Tag: Justice Department

Impeachment is all but certain

By: TDF Staff

House Democrats have now passed the majority number of 218 members favoring impeachment or an impeachment inquiry. So it was obviously time for a flurry of news stories interviewing mostly Trump supporters on how impeachment could backfire (Democrats are “nervous,” Republicans are “dug in”). This sampling is from The New York Times:

In interviews with voters on Wednesday, there was no clear or surprising shift in sentiment on impeachment; some Republican voters pumped their fists with bring-it-on energy, and some Democrats pronounced themselves vindicated but also uncertain about whether the House — let alone the Republican-led Senate — would ultimately act against Mr. Trump.

Of course there isn’t going to be a change in attitudes, and certainly not in one day. It took months of televised hearings about Watergate before public opinion swung against Richard Nixon, finally forcing him to resign—that, and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering the full release of the Nixon tapes.

But while Nixon felt at least a modicum of shame, Trump obviously doesn’t. He’ll never resign as long as his family is still making money off his office and he can use the institution of the presidency to feed his enormous ego.

There was no Fox News or right-wing hate radio in the 1970s, and no social media to spread right-wing conspiracy theories. There were enough Republicans in the 1970s who were finally willing to put country before party and say out loud that Nixon’s behavior was illegal and that he should be held accountable.

Today, not so much. Republican lawmakers are too afraid of Trump’s voting base and of possible Trump-loving primary challengers to stand up to him.

There are an assload of reasons to impeach Donald Trump: obstruction of justice in the Robert Mueller Russia investigation, profiting off the presidency, violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, stonewalling congressional investigations, blocking congressional subpoenas, and refusing to let anyone connected to the White House testify before Congress, just to name a few. His obvious approach to smear a 2020 opponent is only the latest.

How will all of this play out in the long run? So much depends on how it plays in the media, how Trump continues to play the victim card, and how members of both parties spin the information.

Trump’s lemmings will be dug-in no matter what. Now, more than ever, it’s important to register new Democratic voters and make sure that those voters get to the polls. And vote.

Source: Daily Kos

Barr lied under oath

By: TDF Editorial

William Barr this morning decided to fully torch his credibility in defense of Donald Trump, joining a long line of Republicans who have done the same to their own credibility. During the Attorney General’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him “Did you have a problem with the way Comey handled the Clinton email investigation?”

“Yes, I said so at the time,” Barr responded.

He said so at the time? Barr must have forgotten the op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post on Halloween 2016 titled  ”James Comey did the right thing”.

The era of Trump sure has caused so many Republicans to have selective amnesia. Vote them all out. Also, Barr needs to be held accountable for lying under oath this morning. Republicans, do the right thing and stop the “party over principle” thing that has poisoned you over the last few years.

Does Kellyanne Conway have no shame!?

By: TDF Editorial

To say that yesterday was “interesting” would be an understatement. From the awkward Barr press conference prior to the release of the redacted Mueller report, to the bizarre Kellyanne Conway comment to the press where she said she and the administration would welcome “apologies”, and everything in between, it was a day that will be remembered for many reasons. At any rate, it was not a day that proved “total exoneration” for the president.

But let’s focus on Kellyanne.

Kellyanne Conway’s “fishing” for apologies is almost maddeningly ridiculous. The complete shamelessness from her shows how little she cares about her fellow Americans. Seriously, Kellyanne, Mueller named you personally for boosting Russian fake propaganda and retweeting IRA-controlled Twitter accounts! Not sure where to find this tidbit of information in the report? Well, check out pages 33 and 34. You’re welcome. Now apologize to your fellow Americans for doing that.

William Barr: Defense Attorney to President Trump

By: TDF Editorial Team

During his presser this morning, William Barr proved once and for all that he is a defense attorney for Trump and not the Attorney General.

Barr spent his time at the podium defending Trump’s obstruction-related actions by claiming that Trump’s presidential duties were being hindered by the investigation and that he was frustrated by all the scrutiny he was under. He brought up “No Collusion” five or so times, making it very obvious that he was playing to the only audience he cares about.

Barr blew off all of the possibilities that Trump did anything wrong, even though Mueller did not explicitly leave the decision on obstruction up to the attorney general. Now we are left to draw our own conclusions. The biggest conclusion we are able to come up with so far is that Barr is not working for the American people. He is working for Trump and Trump alone.

President Trump is in typical form prior to the release of Mueller’s report

By: TDF Staff

Donald Trump was up bright and early this morning tweeting ahead of the release of Robert Mueller’s report. If you think he’s being Presidential and nuanced, you are mistaken and must not know how he conducts himself on social media.

As you may or may not know, Attorney General William Barr has a scheduled press conference at 9:30 A.M. Eastern Time and the report is expected to be delivered to Capitol Hill between 11 A.M. and Noon Eastern, with it being posted online sometime after that.

Trump Administration seeks to deny bail for asylum-seekers

By: TDF Staff

Attorney General William Barr unveiled a new order last night that seeks to once again keep brown people behind bars. Barr’s order Tuesday night would reverse the policy of allowing asylum-seekers to request a bond hearing after they show that they have a legitimate, credible fear of returning to their country of origin. Under the current policy, asylum seekers can be released on bail instead of staying in jail for the much longer process of having their claim decided.

A.G. Barr now says that a migrant caught crossing the border between ports of entry, “after establishing a credible fear of persecution or torture, is ineligible for release on bond.” The order wouldn’t apply to people arriving at ports of entry, and while that is true, the Trump administration is slowing down the process at ports of entry, hindering the process.

The ACLU has already come out to say they will be challenging this order in court.