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Right-Wingers Supporting Impeaching Former Presidents Until They Didn't

https://www.newsandguts.com/right-wingers-supporting-impeaching-former-presidents-until-they-didnt/

Journalism 3 mins ago
Right-Wingers Supporting Impeaching Former Presidents Until They Didn’t
By News & Guts


Fox News hosts are twisting themselves into a pretzel to downplay and discredit the Senate impeachment trial. On Tuesday night’s show, Tucker Carlson questioned it saying:

“At this point, honestly, who cares? Impeachment? The whole thing is ridiculous. They are literally impeaching a president who isn’t even the president anymore. They’re yelling at someone who’s already left the room.”


56 Senators, including six Republicans, agreed it is Constitutional to try a former president. What’s interesting is many of the channel’s stars have also previously floated impeaching people who are not in office anymore. This brilliantly edited video from Media Matters captures how that view has changed now that the former officeholder in question is Donald Trump.
https://twitter.com/i/status/1359310648098881537
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:04 PM (0 replies)

Why Thousands of Republicans Are Leaving the Party

https://politicalwire.com/2021/02/10/why-thousands-of-republicans-are-leaving-the-party/

Why Thousands of Republicans Are Leaving the Party
February 10, 2021 at 6:07 am EST By Taegan Goddard


“In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the phone lines and websites of local election officials across the country were jumping: Tens of thousands of Republicans were calling or logging on to switch their party affiliations,” the New York Times reports.

“An analysis of January voting records by The New York Times found that nearly 140,000 Republicans had quit the party in 25 states that had readily available data (19 states do not have registration by party). Voting experts said the data indicated a stronger-than-usual flight from a political party after a presidential election, as well as the potential start of a damaging period for G.O.P. registrations as voters recoil from the Capitol violence and its fallout.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:41 AM (34 replies)

David Corn: Why the Second Impeachment of Donald Trump Is More Important Than the First

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/02/why-the-second-impeachment-of-donald-trump-is-more-important-than-the-first/

Why the Second Impeachment of Donald Trump Is More Important Than the First
His betrayal of the nation was profound and existential. There must be a full reckoning.
David Corn
Washington, DC, Bureau ChiefBio | Follow

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Yet despite the the deja-vu-ness of this been-there/done-that impeachment and the absence of a possible political death sentence, the second Trump impeachment is far more important than the first, for it ultimately is about securing and protecting the defining ideal of the United States: that this nation is a democracy that honors principle not power.

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The case is not merely about what Trump said at a rally immediately before the protesters he had called to Washington for a “wild” day—a rage-fueled mob that included neo-Nazis, Christian insurrectionists, and white supremacists—marched on Capitol Hill and raided a citadel of American democracy. Nor is it just about what Trump in the White House did as the brownshirts he had riled up overran the Capitol, called for the deaths of Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence, and killed a police officer, while seriously injuring scores of others, who were literally placing their bodies on the line for democracy. (Trump reportedly watched the rampage with excitement, perhaps hoping it would achieve the strategic aim he and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani were then chasing: delaying Congress’ certification of the electoral votes.) Nor is it only about Trump’s effort that day to pressure Pence to take the unconstitutional step of blocking that certification. Trump’s disgraceful actions on January 6 were the endgame of a conspiracy against the United States he had been pursuing for months.

Trump had betrayed the nation—as he had before. (See the COVID pandemic.) He had sought to delegitimize an election. He had encouraged a violent insurrection. He did nothing at first when domestic terrorists assaulted Congress. Trump’s Ukraine phone call was a minor instance of sleaze compared to this crusade of full-scale treachery—like Al Capone’s tax evasion compared to his entire criminal villainy. And even if Trump is now out of office, his impeachment and trial remain vitally necessary. His attempt to undermine democracy demands investigation and judgment. Future chief executives need to know that they will not have a free pass to take a last-minute stab at clinging to power through skulduggery and terrorism. And members of Congress—now and in the years to come—ought to be taught that they are accountable for holding a power-grabbing, sedition-pushing president responsible for such sins against the republic.
This impeachment does not only place Trump in the dock; it puts Republicans in a harsh spotlight. This is a test for them. Will they allow Trump’s democracy-endangering actions to go unpunished? And as the House impeachment managers chronicle Trump’s wrongdoing, as well as the awful details and tragic casualties of January 6, they will serve a much-needed purpose: providing the public with its first extensive look at the Tump-incited horrific event that merits further investigation by Congress and other bodies.

Then there is the matter of Trump’s legacy. He warrants an appropriate send-off. Presidents come to be defined in shorthand. Lincoln won the Civil War and ended slavery. Washington relinquished power. Nixon resigned. Trump will forever be twice-impeached—a distinction that will be especially meaningful if it is noted that the second one was in response to his attack on the nation’s democratic foundation. It is improbable that 17 Republican senators will join the Democrats to convict Trump at this latest trial. But a majority of the Senate will likely vote against Trump, and that will tarnish Trump as a president who, in the eyes of most members of Congress, ended his term as an enemy of the state. Whatever Trump’s political future, this will become an impossible-to-undo part of his brand—a disgraceful foe of constitutional government.

Trump is the first president to threaten American democracy in such a direct, profound, and violent manner. And this impeachment is no retread. It may lack suspense. It may seem to some as a going-through-the-motions exercise with an easy-to-predict conclusion. It may cut against the sentiment of those who want to move past Trump. But Trump committed one of the greatest political crimes in American history, and that deserves a full reckoning—for now and for the future.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:48 AM (3 replies)

Ex-White House Official Tells CNN: Trump Was 'Loving Watching the Capitol Mob'

I want this person to testify.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-was-loving-watching-the-capitol-mob-says-former-white-house-official

Ex-White House Official Tells CNN: Trump Was ‘Loving Watching the Capitol Mob’
HIS CROWD
Jamie Ross
Reporter
Updated Feb. 09, 2021 7:00AM ET /
Published Feb. 09, 2021 6:37AM ET


With former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial set to begin Tuesday, senators will spend the next few days weighing up exactly what role he played in the Capitol insurrection last month. Well, according to one insider, he was absolutely delighted with it. One person, identified only as a former senior White House official, told CNN that Trump was “loving watching the Capitol mob” on Jan. 6. CNN reports that Trump has been contacting former aides and advisers to discuss the trial, and they told the network that Trump appears to be extremely confident that there won’t be enough GOP senators who are willing to convict him. Other Trump insiders told Politico they can scarcely believe how well things have gone for him since the riot—one unnamed former Trump campaign official told the site: “He’s Teflon, right. It’s been a month since the Capitol riot and I would say, for the most part, the GOP has coalesced back behind him.” The officials say that, once the trial is over, Trump will reemerge in public and seek revenge against GOPers who backed his impeachment.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:18 AM (8 replies)

ICE Ignores Biden Order and Deports 22 Children and Babies to Haiti, Says Report

What the hell is going on? And why Haiti?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/ice-ignores-biden-order-and-deports-22-children-and-babies-to-haiti-says-report?ref=home

ICE Ignores Biden Order and Deports 22 Children and Babies to Haiti, Says Report
GONE ROGUE
Jamie Ross
Reporter
Published Feb. 09, 2021 6:53AM ET



Last week, the Biden administration reportedly ordered the suspension of deportation flights to Haiti in an attempt to assert its control over Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, that effort appears to have failed. According to The Guardian, at least 72 people were deported to Haiti from the United States on Monday, including a two-month-old baby and 21 other children. Two flights were reportedly chartered by ICE to take people from Laredo, Texas, to the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. The flights have angered immigration-rights activists, who had hoped for a kinder approach after Donald Trump left the White House last month. “It is unconscionable for us as a country to continue with the same draconian, cruel policies that were pursued by the Trump administration,” said Guerline Jozef, executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance. “I don’t know what’s going on between ICE and the Biden administration, but we know what needs to be done: The deportations must stop.” Haiti is in a state of political chaos after an alleged coup attempt has again roiled the hemisphere’s poorest country.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:09 AM (25 replies)

Dahlia Lithwick: This Is Not Representative Democracy

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/02/impeachment-stakes-not-conviction-senate.html

This Is Not Representative Democracy
The American people overwhelmingly favor conviction, and there is no chance the Senate will convict.
By Dahlia Lithwick
Feb 08, 20217:18 PM

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In short, in addition to using this impeachment trial to create an historical record of four years of GOP support for a president who tried to violently overturn an election, this impeachment can also stand as a record of how staggeringly broken electoral politics is when the preferences of the clear majority of Americans are being subordinated by the very systems of government itself. The GOP isn’t just committed to ignoring the insurrection at the Capitol this week. It’s also increasingly committed to ignoring the majority of Americans who found the insurrection abhorrent. This, then, is what minority rule looks like in political theater form: A Senate trial in which the clear will of the people can be sidelined because the clear will of the people does not determine who governs, or what those who govern must do.

Yes, Democrats can use the week’s proceedings to explain what happened in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6th, when the president sought to subvert the outcome of an election through lawless pressure on elected officials and then encouraged violent revolt when those efforts failed. But we all saw that with our own eyes. So perhaps they might also use this trial to show that in a hundred ways—none of them overtly lawless or self-evidently violent—government as currently constituted works to subvert representative democracy every single day. Those efforts go far beyond malapportionment in the Senate and gerrymandered districts. There are also the mounting efforts by Republican state officials to continue to suppress the vote. One recent analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice found three times as many pieces of state level vote-suppressive legislation as there were only one year ago. Legislators in the Republican-controlled Georgia Senate are falling over themselves to strangle representative democracy, just as the impeachment trial opens. That isn’t a coincidence. And until and unless the scourge of unlimited dark money in politics is constrained, “democracy” will look more and more like these same Republican Senators who don’t care about a lethal riot at the Capitol—even one that may have threatened their own lives and that of their colleagues—because these Senators are beholden not to their constituents, or even to their own self-interest, but to the secret donors who fund them.

It is not helpful or useful for Democrats to approach this impeachment trial wrapped in Hamlet’s thick black cloak of gloom and destructive self-talk. Going on the record to vehemently oppose violent armed rebellion that led to five deaths and abject terror in the seat of government is hardly a whimsical principle upon which to stand firm. But the coming days should not just be a teachable moment about Republicans and their unwillingness to cut loose the twisted and violent conspiracy theories that were the heart of Trumpism. This trial should also remind everyone that democracy itself has been systematically warped in ways that shut out the voices of most reasonable Americans, and that these same forces are working to further suppress their reasonable voices in the years to come. The American people think Donald Trump should be held accountable for what he did, and Americans paying attention are also completely correct to assume that he will not be. That is an obvious problem that has become so obvious that we’ve nearly forgotten that there are things we can and should do about it.

There is vitally important, demonstrably do-able legislative work Democrats must prioritize in the coming weeks, in order to protect the franchise, to battle vote suppression, to curb gerrymandering, and to turn off the spigot for dark money in politics. But even as debate begins on those questions, we should look at the Senate trial as a natural experiment in government that has bent and twisted the instruments of democracy until it need not even bother to respond to voters, to existential violence, or to this small matter of irrefutable evidence they saw with their own eyes. Instead of fighting over whether the impeachment trial is somehow diminishing or distracting from the other important legislative work of repairing democracy, Democrats should be messaging that but-for this broken democracy, we wouldn’t have arrived at a place in which an impeachment trial is not only required, but also very likely to end in a shocking and un-democratic acquittal. This is what minority rule looks like. But only if we continue to tolerate it.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 8, 2021, 11:51 PM (0 replies)

David Frum: Impeachment Is Working--Just Not as the Framers Expected

Impeachment Is Working—Just Not as the Framers Expected
The case against despair
February 7, 2021
David Frum
Staff writer at The Atlantic
Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET on February 8, 2021.

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Here’s the case against despair.

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Donald Trump was not removed in 2020, but he lost the presidency, and his party lost control of the Senate.

Impeachments were designed as ways to remove corrupt federal officials. That function has mostly gone dormant, replaced by the operations of federal public-integrity law, enforced by the Department of Justice. Each month, DOJ announces actions in some two dozen cases. Recent announcements include the conviction of a former mayor in the federal territory of Guam on extortion changes and a former border officer on bribery charges.

But what impeachment can do in the modern era is send a powerful signal to the public about the gravity of certain cases. When the House impeaches, it declares: We believe we have exited normal politics; we believe we are dealing with a true emergency.

It elevates the president’s alleged abuse over all other congressional business. Impeachment empowers the House to force an issue onto the agenda of the slower-moving Senate. Impeachment changes the calendar of politics. Impeachment concentrates and clarifies issues. Impeachment compels senators to take a public stand one way or the other: convict or acquit.


more...

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/02/impeachment-is-working-just-not-as-the-framers-expected/617954/
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 8, 2021, 05:55 PM (0 replies)

Trump Under Investigation For Killing Americans By Muzzling COVID Scientists

Good.

https://www.politicususa.com/2021/02/08/trump-muzzled-covid-scientists.html

Posted on Mon, Feb 8th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Trump Under Investigation For Killing Americans By Muzzling COVID Scientists


The House COVID Oversight Committee is investigating Trump and his administration for a campaign of muzzling scientists on COVID.

In a letter to White House Chief Of Staff Ron Klain, Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) wrote:

On September 2020, the Select Subcommittee launched an investigation into efforts by political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to interfere in the scientific reports and guidance issued by CDC during the pandemic. The Select Subcommittee found that HHS officials sought to suppress accurate scientific information they felt could be “use[d] against the president” and found evidence that Trump Administration appointees attempted to alter or block at least 13 CDC reports related to the virus.4Recently obtained documents indicate that White House officials also played a role in these efforts to suppress science during the pandemic. For example, HHS Senior Advisor Paul Alexander—who repeatedly pressed career CDC officials to change or eliminate scientific documents about the virus—communicated directly with White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx and Special Advisor to the President Scott Atlas about his proposed revisions to CDC reports and Task Force guidance.

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The Select Subcommittee’s investigations and public reporting have identified numerous other instances of political interference by the Trump White House, including blocking CDC guidance on safe reopening.9However, the full extent of the White House’s role in these efforts remains unknown because the Trump Administration refused to cooperate with the Select Subcommittee’s inquiries.


The investigation is vital because it is the first step toward holding those in the Trump administration accountable for the unnecessary deaths caused by their suppression of science during the pandemic.

It is also important that the facts are known so that Congress can take legislative steps to make sure that science is protected and no administration can ever abuse its power like this in the future.

Trump muzzled scientists and Americans died, and the families of those people deserve to know why they lost their loved ones.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 8, 2021, 02:24 PM (6 replies)

Forget Impeachment--Donald Trump Should Be Under Arrest

https://www.thedailybeast.com/forget-impeachment-donald-trump-should-be-under-arrest?ref=home


Forget Impeachment—Donald Trump Should Be Under Arrest
WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG?
The Senate needs to go about its obviously constitutional business. But I sure hope prosecutors in New York and Washington are going about theirs, too.
Dean Obeidallah
Updated Feb. 08, 2021 9:31AM ET / Published Feb. 07, 2021 8:40PM ET

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I encourage people to read the “Statement of Facts” portion of the House impeachment managers’ brief filed Tuesday that lays out more than just the grounds to convict Trump in the impeachment trial—it makes a compelling case to charge Trump with at least insurrection. While the House managers, headed by Rep. Jamie Raskin, do not cite the federal statute for this felony given that the impeachment trial is not criminal, they lay out the roadmap for prosecutors to build a case.

One of the most important points they make is that Trump’s misconduct is not solely about the words of his January 6 speech before the attack. Instead, they argue in powerful detail that Trump laid the groundwork for the insurrection over a period of months beginning with his repeated comments during the campaign that “the only way we’re going to lose this election is if this election is rigged.” Trump was priming his supporters to be on board with this concept if he lost the election.

From there, the House managers highlight Trump’s post-election lies about the election being “stolen” through his call for his most rabid supporters to gather in Washington, D.C.—not on any random day, but on the very day federal law mandated Congress meet to certify the election results.

The House managers’ brief leaves you with the sense that Trump radicalized some in his base —like ISIS does--with a non-stop drumbeat of lies and fiery rhetoric intended to incite them to the doorstep of violence. And finally, on Jan. 6, Trump pushed them through that door, activating them to use force to stop the certification.

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The impeachment trial this week is step one—but even if Trump is convicted, accountability for Trump’s crimes cannot simply be disqualifying him from running from office again. Accountability can only come if Trump is criminally charged and fully prosecuted. That’s the best hope we have at preventing Trump or any future president from engaging in the same dangerous and illegal conduct. In fact, today would be a great day to arrest Trump.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 8, 2021, 01:39 PM (59 replies)

Report: Schumer Privately Arguing Against Having Witnesses At Impeachment Trial

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/report-schumer-privately-arguing-against-having-witnesses-at-impeachment-trial

Report: Schumer Privately Arguing Against Having Witnesses At Impeachment Trial
By Cristina Cabrera
February 8, 2021 8:35 a.m.


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has reportedly been pushing back against Democratic House impeachment managers’ call to have witnesses testify at ex-President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, which is set to begin on Tuesday.

Politico reports that Schumer and his fellow Democrats in the Senate believe that videos and Trump’s actions in front of the public are sufficient evidence for convicting the former president on the impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly storming of the Capitol that Trump egged on last month.

Additionally, Senate Democrats reportedly argue that calling on witnesses would needlessly drag out a trial that is all but guaranteed to end in Trump’s acquittal anyway given that most GOP senators have voted that impeachment would be unconstitutional (an argument that constitutional experts across the political spectrum have rejected).

TPM has reached out to Schumer’s office.

Impeachment managers have invited Trump to testify at the trial, a request the former president flatly rejected as a “public relations stunt” last week.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 8, 2021, 09:36 AM (14 replies)
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