Trump/Pence: How many Violations of the Constitution?

By Christopher R Rice

A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution. -James Madison

Donald Trump stood in the shadow of the US Capitol and took an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

“I wouldn’t say he’s bumping into the Constitution, he’s crashing through it,” said Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, who has joined litigation against the new president on a separate matter. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my lifetime.”

TheAtlantic: The election of Donald Trump was, in procedural terms, scrupulously fair. I hold no dark suspicions of altered vote counts or intimidation at the polls. We may wish the Voting Rights Act had not been gutted by the Court; but the election of 2016 followed the law of 2016. Clearly a large proportion of American citizens—not as many as voted for Hillary Clinton, but still, under our strange system, enough—wanted Trump as their president and now hope that he fulfills the loud promises he repeatedly made to the country.

Like an admissions officer at Trump University, he offered Americans a bag of magic beans and asked them in exchange to hand over their rights and their form of government.

The Constitution is broken, and I don’t know how, or whether, it will be fixed.

The minute Trump was sworn in, he violated Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution, known as the emoluments clause.

1.) CNBC: President Donald Trump is being accused of violating a part of the U.S. Constitution that the founders put in place to curb corruption.

The attorneys general for the District of Columbia and Maryland filed a lawsuit making those claims on Monday. They accuse Trump of improperly accepting payments from foreign governments.

Their argument is that Trump — who kept ownership of his businesses when he became president of the United States — is violating the so-called emoluments clauses of the Constitution.

One of the clauses was written to ensure that U.S. government officials would not be corrupted by favors or gifts from foreign governments.

But the president retained actual ownership of the companies, meaning that he still makes money from them. Foreign governments — including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Georgia — have bought rooms or held events at Trump’s D.C. hotel since he took office. The Embassy of Kuwait even switched an earlier booking at the Four Seasons to the Trump hotel, according to the The Washington Post.

President Jimmy Carter gave his agricultural holdings to an independent trustee. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton put investments into blind trusts.

Representatives for Trump had argued that selling his sprawling business empire or putting it into a blind trust would have been too difficult.

In January, Trump promised to track profits from foreign governments and donate them to the U.S. Treasury. But the Trump Organization has not tracked those payments. Instead, it has suggested that it’s the responsibility of those foreign governments to report the transactions, NBC News reported last month.

The attorneys general contended that Trump’s presidency has created a situation in which states could feel compelled to make policy decisions that help his businesses.

The lawsuit is the second filed against Trump over emoluments, and it’s the first filed by government entities. Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sued the president earlier this year.

2.) President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka will receive more than a million dollars from the family business this year, according to McClatchy‘s D.C. bureau, raising fresh concerns about apparent conflicts of interest that seem rampant among key members of the Trump administration.

Ivanka Trump, as an unpaid senior adviser at the White House, has done “everything from lobbying the Senate on tax policy to representing her father at a G20 summit of world leaders”—but that’s not stopping her from taking money from businesses associated with the Trump Organization, “the sprawling family real estate empire now run by two of her brothers.” As McClatchy reports:

When her father was sworn in, Ivanka Trump resigned her numerous vice president positions with the Trump Organization but she planned to continue to receive money from its businesses, according to her financial disclosure report filed last year, which outlined her future relationship to the companies.

Each year starting in 2017, she was expected to receive a total of $1.5 million from three companies affiliated with the Trump Organization. She was expected to receive more money from additional Trump Organization businesses but the other amounts were not detailed.

The companies involve at least five projects that have come under scrutiny for possible ethics and legal violations.

Her “continued relationship with the businesses affiliated with the Trump Organization creates countless potential conflicts of interest prohibited by federal law and federal ethics standards as she works as a special assistant to the president,” McClatchy explained. “And just like her father, she is being accused of violating the so-called emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution that forbids government officials—not just presidents—from accepting gifts from foreign governments without the approval of Congress.”

A team of prominent constitutional scholars, Supreme Court litigators and former White House ethics lawyers intends to file a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments.

3.) The report comes as Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner—who is also a senior adviser to the president—faces increasing scrutiny over potential conflicts of interests with regard to his White House post and his continued involvement with his family’s real estate firm.

4.) USATODAY: Political interference in a law enforcement matter for personal and corrupt purposes — whether through pardons or personnel moves or directing the conduct of an investigation — is unconstitutional. That’s why it is so concerning that John Dowd, when he was one of President Trump’s lawyers, reportedly discussed the possibility of pardons for Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort with their lawyers.

By disregarding these norms, the president and the White House are also violating the Constitution. As we recently explained in a brief that we filed along with other former high-ranking Justice officials of both parties, the Constitution limits the president’s ability to interfere with individual law enforcement matters. And it will always be unconstitutional for the president to interfere with law enforcement based on personal or corrupted interests — for example, to stop an investigation of him or his associates.

VanityFair: Trump: “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself,” he wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s use of his power to grant clemency to date has already been controversial. After pardoning Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio last year, Trump granted another questionable pardon to conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza last week, while also floating the possibility that he might also offer clemency to lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart and commute the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Some interpreted the pardon for D’Souza and the president’s remarks about Stewart and Blagojevich as a signal to individuals ensnared in the Mueller probe that their loyalty to him would be rewarded. “What I think he is doing though, is undermining public corruption investigations by basically saying that if you are a corrupt public official you are going to get a pass from me,” Robert Grant, a top former F.B.I. agent who headed the F.B.I.’s Chicago office during the Blagojevich investigation, told me last week. “He is signaling to people who might be witnesses against him, his family or his business interests, ‘hold the line, don’t give up anything, don’t roll over for the prosecutors because even if you get prosecuted, I am going to give you a free pass.’”

5.) ConstitutionCenter: President Trump has issued several immigration orders, ranging from those regulating immigration into the United States as well as those regulating immigrants already present in the country. Legal challenges have cropped up nationwide against these orders.

Slate: The Trump administration poses a unique threat to the rule of law.

Habeas Corpus. Lawyers at airports have been filing habeas corpus petitions around the clock for people being detained. In recent years, the Supreme Court strengthened the protections of habeas corpus for noncitizens repeatedly in rulings in cases brought by Guantánamo detainees. Less known were earlier rulings strengthening protections for noncitizens in detention facing removal, such as Zadvydas v. Davis. The national security or “plenary” power over immigration did not faze the justices in such rulings.

As law professors who teach constitutional law and immigration law, we fully recognize that executive power over immigration has long been described by courts as broad, even “plenary,” and sometimes able to, well, trump the rights of noncitizens. Yet that power is also committed to Congress, which passed no law authorizing this order. And noncitizens still have constitutional rights, sometimes quite strong ones.

6.) Family Reunification Rights.* The tragic stories of separated families bring out yet another constitutional right at stake that few have commented on: The Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized the importance of the fundamental right to family relationships. Family reunification is also of primary importance in immigration law.

7.) The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges emphasized how multiple constitutional rights magnified the harm of denying same-sex couples the right to marry. “The Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause are connected in a profound way,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. The constitutional violations in that case were made worse because there was discrimination—over something as important as the fundamental right to marry. Today, these constitutional violations are worse because the order discriminates on the basis of religion, nationality, and ethnicity, over rights as important as due process, the right to family relationships, and the right not to be excluded unlawfully. The equal protection, due process, First Amendment, habeas, and fundamental rights violations that we describe are important standing along but even more devastating to the legality of the order when seen in tandem. As we have written in a 2015 article, constitutional rights magnify their power when they share reinforcing interests.*

8.) TheAmericanConservative: The U.S. and its allies have committed a flagrant violation of international law, and Trump has trampled on the Constitution once again.

NationalReview: Unfortunately, the section of the Constitution that gives the power to declare war to Congress, and Congress alone, has become a section of the Constitution that most of our politicians — and our pundits — ignore. Debates on the issue these days are usually between only two sides — “He should” vs. “He shouldn’t” — while the important question of “Can he?” goes completely ignored. It often feels as though Article I, Section 8 has been all but forgotten, which is why I was so glad to see the recent comments from Senator Bernie Sanders.

Donald Trump told ‘the countdown to impeachment has already started’

Tom Embury-Dennis, The Independent

Donald Trump has been warned the “countdown” to impeachment is underway, after his former lawyer implicated the president in crimes committed during the 2016 election.

On Thursday, Mr Trump publicly addressed the prospect of impeachment for the first time, claiming the market would “crash” if his presidency was threatened.

“I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job,” Mr Trump told Fox News. “I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor because, without this thinking, you would see – you would see numbers that you wouldn’t believe, in reverse.”

Mr Trump’s comments came after Michael Cohen, his long-time legal “fixer”, pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including two counts of campaign finance violations, which he said he committed at the direction of the president.

Cohen admitted paying hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both alleged to have had extramarital affairs with Mr Trump.

Tom Cole, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, warned it was “too soon” to begin impeachment proceedings, but said: “If something comes out that is clear and convincing and impeachable, I think members will act.”

Al Green, a Democratic congressman who has previously filed articles of impeachment against Mr Trump, suggested he may do so again following Cohen’s guilty plea.

“I think the president has to realise that the countdown to impeachment has already started,” he said. “He, at some point, will have to choose if he will face impeachment or if he will resign. It will be his choice. The congress will have no choice but to act.”

“At some point, we have to act.”

Most Democrats, however, are keeping quiet about the prospect of removing Mr Trump from office, amid fears pushing the issue will fire up the Republican base ahead of the midterm elections in November.

“I don’t think that we should be talking about impeachment,” Democratic senator Tammy Duckworth said.

Nancy Pelosi, the house Democratic leader, has consistently urged her party not to push the issue, and instead work to uphold special counsel Robert Mueller’s ability to investigate potential crimes committed by the Trump campaign.

“The special counsel’s team and the prosecutors in New York are conducting thorough and professional investigations, and they must be allowed to continue free from interference,” Ms Pelosi told fellow Democrats on Wednesday. “As November rapidly approaches, we must also stay focused on delivering our strong economic message to hard-working families across America.”

Trump allies, however, have been discussing impeachment – raising the prospect in an attempt to convince Republican voters to turn out in November.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor hired by Mr Trump last month to join his legal team, warned there would be a “revolt” in the US if the president was impeached.

“You could only impeach [Trump] for political reasons and the American people would revolt against that,” he said.

“The idea of an impeachment is frankly a sad attempt by Democrats, it’s the only message they seem to have going into the midterms,” Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters. “It is another great reminder why Americans should support other like-minded candidates like the president.”

Former chief strategist for Mr Trump, Steve Bannon, told Bloomberg: “November is a referendum on impeachment – an up or down vote. Every Trump supporter needs to get with the programme.”

In other news:

Mr Trump is accused of treason for encouraging the Russians to hack Ms Clinton’s emails to search for the 30,000 “missing” documents that were not handed over to the FBI.

Court documents released last October indicate that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, was told by a Russia-linked professor that Moscow had “thousands” of emails containing dirt on Hillary Clinton in April 2016 — before WikiLeaks released hacked emails publicly.

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump who briefly worked on the campaign, has attracted scrutiny for his links to WikiLeaks. Stone has claimed publicly that he communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 campaign, though he maintains that it was done through an intermediary.

Stone also sent a series of tweets during the campaign that appeared to hint at forthcoming releases of emails from WikiLeaks before they occurred.

THE NRA, RUSSIA and DONALD TRUMP

The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump. Most of that money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors. A top Russian banker, Alexander Torshin, with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

Torshin, a leading figure in Putin’s party, has been implicated in money laundering by judicial authorities in Spain, as Bloomberg News first revealed in 2016. Spanish investigators alleged in an almost 500-page internal report that Torshin, who was then a senator, capitalized on his government role to assist mobsters laundering funds through Spanish properties and banks, Bloomberg reported.

Torshin was a senior member of the Russian Senate and in recent years helped set up a Moscow gun rights group called Right to Bear Arms.

Prince, Stone, Russia and Wikileaks

Former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, who was a major donor to Trump, sat down for an interview with Breitbart News Daily and dropped a bombshell. Prince openly claimed on national radio that he knew about Hillary’s hacked emails well before Comey did.

You have a former U. S. Attorney and former head of the DOJ’s criminal division (Giuliani), a former FBI chief in New York City (Kallstrom), and a former major government contractor (Prince) on record as knowing about the emails three weeks before Comey knew about them. If this isn’t strong evidence that this election was tainted by a criminal act, I don’t know what is.

Giuliani leaked the information on direct orders from Trump, while Prince did so on orders from either Trump himself or Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon.

Prince got richly rewarded for his role. Not only was his younger sister, Betsy DeVos, tapped as Education Secretary, but Prince himself has been tapped as a shadow adviser to Trump on intelligence and defense.

In a sane world, this would all but demand that Trump and Pence stand down.

What can we the people do?

OCT. 22ND A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND CALM

This is a call for a day of prayer and calm.

This is a non violent civil disobedience direct action. This strike is not meant to hurt the country in any way but to remove those who have. You do not need to be violent to not go to work, to not go to school or not shop. Protest peacefully and lawfully. Find out the laws in your city/state and protest lawfully and legally.

General Strikes – a brief history (with video)

1.) To participate we call on everyone everywhere to wear black.

2.) Do not go to work, or to school or to church.

3.) No shopping. Do not spend one dime on October 22nd. No buses, no trains and no planes for one day.

4.) We must organize and become our own media. There will be zero discussion of this strike by the national media so we must become our own media and get the word out. Use this link:  http://ronsspot.org/call-to-general-strike-to-remove-trump-pence-from-office-and-arrest-hillary-clinton/

PROMOTE IT!!

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Call to General Strike to Remove Trump/Pence from Office and arrest Hillary Clinton

By Christopher R Rice

Our silence has been construed as our consent to become beneficiaries of a debt we did not incur.

The promise of a “peace dividend” or a balanced budget has been obliterated by a war with no exit strategy. Only more overruns and war profiteers, whose only success has been to lower the cost of street heroin while increasing its potency.

Read more: Despite 17 years of occupation, Afghanistan’s opium production has only gone up

You are entitled to full disclosure of the facts.

The ‘War on Terror’ has cost US taxpayers $250 million every day for 16 plus years

The U.S. government has spent a staggering $1.46 trillion on wars abroad since September 11, 2001, according to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) periodical “Cost of War” report. As International Business Times reports, this amounts to $250 million a day for 16 years consecutively.

President Trump has opened the floodgates for defense spending, proposing $716 billion for the Pentagon, a 13 percent increase.

Trump administration’s budget calls for a more than 25 percent increase in spending on missiles and munitions.

A White House proposal to spend a massive amount on defense next year is what one lobbyist called an “eye-watering” budget for the defense industry.

Read more: In Trump budget, Lockheed gets almost as much as the State Department

Treasury Department data for the first half of 2018 show individual income tax receipts rose 8.1%, to $915 billion. Corporate income tax receipts fell 32.4%, to $100 billion. The sharp decline in corporate tax revenue is largely a result of the tax cuts President Trump signed into law at the end of 2017, which cut the top corporate rate from 35% to 21%.

Anyone can participate. October 22nd, 2018 planned civil disobedience:

General Strike begins October 22nd, 2018

This strike will continue until Trump/Pence step down and charges are filed against Hillary Clinton. (Read more:  Hillary Clinton Is Living Proof That Crime Pays in Spectacular Ways)

No work
No school
No shopping

Call in sick, take your vacation time. If you can not get out of work, you can participate in the work slow down.

Student Protest:

Students plan to stage walkouts (during classes) all across the country to demand: “Impeach Trump”

This is a non violent civil disobedience direct action. This strike is not meant to hurt the country in any way but to remove those who have. You do not need to be violent to not go to work, to not go to school or not shop. Protest peacefully and lawfully. Find out the laws in your city/state and protest lawfully and legally.

General Strikes – a brief history (with video)

I can not personally organize each protest in each and every city and school. That is up to you. Begin organizing now. Post to your social media accounts and MeetUp.com

Link to this site from sites and blogs. Mention it with links in your comments on blogs. We are running out of time.

People on October 22, 2018, take to the streets across the country, day after day, night after night. The Trump/Pence regime must go.

There will be ZERO mainstream media discussion of this strike BEFORE it happens. ZERO.

So, we must BE OUR OWN MEDIA and promote it. Link to this site from sites and blogs. USE LINK:  http://ronsspot.org/call-to-general-strike-to-remove-trump-pence-from-office-and-arrest-hillary-clinton/  Mention it with links in your comments on blogs. PROMOTE IT.

It does not matter if you voted Republican, Democrat or not at all, we have a choice and a responsibility to our children.

For this upcoming action to be effective we need to put millions of boots on the ground. No membership required, no dues, no donations or militias to join. Your NON-COMPLIANCE is our only weapon.

Our children deserve their rightful legacy — the liberty our ancestors fought so hard to give to us. Will we remain silent and perpetuate the MYTH? Or, do we stand as One People, and take back what has been stolen from the house of our Republic?

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