN reported that on June 18, 2019, Trump had a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping in which he raised the political prospects of two potential political rivals, Democratic contenders Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren who had risen significantly in national polls. In response, Trump told the Chinese leader that he would remain silent about protests for freedom in Hong Kong throughout trade talks with China.

The record of that call from the White House was later stored in the highly secured computer system where the record of Trump’s Ukraine call of July 25, 2019, which formed the basis of a whistle-blower complaint which in turn led to an official Impeachment Inquiry.

The White House did not deny Trump’s actions on the call to China.

In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry official Geng Shuang, said in part to the South China Morning Post that, “We have no intention of intervening in the domestic affairs of the United States. Our position is consistent and clear. China has long pursued the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.”

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Trump is unrepentant and has continued to obstinately insist that he has absolute power and can do anything that he wants, and on 10-3-19, he tweeted that “As the President of the United States, I have an absolute right, perhaps even a duty, to investigate, or have investigated, CORRUPTION, and that would include asking, or suggesting, other Countries to help us out!”

Trump has NEVER demonstrated, nor has he ever spoken of, or tweeted about, or expressed concern with, or for international corruption, nor has he ever shown himself to be concerned with corruption in ally nations, and the ONLY concern he has ever shown is with others who oppose his lawless actions, and in turn, falsely accuses them of being corrupt, or whatever he is accused of. It is a form of psychological projection, an unconscious type of self-defense in which one claims that others possess those negative attributes. Psychological projection is a personality/character flaw frequently found in those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, in which deep-seated feelings of inferiority are compensated for by attacking strong, or intelligent people. Narcissists manufacture an attractive exterior for themselves in which they attempt to fool others. Narcissists do not know how to feel love, pain, empathy or guilt, and often surround themselves with people who have the exact qualities they lack.

ref: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1179925259417468928

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Our nation’s ENTIRE Intelligence Community –
1. Office of the Director of National Intelligence;
2. Central Intelligence Agency;
3. National Security Agency;
4. Defense Intelligence Agency;
5. Federal Bureau of Investigation;
6. Department of State – Bureau of Intelligence and Research;
7. Department of Homeland Security – Office of Intelligence and Analysis;
8. Drug Enforcement Administration – Office of National Security Intelligence;
9. Department of the Treasury – Office of Intelligence and Analysis;
10. Department of Energy – Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence;
11. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency;
12. National Reconnaissance Office;
13. Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance;
14. Army Military Intelligence;
15. Office of Naval Intelligence;
16. Marine Corps Intelligence, and;
17. Coast Guard Intelligence
ALL AGREED THAT RUSSIA engaged in widespread espionage against Americans, used Facebook to influence Americans, and otherwise MEDDLED IN OUR 2016 TO ELECT DONALD JOHN TRUMP, and published an unprecedented declassified public report 1-6-17 stating the same. Information was previously made available internally to governmental agencies 12-29-16, and to the U.S. Senate. In pertinent part, they wrote that, “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments.” In response to news of the then-classified report being compiled, Trump said to Time magazine that, ““I don’t believe they interfered. Could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.” After receiving the secret intelligence briefing given by the CIA, Kentucky U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubt about its veracity.
ref: https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf

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In an exclusive interview of 30 hours duration over two days with President Trump, and published June 13, 2019, George Stephanopoulos with ABC News asked several questions of him about matters of Russian involvement in U.S. elections that helped him to be elected.

President Donald Trump: Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight. And I enjoy that I guess, I don’t know if I enjoy it or not, I guess — sometimes I have false fights, like the Russian witch hunt. That’s a false fight. That’s a made-up hoax. And I had a fight that —

President Trump: Okay, let’s put yourself in a position: you’re a congressman, somebody comes up and says, “Hey I have information on your opponent.” Do you call the FBI?

Stephanopoulos: If it’s coming from Russia you do.

President Trump: You don’t– I’ll tell you what. I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life. I don’t–you don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do—

Stephanopoulos: Al Gore got a stolen briefing book. He called the FBI.

President Trump: Well, that’s different. A stolen briefing book. This isn’t– this is somebody who said, “We have information on your opponent.” Oh, let me call the FBI. Give me a break, life doesn’t work that way.

Stephanopoulos: Your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers you information on opponents, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?

President Trump: I think maybe you do both. I think you might want to listen, there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, “we have information on your opponent.” Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.

Stephanopoulos: You want that kind of interference in our elections?

President Trump: It’s not an interference, they have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI. If I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research. Oh, let’s call the FBI. The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it, but you go and talk honestly to congressmen, they all do it, they always have. And that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.

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