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"Many of us do think the president is unfit for office, but unless that’s a bipartisan conclusion, an impeachment would be doomed to failure."

"I continue to think that a failed impeachment is not in the national interest, and so we’ll see what’s been redacted from this report. We’ll continue to do our own work."Said Adam Schiff, quoted in "Democrats Draw Closer to a Dicey Question: Whether to Impeach Trump" (NYT).Still, Ms. Pelosi and her allies also run risks in not moving toward impeachment. Voices on the Democrats’ left flank appear to have been emboldened by Mr. Mueller’s report, and will remind party leaders that letting Mr. Trum...
Tags: Law, Trump, Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Trump troubles

"A must read, Andy McCarthy’s column today, 'Dirty dealings of dirt devils who concocted Trump-Russia probe.' The greatest Scam in political history."

"If the Mainstream Media were honest, which they are not, this story would be bigger and more important than Watergate. Someday!"Tweets Trump this morning.He doesn't give a link, and googling "Dirty dealings of dirt devils who concocted Trump-Russia probe" only gets me back to Trump. It is a screwy headline. Dirt devils?!I think the article in question — the column by McCarthy that went up last night in the NY Post — is "Behind the Obama administration’s shady plan to spy on the Trump campaign."...
Tags: Law, Obama, Mccarthy, Mainstream Media, Trump, Ny Post, Andrew Mccarthy, Barr, Andy McCarthy, Ann Althouse, the stop-Trump effort, Trump Russia, Trump troubles

"The baffling thing was why they were baffled. Barr's statement was accurate and supported by publicly known facts...."

"It is a fact that in October 2016 the FBI wiretapped Carter Page, who had earlier been a short-term foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. The bureau's application to a secret court for that wiretapping is public. It is heavily redacted but is clearly focused on Page and 'the Russian government's attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.' Page was wiretapped because of his connection with the Trump campaign. Some critics have noted that the wiretap authorization came afte...
Tags: Law, Washington, Fbi, Page, Trump, Barr, Byron York, Ann Althouse, Carter Page, Trump troubles, William Barr, Stefan Halper

Chuck Schumer in January 2017 — "prescient and important (and creepy)."

This turned out to be one of the most prescient and important (and creepy) statements of the Trump presidency: from Chuck Schumer to Rachel Maddow - in early January, 2017, before Trump was even inaugurated: — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 8, 2019 Maddow asks Schumer to respond to a Trump tweet that says, "The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!"Schumer leans i...
Tags: Rachel Maddow, Law, Intelligence, Glenn Greenwald, Cia, Trump, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Maddow, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"Well, I don't know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected that there was more than there actually was."

Said John Brennan, who once led the CIA, quoted at "$25 Million Later, 3 Pundits Kind-of-Sort-of Change Their Minds on Collusion/Shockingly, most people are sticking to their guns" (Reason).Doesn't it seem wrong that the former director of the CIA is now a "pundit"? And why wasn't he a better pundit? He's just... people gave me information and I was kinda confused by it. But at least he's not digging in, like the rest of the embarrassed clowns.Who are the other 2 pundits? Jeffrey Toobin ("Certai...
Tags: Law, Cia, John Brennan, Trump, Joe Scarborough, Jeffrey Toobin, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, taking responsibility for the Russia hoax

"The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE."

"For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion. They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!"Trump's morning tweet, 19 minutes ago.ALSO: From last night:WSJ: Obama Admin Must Account for ‘Abuse of Surveillance Powers’ via @BreitbartNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Obama, Journalism, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Fake News, Trump troubles, Obama and the Russia hoax, Real Opposition Party Trump

I'm avoiding reading the many pundits who seem to be straining to resist the reality of the Mueller report.

I read. I don't watch the news on TV. But if I wanted to laugh at these people in their ludicrous scrambling for dignity and a way to keep hating on Trump, I'd watch it on TV. I'd do what you can see Scott Adams doing in this video, watch them on TV and laugh at them. Look at their faces! They're so unhappy! But — maybe a bit like Trump himself, with his cheerful simple tweets this morning — I don't want to get bogged down in their dismal, entropic experience. It's too time-consuming. I watched ...
Tags: TV, Law, Journalism, Cnn, Language, Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Msnbc, Trump, Scott Adams, Mueller, CIA FBI, Barr, Greenwald, Paul Farhi

"Stories have been coming out for some time now hinting Mueller’s final report might leave audiences 'disappointed,' as if a President not being a foreign spy could somehow be bad news."

"Openly using such language has, all along, been an indictment. Imagine how tone-deaf you’d have to be to not realize it makes you look bad, when news does not match audience expectations you raised.... The story hyped from the start was espionage: a secret relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian spooks who’d helped him win the election.... It was literal spying, treason, and election-fixing – crimes so severe, former NSA employee John Schindler told reporters, Trump 'will die in jai...
Tags: Law, Nsa, Journalism, Cnn, Matt Taibbi, Cia, Trump, Mueller, Ann Althouse, John Schindler, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump troubles

"In Clinton v Jones, the United States Supreme Court held that separation of powers concerns did not preclude a federal lawsuit against a sitting President of the United States..."

"... based on unofficial acts allegedly committed by him before he assumed office. The Court expressly cautioned in that decision that different concerns, including the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, might influence the result if such a case were brought against the President in state court. However, the Court did not rule that such a suit could or could not proceed. This matter gives us an opportunity to squarely address the question.... [S]ubjecting the President to a stat...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, Court, United States, Bill Clinton, Ny, Separation of Powers, Jones, Clinton, Donald J Trump, McCulloch, Executive Power, Ann Althouse, Federalism, Trump troubles

"Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted... that 'the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information'..."

"... [Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe] alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page's closed-door testimony..... 'So let me if I can, I know I’m testing your memory,' Ratcliffe began as he questioned Page under oath, according to a transcript excerpt he posted on Twitter. 'But when you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re t...
Tags: Texas, Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Department, House Judiciary Committee, Obama Justice Department, Ratcliffe, Ann Althouse, Hillary's in trouble, Trump rhetoric, Obama DOJ, Trump troubles

The NYT "Daily" podcast traps Jerry Nadler into an implicit confession that his investigation into Trump is biased and political.

I'm listening to today's episode of the NYT "Daily" podcast, which is the 3rd part in a series about what to expect from the Mueller report. It's an interview with Representative Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating President Trump and where an effort to impeach Trump would begin.The NYT interviewer is the host of the "Daily" podcast, Michael Barbaro, and, at about 8 minutes into the conversation, he traps Nadler with this stunning question: "You sa...
Tags: Law, Michael Barbaro, Nyt, Trump, Don, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Barbaro, Judiciary Committee, Ann Althouse, Nadler, Impeachment, Trump troubles, Jerry Nadler, Trump's new Congress

"The best argument for impeachment is, ironically, the case for national unity. Americans ought to be able to agree..."

"... that, while all opinions are open to debate, some behavior really is out of bounds. An impeachment trial can’t be won? Well, the Republican Party may be obedient now, but there is just enough Never Trumping among those who were once the staunchest of conservatives to make it clear that the difference between constitutional conservatism and thuggishness is real and can be argued for, and maybe even partly won.... Pragmatism is not a way of negating principle but, rather, the realist’s way of...
Tags: Law, Republican Party, Adam Gopnik, Ann Althouse, Pragmatism, Impeachment, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump troubles, Democratic Party in Trumpland, what Trump did to the GOP

Trump is right where he wants to be at this time point in his narrative arc.

(Just a hypothesis, but think about the long view leading up to the election and Trump's awareness of himself as theater.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Drudge, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump troubles

Axelrod isn't quite saying it's a witch hunt, but it too easily plays into the "witch-hunt" meme.

Maybe I’m missing something, but the hazard of an omnibus document demand by House judiciary versus discreet, serial ones is that, however legitimate the areas of inquiry, the wide-ranging nature of it is too easily plays into the “witch-hunt” meme.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 4, 2019 It's hard to think what anything really is or isn't anymore. It feels much better/smarter/safer to speak about whether things fit into memes. Or really not even that. It's more a matter of whether someth...
Tags: Law, House, Axelrod, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Trump's new Congress

"Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote a 'love letter to Trump' manuscript for a new book that he was pushing."

"Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue. Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which now is a lie! Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen’s new book, given to publishers a short time ago. Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!"Donald Trump on Twitter, just now, here and here. [Author: norepl...
Tags: Law, Congress, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Helsinki, Trump, Michael Cohen, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"Democrats, GOP find rare unity on Cohen: They see a liar who proves their point"/"Mr. Cohen’s testimony may push each party further into its corner...."

The Washington Post and The New York Times have the same takeaway. Here's how it looks on the front page (just under the news that Trump's Vietnam visit with Kim Jong-Un ended early). WaPo:NYT:Click image to clarify and enlarge.I'm interested in the similarities and differences between these presentations, but the headlines I put in the post title are especially similar and sum up yesterday's drama in a way that appeals to me, as one of the Americans who have distanced ourselves from the day-to-...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, The New York Times, Vietnam, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Kim Jong, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Trump's new Congress

"I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience."

"I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat. He was a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails."From the PDF of Michael Cohen's opening statement to the House Oversight Committee.You can watch the action live here. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Shame, Trump, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, Democratic National Committee, House Oversight Committee, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Trump troubles

"The [Mueller] report is unlikely to be a dictionary-thick tome, which will disappoint some observers. But such brevity is not necessarily good news for the president."

"In fact, quite the opposite," writes Neal K. Katyal (who was Obama's acting solicitor) in the NYT.A concise Mueller report might act as a “road map” to investigation for the Democratic House of Representatives — and it might also lead to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors. A short Mueller report would mark the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end.The report is unlikely to be lengthy by design: The special counsel regulations, which I had the privilege of drafting ...
Tags: New York, Law, Obama, Russia, House Of Representatives, Trump, Mueller, Barr, Trump Foundation, Ann Althouse, Neal K Katyal, Trump troubles

"I just want to remind you that that mildly nauseous feeling you have is because for the last two years, Donald Trump has been spinning you in a tumble-dryer full of turd."

That is the level of joke told on a network late-night talk show and selected by the NYT for its "Best of Late Night" summary.I guess the network taste level is you have to say "turd" for "shit." Personally, I think "turd" is a nastier word. "Shit" is crisper, jauntier. "Turd" has that ugly "urd" sound that we find in "murder," "burden," and "absurd." And "turd," unlike "shit," calls attention to the shape of particular lumps of excrement (which makes it the less apt word for what's going on in ...
Tags: Law, Putin, Stephen Colbert, Russia, America, Language, Nyt, Colbert, The Colbert Report, Jack, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Normal, Ann Althouse, Dirty Words

Did you watch that McCabe thing on "60 Minutes"?

I did.  I watched it very closely. With some meticulous rewinding and analysis (where McCabe declared Trump "disgusting" and it was hard to understand exactly why (Trump, campaigning, had weaponized a factoid from the Wall Street Journal)).I thought the "60 Minutes" presentation followed a clever narrative arc, with a beginning that allowed McCabe to inflate himself, a middle that brought in his wife and complicated the story, and an ending that gave us so much reason to doubt his credibility th...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Clinton, 60 Minutes, Trump, Andrew, McAuliffe, Terry McAuliffe, Jill, McCabe, Scott Pelley, Ann Althouse

"PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!"

Trump, this morning, on Twitter:So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment........The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do t...
Tags: Law, Obama, White House, Virginia, Trump, Adam Schiff, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump troubles, Trump's new Congress, Gov. Northam, Great State of Virginia

"[Roger] Stone, a self-described dirty trickster who began his career as a campaign aide for Richard M. Nixon and has a tattoo of Nixon on his back..."

"... has long maintained that he had no connection to Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. He sometimes seemed to taunt American law enforcement agencies, daring them to find hard evidence to link him to the Russian meddling campaign. His brash behavior made him less of a subject of news media scrutiny than other current and former aides to President Trump — like the character in a whodunit who readers immediately dismiss as too obvious to have committed the crime. But th...
Tags: Law, Politico, Russia, Gop, Bill Clinton, Tattoos, Bill, Donald Trump, New Yorker, Committee, Trump, Donald, Nixon, Jeffrey Toobin, Roger Stone, Clintons

"Former FBI top lawyer James Baker just admitted involvement in FISA Warrant and further admitted there were IRREGULARITIES in the way the Russia probe was handled."

"They relied heavily on the unverified Trump 'Dossier' paid for by the DNC & Clinton Campaign, & funded through a big Crooked Hillary law firm, represented by her lawyer Michael Sussmann (do you believe this?) who worked Baker hard & gave him Oppo Research for 'a Russia probe.' This meeting, now exposed, is the subject of Senate inquiries and much more. An Unconstitutional Hoax."Trump tweets this morning — here and here.Here's the news as reported by Fox, "Former top FBI lawyer personally involv...
Tags: Law, Senate, Russia, Fbi, Hillary, Baker, Trump, James Baker, Oppo Research, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, The Dossier, DNC Clinton Campaign, Michael Sussmann, Fox Former

"BuzzFeed's report... as written, was as clean as it gets: Trump directed Cohen to lie about the Trump Tower in Moscow project, and there’s tons of evidence to support that."

"Very rarely has a story been so unequivocal — usually there are more hedges and acknowledgments of what isn't known. And unlike most other reportage in this saga, this accused the president of a felony — a very different bar. Democrats read the story and began immediately dreaming up articles of impeachment. Even some conservatives joined the 'If true' chorus...."Writes Axios in "A reckoning for political journalism" (also reporting that BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith is standing by his sto...
Tags: Law, Buzzfeed, Journalism, Moscow, Ben Smith, Trump, Cohen, Trump Tower, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Fake News, Axios, Trump troubles

"They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation" is a great line.

The rank and file of the FBI are great people who are disgusted with what they are learning about Lyin’ James Comey and the so-called “leaders” of the FBI. Twelve have been fired or forced to leave. They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Fbi, James Comey, 2016 Campaign, Donald J Trump, Comey, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"What if there were no collusion or conspiracy but simple cognitive bias on both sides, where the actions of one seemed to confirm precisely the suspicions of the other?"

Asks Jonathan Turley (at The Hill).There are now two possibilities. The first of those is that Trump really was some “manchurian candidate” placed in the Oval Office by Russia and controlled from afar by Vladimir Putin. Many are unlikely to ever accept any other possibility, though the New York Times story does not suggest that this counterintelligence operation found any basis for the original allegation....Now to the more intriguing theory that is more consistent with known facts.... Trump sta...
Tags: Law, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Fbi, New York Times, Conspiracies, Clinton, Trump, Oval Office, Jonathan Turley, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Deep State, The Dossier, Rick Turley

"The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me...."

I just watched a Fake reporter from the Amazon Washington Post say the White House is “chaotic, there does not seem to be a strategy for this Shutdown. There is no plan.” The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me, and...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019 MEANWHILE: There is only one right answer to the incredible question: Are you a foreign asset? And it doesn’t take 2 minutes to explain...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, Campbell, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Josh Campbell, Trump rhetoric, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump troubles, Amazon Washington Post, Trump's shutdown

"In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious..."

"... in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals.... That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values... With respect to Western ideals and who it is and what it is we stand for as Americans, Russia poses the most dangerous threat to that way of life."Said Lisa Page, in private testimony to a joint House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, quoted in "F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly ...
Tags: Law, Putin, Russia, America, Journalism, Fbi, Nyt, Times, Russian Federation, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Lisa Page, House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, Said Lisa Page

I didn't do it, but anyway, it's no big deal and Obama did it too.

Many people currently a part of my opposition, including President Obama & the Dems, have had campaign violations, in some cases for very large sums of money. These are civil cases. They paid a fine & settled. While no big deal, I did not commit a campaign violation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Obama, Campaign Finance, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"Letitia James, a Democrat, has made no secret that she intends to use her powers as New York’s attorney general to pursue possible legal action against President Trump."

"She calls him an 'illegitimate president.' She says her decision to run for attorney general was largely 'about that man in the White House who can’t go a day without threatening our fundamental rights.'... Her strident attacks on the president could potentially threaten the legal standing of cases that her office brings against Mr. Trump, his family members or their business interests, legal experts said.... In an interview, Ms. James defended her remarks about the president, adding that she b...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, New York City, James, Trump, Letitia James, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Prosecutorial Ethics, Trump troubles, Ms James