Today, for example, the gutless House Democrats whined about the unprecedented, non-existent and illegal claims that were made by the White House attorneys in a behind doors setting, insisting that Hope Hicks has immunity and need not answer any questions related to her time while serving in the White House.
First, instead of insisting that Miss Hicks MUST answer questions in a public hearing, they agreed to yet another closed door hearing, where Miss Hicks and her White House attorney could get away with an illegal claim of immunity. Again, the House Judiciary Committee and its feckless and cowardly Chairman Jerrold Nadler allowed the White House to stick it to them again, without arresting Miss Hicks on the spot.
The Dems on the House Judiciary Committee acted as though they were powerless to do anything about this situation, when in fact they are not. Again, I must point out that the House Judiciary Committee has the power to arrest uncooperative witnesses by exercising their inherent contemptpowers guaranteed them under our constitution to enforce the balance of powers. They have all the power they need. They just don’t have the balls to use the power granted them by the Constitution for such situations. They have the power to arrest lawless witnesses like Hicks and McGhan and Bill Barr. They just don’t have the political guts to do it. Lacking in any internal fortitude at all, these House Dems in the Judiciary Committee, including my gutless Representative Ted Deutch, continue to allow witnesses and their attorneys to show nothing but contempt for Congress and our Constitution. The House Dems continue to allow witnesses to ignore subpoenas, to illegally refuse to answer questions. This time, rather than putting Ms. Hicks under House arrest, the Judiciary Committee allowed themselves to be outplayed yet again by an utterly lawless executive branch.
Then, when this farce of a hearing was finished, the former model Hicks was allowed to strut down the halls of Congress, as though she were doing a fashion in full few of cameras, ignoring reporter’s questions just as easily as she was allowed to ignore the House’s questions and the law.
Our outlaw president is laughing at the Democrats in the House, and in particular laughing at his aptly nicknamed nemesis ‘Nervous Nancy,’ and in this case, rightly so. The president is launching nuclear weapons in the House’s direction, and they are responding by throwing paper planes. Nervous Nancy and the House Dems who still follow her, have allowed the president to turn their investigations into comic distractions not worthy of public notice.
Democrats still don’t get it. They are in a fight for their lives and for our lives. They still want to believe that both sides will play by the same rules, but that time passed when the Russians selected our president in 2016, and the nation chose to do nothing about it. This president does not play by the rules, and neither do any of the criminal cronies who work for him in the executive branch. “A subpoena?” they all say. “So what? We’ll use it for toilet paper!”
I can almost hear the laughter that fills the west wing of the White House tonight. The Dems continue to talk tough but refuse to act. “How silly we made them look again today! The suckers!”
In truth, Nancy Pelosi and the Dems have allowed the investigations in the House to be turned into one farce after the next, and all of the gutless House Democrats, in following Nervous Nancy, have proven only that political expediency is all they care about. Indeed, the oaths they took in which they swore to protect and defend out constitution mean little if nothing to them, certainly not enough to do the right thing in the face of an evil and vile threat to our nation. IF THE DEMS WON’T TAKE THE PRESIDENT’S CRIMES SERIOUSLY ENOUGH TO BEGIN IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS, WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC EVEN BOTHER TO TAKE NOTICE?
There is a slow burning going on in Washington, DC. Can you smell it yet? It is the burning of our Democracy, little by little, stone by stone, pillar by pillar, law by law, norm by norm, with little and small fires here and there. If unattended to, these fires threaten to join and grow, turning the many small fires into a major conflagration, too dangerous and strong to put an end to. The House Democrats seem to be waiting for someone else to come and save our Democracy, to put the fire out, when they alone have the power to put out the fire, not realizing that the Fire Department isn’t coming to save them or us. House Democrats ARE the Fire Department. They alone have the hose with enough water to put out the fire. But they continue to dawdle, to whine, still refusing to act with any clarity or conviction of their purpose. Only the House Dems can turn the water on, to send Justice raining down with enough strength and power and authority, to save our Democracy while there is still time, before the fire consumes us all. They alone have the power to impeach the bastard, but they still remain too gutless to do the right thing. Why, oh why, did any of us bother to give these Democratic turkeys control of the House? Why when they refuse to put an end to this president’s ongoing crimes? Why? And why on earth are these gutless characters worthy of reelection? I can’t think of a single good reason at this point.
Of course, our criminal in chief has done everything he can to battle the truth with falsehood, to fight law with illegality, to blatantly blow past any guardrails and norms than have protected our Democracy until now. Despite the war on truth, what Kellyanne Conway termed alternative facts, reality and the real facts are clear and indisputable:
1. The Mueller Report found that the President colluded with the Russians in encouraging our greatest adversary to help him with the 2016 election. Mueller could not find sufficient evidence of intent to charge that a conspiracy happened, but Volume One gives countless examples when the president’s campaign coordinated and colluded with the Russians. COLLUSION happened. If you don’t believe this, read the report. No felonies here, but clear and present evidence of High Crimes and Misdemeanors, up to and including the implications of treason.
2. The Mueller Report found that the President committed at least ten acts of felonious Obstruction of Justice. That’s 10 felonies right there.
3. The criminal in chief has already been named an unindicted co-conspirator to defraud the United States who broke two campaign violations of law in the SDNY. Add 2 more felonies.
4. Since the Mueller Report was released, the president has committed literally hundreds of acts of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and witness threatening, in the light of day, while cameras run, in full public view or on twitter. Let’s cut the ass in chief a break and limit these hundreds of crimes to a minimal 20 felonies.
By my count, that’s 32 felonies that our criminal president has committed, just since he took office. God knows how many more felonious acts will be revealed before the myriad of investigations into the criminal enterprise that is the Orange Monster’s monstrous activities, and how many more laws this outlaw will break before he leaves office. As he now obstructs justice on a daily if not hourly basis, the Articles of Impeachment against this dreadful and odious public menace if ever the House acts to impeach.
As I said recently in another blog, holding the president to account for his illegal and asinine behavior is no longer Mueller’s job. He put the ball squarely in the House’s court, even going so far as to hold a press conference weeks ago to try to publicly shame Congress into acting. Yet, still they do nothing. Either Congressional Leaders will begin an official impeachment inquiry or they won’t. We know the immoral Republicans in the House and Senate sold their souls to the Devil long ago, and that they will do nothing to protect our country or our democracy from ruin, as they answer to their Russian-appointed president and to Putin only. But most of us expected that the Democrats in the House would stand up and defend our democracy, not watch them calculating politically, hemming and hawing, and gnashing their teeth, and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to protect our republic as we watch it being torn to tatters.
The fact that our 45thpresident has committed crimes both before and after taking his oath of office is indisputable. The only question is whether or not anyone in the Democratically-controlled Congress will ever, EVER, hold this president accountable and impeach him. If they fail this test of courage, if they fail to do the right thing, then we can kiss the country we once knew and loved goodbye.