- Aug 11, 2020
The Senate Intelligence Committee believed former Trump confidant Stephen K. Bannon may have lied to Congress, according to a letter obtained by The Times.
I didn’t see it coming.
I’d really like to see them continue. There are a number who deserve punishment.Trump drained the swamp and immediately filled it with rats. I fear that congress is really inept when it comes to anyone in the Trump administration, it will be interesting to see it if they want to continue to pursue them after the election if Dems take over.
I’m counting on NY to deal with him. But there are so many others that have such questionable behavior. Notably one Devin Nunes.Technically speaking, Trump will no longer have the protection of the presidency and they charge and lock him up but I think the optics of it might look like a vendetta, I would be surprised if the Dems went down that path but the DA's office sure could.
Nunes represents in a county right near me, I had to drive through it to go to LA a while back and he was on a bunch of billboards out there. CA is a liberal state but the rural counties are full of right wing nutjobs.I’m counting on NY to deal with him. But there are so many others that have such questionable behavior. Notably one Devin Nunes.
So he can pardon himself for crimes he hasn't been charged with yet as he exits?Yes, my understanding is that if he pardons himself on his way out the door (and if it will legally even hold up in court), that pardon only covers federal crimes. States can still bring charges.
If you read on in that article, you'll see that a successor could attempt to charge him with federal crimes, and Trump could fight it, and the case would almost certainly go all the way to the Supreme Court....scholars’ views don’t mean much. The current constitutional rule is Donald Trump can do anything he can get away with. The president operates by hotel-burglar logic: If people don’t want to be robbed, they ought to lock their doors; if the Founders didn’t want Trump to do something, it’s their own fault for not writing “the president can’t do this.”
Ford did it for Nixon (I am old enough to remember), so one can imagine that he could resign on January 2nd and receive a pardon from Bootlicker on the 3rd (as the new Congress is convening).So he can pardon himself for crimes he hasn't been charged with yet as he exits?
He was only ever interested in burning the country down.I hadn't thought Congress would [still?] be investigating Bannon though. Heh, maybe trying to figure out if they can burn his US passport. I mean it's not clear he's really that much a fan of the US Constitution.
That is the most positive outlook I’ve heard in quite some time. Thank you.The biggest problem is this: if the pardon is blanket, that leaves open the possibility that absolutely any action he undertook as president could be viewed as illegal and thus easily reversed (perhaps even judicial appointments), because accepting a pardon constitutes an admission of guilt. Which means that he would forfeit all fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination, since he had plead guilty by taking the pardon, and thus could be forced to testify on any matter (guaranteed charge of perjury right there).