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Glenn Kirschner asks an excellent question

I think all Trump enablers in government should be asking themselves the following question: if I support, encourage or cover-up presidential crimes, can I be charged as an Accessory After the Fact once a law-abiding Attorney General takes over? See 18 USC section 3.


Whoever, knowing that an offense against the United States has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact.

Except as otherwise expressly provided by any Act of Congress, an accessory after the fact shall be imprisoned not more than one-half the maximum term of imprisonment or (notwithstanding section 3571) fined not more than one-half the maximum fine prescribed for the punishment of the principal, or both; or if the principal is punishable by life imprisonment or death, the accessory shall be imprisoned not more than 15 years.

Thank you, Mr. Johnston

It's (sadly) a little unusual to see such a positive and constructive response to feedback. Good on you, sir. The addition of more context and nuance to your closing thoughts is greatly appreciated. I think that your intent to prompt more careful reflection has been successful.

I also humbly admit that I missed the 'opinion' label at the top and stand corrected. Perhaps my mistake was in part because your opinion column is filled with more facts and well sourced information than many 'news' reports on the same topics.

Definitely looking forward to more of your columns in the future.

Beautiful in its simplicity.

No one can continue to claim that this is too complicated for the American public to understand.

More about NSC head counsel Eisenberg

For context, from this post: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212632837#post14

comes a link to this article:
The lawyer at the center of the Ukraine vortex
Meet John Eisenberg, the White House attorney whose actions are coming under scrutiny in Democrats’ impeachment probe.

Eisenberg is thought to be the one who ordered the Ukraine call transcript sent to the secure server. For that, his seat is about to get plenty hot.

Also disturbing is Repub line of questioning

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla:
"What the Republicans are trying to do very clearly in their questioning is try to front door or back door Lt. Col. Vindman into revealing who the whistleblower is, even though in his testimony he says he doesn't he didn't know," she said.

"They've been unsuccessful," she added.

Everyone with a conscience (sometimes a small group, I know, but still) should be loudly calling out and shaming them for this, over and over again.

edit to add a name

Ollie should have gone to jail for a very long time.

Instead, he barely received a slap on the wrist and walked away with his public reputation mostly intact. His convictions were reversed and he's toodled along over the years with numerous books, a radio show, and his own TV show. He managed to make a career out his criminality, twice.


I love, love this little bomblet Vindman dropped in his statement:

"I have a deep appreciation for American values and ideals and the power of freedom. I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend OUR country, irrespective of party or politics."

That is how you say what Alexander Vindman comes to say to the Congress on Tuesday. He makes sure to note one more thing in striking a blow against this threat to the republic he swore to preserve and protect.

"I sit here, as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, an immigrant." [emphasis mine]


Moving and inspirational-

What hope he shares here, and faith in our institutions. It's a beautiful message, closing with a quote from Barbara Jordan. It's a must read.

Plain talk, well delivered.

Denny Heck clearly and methodically covered all the necessary points using everyday language that is unlikely to be misunderstood.

It is foremost about whether we will be a nation built on the Rule of Law and not the whim of individuals who would abuse power.


*ding!* WINNER!

Why can't someone muzzle this idiot? How dare he tweet about an op while it is ongoing? I just can't even. Will someone in the media PLEASE nail him for not bothering to think about intelligence protocols and about the safety of his own troops? I long for the days when we had someone with enough sense to stay silent out of respect for the gravity of the situation, send out the appropriate representatives to give a proper statement to the press, and later step up to the microphone when the situation is stabilized to thank those responsible.

Instead of statesmanship and respect for the military trying to do their jobs, we have embarrassing little snotnosed Donny tweeting "I-know-something-you-don't-know!" to the entire world. *headdesk*

eta - sorry if I got a little het up, there.
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