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Posted on 11/08/2019 12:38:00 PM PST by pilgrim
The Anonymous Coup
Impeachment, we are reminded by our betters, is a political process, not a criminal trial.
The president does not need to be accused of violating a specific law; evidence is whatever the House of Representatives wants it to be. The credibility of any witness, especially one wearing the uniform of the United States military, cannot be questioned. Ditto for the motives of any witness. Hearsay is Exhibit A; New York Times articles, Exhibit B.
But what truly animates the current impeachment crusade is the same ploy thats been used against Donald Trump since 2016a drumbeat of attacks from nameless, faceless partisans tasked with destroying Trump first as a candidate, now as the president. Anonymity gives cover to their political agenda under the guise of courage and speaking truth to power. Democratic lawmakers, the news media, and NeverTrump Republicansunable to make a compelling case for Trumps removal aside from Orange Man Badwield the incognito heroes charges as incontestable fact.
It is, for the most part, an anonymous coup.
The so-called whistleblower is just the latest mystery man to make damning accusations about Trumps alleged malfeasance. After reports leaked about the whistleblowers detailed report claiming the president threatened to withhold federal aid from Ukraine unless the countrys new president investigated the Bidensan attempt to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election, he warned in the nine-page complaintthere were widespread calls for the patriots immediate testimony.
Were in touch with counsel and look forward to the whistleblowers testimony as soon as this week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted on September 24. Several days later, Schiff disclosed that he was negotiating the terms of the whistleblowers testimony before his committee.
But after the White House released a transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the credibility of the whistleblower began to shred. News reports revealed that a Schiff staffer met with the unnamed accuser before he filed the official complaint in mid-August; contact Schiff initially denied. Trump and congressional Republicans started raising more questions about the author of the complaint and the suspect timeline of events.
Suddenly, the whistleblowers testimony became unnecessary. Insisting that the calls transcript proved that the whistleblower accusations were accurate, Schiff lost interest. Further, Schiff warned, the president and his supporters had placed the whistleblowers life in danger. The media quickly took its cue and now refuses to name the whistleblower, even though journalist Paul Sperry last week confirmed his identity as Eric Ciaramella, a partisan operative with ties to former CIA Director John Brennan and former Vice President Joe Biden.
For more than three years, anonymous accounts of wrongdoing by Trump and his associates have been weaponized by the same news media now desperate to conceal the identity of the latest covert agent working to oust Trump. (The attorney for the whistleblower declared in January 2017, the coup has started.)
A roster of Trump-loathing operatives, protected by journalists as officials speaking on the condition of anonymity, have revealed classified information intended to get Team Trump and have made false allegations with impunity.
It began with unproven accusations compiled in a dossier authored by a former British intelligence officer that suggested the Trump campaign was in cahoots with the Kremlin to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Unnamed U.S. intelligence officials, according to the first collusion bombshell written by Yahoo News Michael Isikoff on September 23, 2016, were looking at nefarious ties between Trump campaign aide Carter Page and Russia. Citing a Western intelligence source, Isikoff furnished specific details about Pages alleged contacts with Putin associates. While Isikoff had no qualms reporting every little dossier-sourced detail about Carter Page, including what he later discovered to be untrue, Isikoff generously covered for his politically-motivated informants and refused to name names.
One week before Election Day, David Corn of Mother Jones juiced the Trump-Russia collusion tale with an article describing how a veteran spy had damning information about a plot between the Trump campaign and Russia to steal the election from Hlilary Clinton. The former Western intelligence officer, Corn reported, was working with the FBI. The agency expressed shock and horror upon reviewing the spys report and other memos.
When pressed by Corn (who knew the identity of the spy because he interviewed him personally), more unnamed bureaucrats vouched for his credibility. [H]e has been a credible source with a proven record of providing reliable, sensitive, and important information to the US government, according to a senior U.S. government official.
What the public later learned is that the Western intelligence officer, was Christopher Steele, a London-based consultant who had been hired by an opposition research shop in Washington D.C. to dig up dirt on the Trump campaign; Steeles benefactors were the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The reports and memos were not legitimate intelligence or anything of the sortit was campaign propaganda aimed to smear Team Trump. (Steeles identity was concealed by the media until mid-January 2017.)
But the anonymous attacks didnt stop after Election Day. The Washington Post published several articles planted by unnamed Obama holdovers in powerful government agencies to sabotage Trumps presidency in its infancy. On January 12, 2017, Post reporter David Ignatius, working with a senior U.S. government official, revealed information about former National Security Advisor Mike Flynns classified phone conversations with the Russian ambassador.
The following month, the Post accused Flynn of discussing sanctions with the ambassador during the calls according to nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls, [and] spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. After days of brutal news coverage, Flynn resigned on February 14, 2017.
But the Post wasnt done. In April 2017, the Post revealed that the FBI had a FISA warrant on Carter Page. The officials spoke about the court order on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of a counterintelligence probe, Devlin Barrett, Ellen Nakashima, and Adam Entous reported. That bombshell, according to the reporters, offered the clearest evidence yet that Jim Comeys FBI was justified in investigating the Trump campaign.
What the reporters fail to note, time and again, is that discussing classified government information, such as intercepted phone calls between White House advisors and foreign officials or the existence of a FISA warrant, is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
There are too many more examples to list herethe ones mentioned are just the most egregious.
And there is more to come. A Warning, a new book authored by an anonymous senior official, is expected to be published in a few weeks. Its the same unknown administrative insider who penned a lengthy September 2018 op-ed for the New York Times harshly criticizing the president and extolling the virtues of bureaucrats within the administration working to stop him. The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us, the nameless snitch warned. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
The title already is a bestseller and it wont be available until November 19.
History is littered with bloodless coup attempts. But in the Trump era, enemy combatants not only are spared bloodshed, they dont even have to give their names. Thats not courage or speaking truth to powerits calculated cowardice that would be out-of-bounds in any criminal trial, job setting, or personal relationship. Impeachment rules aside, most Americans will, and should, view this as patently unfair and a legitimate danger to our system of government now and in the future.
“The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court...
“The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution....
“....In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”
There has to be blowback against this. The Democrats have no moral authority to do this.
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
It’s my view that an offense punishable by law is required for non-judicial impeachment.
“The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour”
Judges can be impeached for putting their elbows on a table.
I must be wrong, but it sounds like an attempted coup is a form of treason and should be prosecuted.
At this point the scumbags in the house want to officially label him with impeachment so the scumbag media’s narrative at nausium when ever they mention his name will be
“the impeached president Donald Trump” right up to the election I cannot tell you how sickened I am by these criminal bastards
This Civility they speak of is simply anesthesia for performing the amputation of our Liberties with minimal fuss.
What I don’t comprehend is the utter lack of scalps taken.
Are the coup plotters so comprehensively protected that they are untouchable? Surely there has to be something somewhere that could stick?
Firing people is one thing, criminal convictions quite another. I REALLY want to see some convictions.
Why arent the republicans playing the same game? A leaker has to name the whistleblower who will be totally unknown to the rats. Control the false narrative exactly like the dems. If a lie can convict, a lie can acquit.
I’m waiting for one of are representatives to read a Q post into the record as a rebuttal to Shiffties shenanigans. They seem to be cool with anonymity.
To get there, they have to make the common uncommon; they have to turn the normal quid pro quo of foreign aid policy into criminal bribery.
Are the coup plotters so comprehensively protected that they are untouchable?
Yes they are.
They were doing the bidding of an ineligible usurper that BOTH parties assisted to violate the Constitution.
That’s why the truth will never be revealed.
Mr President, please protect us from all enemies, both foreign or DOMESTIC.
It's sedition, not treason.
Sedition, Treason - whatever - They all should hang.
. . . and of course there long since would have been . . . but for the fact that the media and the Democrats are joined at the hip.
It is clear to me, now after all these years, that the 1964 New York Times Co. v. Sullivan Warren Court decision is near to being the crux of the problem. And the good news is that we no longer are ruled by the Warren Court.
In Sullivan, Justice William Brennan wrote for a unanimous majority that that the first amendment required changes in the traditional right to compensation for libel. But Antonin Scalia identified a gaping hole in that seemingly impeccable logic.In reality, the Bill of Rights was must-pass legislation; the permanence of the ratification of the Constitution was contingent on the Federalists coming through with a bill of rights which satisfied the Antifederalists who had nearly prevailed against ratification in some states. Consequently the Bill of Rights, by design, broke no new ground and simply codified the rights which were agreed already existed. Most mundane rights were not enumerated, but are covered in the Ninth (and also the Tenth) Amendments. If such rights were taken to a Federal court, the recourse would not be to the language of the Constitution but to the common law where those rights had always resided.The bottom line is that it is fatuous to claim that the First Amendment requires a change in traditional rights - the intent of the Bill of Rights was exactly to the contrary - and the Warren Court erred in saying otherwise in Sullivan
The Enumerated rights are only those which historically had been denied by tyrants aggrandizing their own power. That is seen obviously in the expression the right of the people to keep and bear arms. All agreed that the right existed, but the Second Amendment doesnt fill in the blanks and you have to look at history and precedent to judge such a case.
And, as Scalia noted, the expression the freedom . . . of the press does not create or modify freedom of the press, but rather it stipulated that freedom of the press as it already existed could not be changed under the Constitution. The language of the Bill of Rights doesnt want Antifederalists to think that rights will be improved - it wants Antifederalists to be satisfied that no rights will be changed.Scalia argued his view on textualism was the ultimate defense of the First Amendment. In March 2012, an Associated Press report said he told an audience at Wesleyan University that the Courts early justices would be astonished that the notion of the Constitution changes to mean whatever each successive generation would like it to mean. In fact, it would be not much use to have a First Amendment, for example, if the freedom of speech included only what some future generation wanted it to include. That would guarantee nothing at all.Look at the expression, "Scalia said the landmark ruling meant you can libel public figures without liability so long as you are relying on some statement from a reliable source, whether its true or not. Think: exactly who is a reliable source? In 1964 SCOTUS was able to smoke that by people who had (like I) been raised to believe the news. That consensus began to erode during the Vietnam War, and I was off the reservation by the middle of the Carter Administration. By now, the news as a reliable source is a distant memory. Fake News has killed it.
That opinion didnt prevent Scalia from harsh criticism of what is widely viewed as one of the essential court rulings protecting free speech and a free press the 1964 decision in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan.
At the Newseum in the Aspen Institute 2011 Washington Ideas Forum, Scalia said the landmark ruling meant you can libel public figures without liability so long as you are relying on some statement from a reliable source, whether its true or not.
Now the old libel law used to be (that) youre responsible, you say something false that harms somebodys reputation, we dont care if it was told to you by nine bishops, you are liable, Scalia said. New York Times v. Sullivan just cast that aside because the Court thought in modern society, itd be a good idea if the press could say a lot of stuff about public figures without having to worry. And that may be correct, that may be right, but if it was right it should have been adopted by the people. It should have been debated in the New York Legislature and the New York Legislature could have said, Yes, were going to change our libel law.
But in Times v. Sullivan, Scalia said the Supreme Court, under Justice Earl Warren, simply decided, Yes, it used to be that George Washington could sue somebody that libeled him, but we dont think thats a good idea anymore.
As a matter of law, the government has no business putting its imprimatur on any truth not derived from an adversary process in court. Also as a matter of law, the wire services have violated the Sherman Antitrust Act since 1890 - and since economizing on expensive telegraphy bandwidth is an anachronistic mission, no wire service is too big to fail. The wire services should be sued into oblivion.
And, Sullivan notwithstanding, all news organizations which have libeled Republicans (no news organization would ever libel a liberal) should be sued for very heavy damages.
“There has to be blowback against this. The Democrats have no moral authority to do this.”
Agreed. It’s time to just say NO. This is another Kavanaugh tactic. Just keep piling it on. When this implodes on them, what then? They are running out of options.
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