Category Archives: Joe Biden

“Hypocracy” Directly from the “Reigning” Leader of the Free World

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Friday, October 25, 2019

With two month until Christmas, more than 50% of those polled are fed up with lies, misuse of the English language, gaffs in world and domestic affairs  . . . strategically, can we trust one to light this season’s Christmas tree or pardon a turkey or two before Thanksgiving.

The real “houx” is how his-nibs keeps spinning the news despite all the facts disproving most every thing that is tweeted and that which comes out of his mouth.

Our elected leaders rather should not act childlike and quit telling fibs.

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Fortunately, there is some joy and truth in the District of Columbia. The National League Pennant Winners are leading the annual World Series 2 games to nil.

Friday and Saturday nights, the Washington Nationals are hosting Game 3 and 4 of the World Series. President Trump was NOT invited to attend nor throw out a first pitch. Meanwhile, his-nibs flies to South Carolina for another pep rally.

All 50% of Americans or more want for Christmas is that Trump and Pence are impeached. Perhaps they will resign before a trial in the US Senate… we can only hope that a more honest politicialn will pardon the turkey in 2019.

 

Open Letter to the Trump-Pence Administration: Please Resign and Retain Some Measure of Dignity!!

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Nixon and Agnew resigned, thus a Republican-American precedent has been set and the bar has been lowered.

The White House is now worse than the singular drama of a Teapot Dome (1920s) or a Watergate (1970s).

From campaign finance, treason, violations of the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution, to other high crimes and misdemeanors, aside from ethics and international peace, here’s how the gun-loving D.J. Trump and homophobic Vice President Pence Administration have run afoul of the American law.

  1. Campaign Finance Violations

  2. Bribery

  3. Honest Services Fraud

  4. Extortion

  5. Witness Intimidation

  6. Obstructing Justice

  7. Conspiracy

1. CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATION

It’s a crime for an American to ask a foreigner for help winning a U.S. election.

The whistleblower warned Trump appeared to be doing exactly that, in what legal experts said looks like the strongest case that Trump may have broken the law in the Ukraine saga.

“There’s a strong argument that the president’s conduct violates federal campaign finance law, although I wouldn’t say it’s a slam-dunk case,” said Richard Hasen, a specialist on election law at the University of California Irvine.

A theoretical future prosecutor would need to demonstrate that Trump sought something of value for his reelection from Ukraine’s president, and that he knew the law says he shouldn’t.

In case you forgot: Trump’s inner circle, including his son Don Jr. and the top brass of his campaign, narrowly skated past this one during the Russian investigation, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that neither of those clauses could be fulfilled.

The whistleblower warned Trump appeared to be doing exactly that, in what legal experts said looks like the strongest case that Trump may have broken the law in the Ukraine saga.

Proving the monetary value of a Biden investigation would be tricky, but expert analysis could be used to show the value exceeds the $25,000 required for a felony, said Hasen, since overall spending in the 2020 election is expected to be in the billions.

And the fact that Trump’s inner circle was investigated by Mueller for this potential crime could be used as evidence that he should have known the rules.

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2. BRIBERY

Trump’s interaction with the Ukrainian president could potentially count as soliciting a bribe, former prosecutors said.

“The same law that makes it a crime to offer a bribe also makes it a crime to ask for one,” said Patrick Cotter, a former New York prosecutor who helped bring down the mobster John Gotti.

Bribery as defined by 18 USC 201 includes a public official seeking “anything of value” for influencing a public act.

“Trump has exposure for soliciting a bribe under Section 201,” wrote Harry Sandick, a former New York prosecutor, adding that bribery may be “the strongest of any of the proposed lines of charging.”

3. HONEST SERVICES FRAUD

Trump’s behavior toward Ukraine could count as honest services fraud, according to Barbara McQuade, Detroit’s former top federal prosecutor.

“The theory is that by performing an official act in exchange for personal gain, a public official defrauds his constituents of his honest services to make decisions and take actions that are in the best interests of the public,” McQuade wrote Wednesday on the Just Security blog.

Other legal experts agreed.

“I find McQuade’s argument convincing,” wrote Jens David Ohlin, vice dean of Cornell Law School, in response to an email from VICE News. “Though, as she notes, the Supreme Court has severely limited the doctrine. It would have been much easier to describe this as honest services fraud ten years ago before these Supreme Court rulings.”

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4. EXTORTION

There’s a fine line between bribery and extortion, from the law’s point of view.

The difference generally hinges on whether the person being asked for a payout is more like an accomplice, or more like a victim, Cotter said. If the person is being threatened, then it may be extortion, he said.

The whistleblower said Trump personally issued instructions to suspend almost $400 million worth of security aid to Ukraine, shortly before pressing Zelensky to “look into” Biden.

But the episode represents a close call, said Sandick, and the nitty-gritty details are crucial.

“It depends on whether Trump is seeking tangible, transferable property, like actual evidence of Biden’s crimes, or whether he is seeking something intangible (an ‘investigation’),” Sandick wrote. “Extortion has been interpreted narrowly to preclude a prosecution when the property sought is purely intangible and non-transferable.”

Extortion seems unlikely to apply to this case, given the language of the relevant federal statute, said Robert Eatinger, former acting general counsel for the CIA.

5. WITNESS INTIMIDATION

After the whistleblower’s complaint emerged, Trump called the source “almost a spy,” before apparently making a dark allusion to capital punishment for treason.

“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now,” Trump said.

Afterwards, top House Democrats accused Trump of witness intimidation and of obstructing their impeachment inquiry.

“The President’s comments today constitute reprehensible witness intimidation and an attempt to obstruct Congress’ impeachment inquiry,” they wrote in a joint letter on Thursday.

But Trump has argued in the past that some of his most incendiary public comments were really just jokes, and he could do so here as well, said Sandick.

“I think that Trump would argue that he was being colorful and not actually threatening to kill the whistleblower,” Sandick said. “I wouldn’t charge it based on what we know now.”

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6. OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

The whistleblower wrote that after Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, the White House went into “lock down.”

At the advice of White House lawyers, officials took the unorthodox step of moving records of the call into a separate system for protecting highly classified documents.

“That was very unusual,” said Larry Pfeiffer, whose career in intelligence included serving as White House Situation Room director in the Obama administration.

“The White House staff is walking on perilous ground here,” said Duncan Levin, a former New York prosecutor. “That could be a violation of obstruction of justice.”

It remains unclear who made the decision. And any theoretical obstruction charge would depend on important details, including the corrupt intent to obstruct and the existence of a pending investigation or legal proceeding.

“Obstruction is one of the harder cases to bring,” said Rocah. “You’d have to show they were covering it up not just because it looks bad, but because Congress or the DOJ was going to be looking into it.”

Yet this would hardly be the first time Trump’s been accused of obstructing justice. Mueller’s report outlined multiple instances of obstructive behavior, in evidence so damning that over 1,000 former prosecutors signed a joint letter stating that anyone else would have been charged.

The president can’t be indicted while in office, according to DOJ policy, and Mueller said that meant he couldn’t reach a final decision on whether Trump committed obstruction.

7. CONSPIRACY

Reaching an agreement with others to commit any of these other crimes would set up the possibility of a conspiracy charge.

“A conspiracy is just folks getting together to commit a crime,” said Cotter. “You could potentially have conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice or conspiracy to solicit a bribe.”

A conspiracy charge requires not just an agreement, however, but also at least one overt act.

That’s not easy to prove. Mueller, for example, evaluated whether to bring conspiracy charges against members of the Trump campaign for participating in Russia’s election interference activities, but ultimately decided the evidence was insufficient to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

“There’s a strong argument that the president’s conduct violates federal campaign finance law, although I wouldn’t say it’s a slam-dunk case,” said Richard Hasen, a specialist on election law at the University of California Irvine.

A theoretical future prosecutor would need to demonstrate that Trump sought something of value for his reelection from Ukraine’s president, and that he knew the law says he shouldn’t.

In case you forgot: Trump’s inner circle, including his son Don Jr. and the top brass of his campaign, narrowly skated past this one during the Russian investigation, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that neither of those clauses could be fulfilled

Proving the monetary value of a Biden investigation would be tricky, but expert analysis could be used to show the value exceeds the $25,000 required for a felony, said Hasen, since overall spending in the 2020 election is expected to be in the billions.

And the fact that Trump’s inner circle was investigated by Mueller for this potential crime could be used as evidence that he should have known the rules.

Even Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks the evidence looks strong against Trump on this one.

“Trump apparently personally and directly committed the crime for which he claimed Mueller exonerated him,” Napolitano concluded.

The Department of Justice, however, said that after reviewing the record of Trump’s Ukraine phone call, it found “there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted.”

That decision has been criticized by legal experts.

Read: Trump’s Ukraine Scandal Is Also Attorney General Bill Barr’s Scandal

“It doesn’t sound like they interviewed the whistleblower or anybody involved,” said Nick Akerman, a former member of the Nixon-era Whitewater prosecution team. “They didn’t really do a criminal investigation. The whole thing was just put under the rug.”

Thanks to Greg Walters of The Week for this reporting.

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Indeed, the mere fact that there is so much corruption prevents any single episode … but it is the totality that matters. A corrupt ‘miasma’ has enveloped Washington. For generations, both parties upheld that the government would abide rules, laws, and norms dividing from all presidents’ personal and political interests.

The norm of bureaucratic professionalism and fairness is a pillar of the political legitimacy and economic strength of the American system, the thing that separates countries like the U.S. from countries like Russia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and China The decay of American culture is difficult to quantify since 2017, but the signs are everywhere. ‘Trump’s stench’ is slowly seeping into every corner of government.

To be sure intimidating a novice foreign leader and threaten to weaken Ukraine’s national defenses, dovetails neatly with Trump’s pro-Russian stance. Fact: The N.Y. Post reports that Trump is using the aid, which enjoys bipartisan support, as an extortion device.

By conscripting foreign countries to rough up U. S. citizens and domestic political rivals, Trump has been fracking new ground.

During the ’16 presidential campaign, Trump denied concerns about the unprecedented conflicts of interest that would arise from him running a business – at the same time he wields enormous international power. Republicans in Congress have behaved with no concern whatsoever about Trump’s corruption, refusing to take even modest steps like compelling the release of his tax returns, which he had three years ago promised to reveal.

“… Corrupt the Entire Government”

By Jonathan Chait -From the New Yorker Magazine – 9-9-2019

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The following by David A. F. N. Dailey – The Sun Chronicles – September 23, 2019

 

As my Mom would say, “This president is killing me.”

 

It is worse than University of Notre Dame Band getting beat up by the #3 University of Georgia football team. Both behaviors are criminal. They say the POTUS cannot be indicted for criminal acts.

 

Ivanka Trump‘s father is more interested in a good photo opportunity than protecting my family and friends from death. I am comforted that we presently do not have any young adults serving in the military under DJ Trump’s command.

 

I wish Ivanka Trump and family would do an intervention and get their father to resign; even Nixon and VP Spiro Agnew were able to resign with some dignity.

 

U. S. Gun Policy [with Justice Stevens op-ed, written ’18] included with The Dailey Sun~Chronicles Volume VII, Issue 31, Fall 2018

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via U. S. Gun Policy [with Justice Stevens op-ed, written ’18] included with The Dailey Sun~Chronicles Volume VII, Issue 31, Fall 2018

Addendum:

August 2019

If the President did the right thing:

  1. He would have apologized for his racist language
  2.  He would have called Congress (today) for a special session on Gun Controls and Impeachment proceedings
  3. Trump would stop lying

Just a Thought: A Reflection on Republican History – Avoiding a Constitutional Crisis, Preserving the Republic, and Fostering World Peace

Could the Republican Party do the U.S. and the world a favor?

May we take a lesson from history?

It was done during the 1970’s.

In the name of the party of Abraham Lincoln and by the grace of God, can it happen again?

(1) The Speaker of the House of Representatives changed prior to the mid-term election of 1974, with a presidential election looming in 1976.

(2) The dishonorable Vice President (Spiro Agnew / like Mike Pence) was replaced.

(3) The sitting President (RMN) resigned with some dignity and many accomplishments.

(4) The Vice President (Gerald Ford) seamlessly assumed the Presidency.

(5) A respectable Vice President (former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller) was selected.

(6) The U. S. House of Representatives democratically elected a new Speaker of the House (who follows the VP as next in-line to succeed the President of the United States of America (POTUS)).

Given the Trade War, military conflicts, resignation of today’s Speaker, and recent alliance of Russia – China – Syria, perhaps Americans should pursue the best options.

So help US God.

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Joe Biden for President

Draft Joe to be the U.S.’s 45th President.

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Write the Democratic National Committeepersons (130+) demo leaders and your Democratic Party representatives presently serving in the Senate or House.

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“Cancer Politics” — Arriving at a Cure; The Irony is Killing Me

Vice President Joe Biden and his father have identified four kinds of American politics:

  • Labor Politics
  • Religious Politics
  • Regular Politics
  • Cancer Politics

In a concerted effort to get everyone involved and cooperating on-the-same-page, the Vice President [and I wish Joe would become our 45th President] has coined a “Moon Shots Program” for the Cancer Community.

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Legendary Basketball Coach Jimmy Valvano

This Cancer Community appears to be operating in its own individualist self-interest. If only researchers, doctors/oncologists, colleges and foundations, patients and their codependents and helpers, philanthropists, and others would work together to find cures for many types of cancer, we Americans who suffer – and the human race – would be better off.

Joe is not far off by comparing the American effort during the 1960s to a current emphasis on cancer solutions and prevention for our current decade, which has only four years remaining.

The urgency is now to get egos and financial incentives directed toward non-selfish results . . . and hurry before my best friend dies!

As national champion Coach Jimmy Valvano said weeks before his death, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!”

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