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Can The President Be Indicted Or Subpoenaed?

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      If Mueller and Trump's attorneys are discussing whether or not the president can be subpoenaed or indicted, Mueller is probably of the opinion that he has enough evidence for an indictment. This is likely an issue the nation will have to face.

      We are in unchartered territory with the Trump presidency. No previous president has been accused of conspiring with a foreign adversary to undermine a presidential election and our democracy, which could result in illegally obtaining the office of the presidency and possibly committing treason.

      Although Nixon, by breaking into the DNC headquarters at the Watergate Hotel, could be accused of undermining the election in 1972, that break-in did not involve a foreign adversary. Does conspiring with a foreign adversary make it so egregious that Justice Department guidelines cannot be followed without destroying the concept of the rule of law?

      Does interfering with the official duties of the president in order to indict a sitting president, outweigh allowing a president who has committed treason to even carry out the official duties of the president?

      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/can-the-president-be-indicted-or-subpoenaed/ar-AAxCi9g?li=BBnb7Kz

      Indictment

      The Justice Department memos Giuliani referenced were written during the Nixon and Bill Clinton administrations, amid the Watergate and Monica Lewinsky scandals.

      The first memo, “Amenability of the President, Vice President and other Civil Officers to Federal Criminal Prosecution while in Office,” was produced by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in September 1973.

      “The spectacle of an indicted President still trying to serve as Chief Executive boggles the imagination,” it reads.

      The Office of Legal Counsel noted that the constitution specifically provides some immunity from prosecution to lawmakers but says nothing about the president being immune.

      However, the Office of Legal Counsel concluded that the president’s powers and responsibilities were so vast and unique that an indictment would pose too many risks to the proper functioning of government. Here are two key passages:

      “A necessity to defend a criminal trial and to attend court in connection with it … would interfere with the President’s unique official duties, most of which cannot be performed by anyone else. It might be suggested that the same is true with the defense of impeachment proceedings; but this is a risk expressly contemplated by the Constitution, and is a necessary incident of the impeachment process. The Constitutional Convention was aware of this problem but rejected a proposal that the President should be suspended upon impeachment by the House until acquitted by the Senate. …
      “To wound him by a criminal proceeding is to hamstring the operation of the whole governmental apparatus, both in foreign and domestic affairs. It is not to be forgotten that the modern Presidency, under whatever party, has had to assume a leadership role undreamed of in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.”

      The author, then-Assistant Attorney General Robert G. Dixon Jr., flagged some other quirks: unlike other defendants, the president could invoke executive privilege and has the pardon power.

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          “The mood in the country is that we can’t let the U.S. run the world, especially if it’s run by someone like Trump,” said François Heisbourg, a former French presidential adviser on national security and defense. “When an ally treats its allies like enemies, you have a problem.”




          THIS IS A PROBLEM! We, the People of The United States of America, are allowing an idiot of a conman and a crook to dismantle our democracy and our global reputation.

          I understand Muller's desire to conduct a methodical investigation of whether or not Trump and his campaign team, the GOP and republican operatives conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election and undermine the democratic process in the USA. However, given the power of the office of the president, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

          Trump and republicans are pushing Mueller to end the investigation because they KNOW Trump is as guilty as hell, and they don't want to lose political power along with their crooked political leader. The rest of us should be even more eager for Mueller to end the investigation AND indict, not only Trump, but everyone in the USA who participated in the coup, including congressional republicans who have been covering for him, in order to preserver and protect our very democracy. Not only Trump, but the entire GOP is doing great harm to not only U.S. democracy, but to world democracy. We MUST ACCEPT that 40% or more of our fellow Americans are either too corrupt or too ignorant to care or understand how they are DESTROYING the USA.

          Personally, I have grown tired of continually pointing out the damage and I don't care to repeat them in this post. However, this is very serious.

          https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/as-tensions-with-trump-deepen-europe-wonders-if-america-is-lost-for-good/ar-AAxw4Je?ocid=spartandhp

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          Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights

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              This outrageous decision is a direct result of McConnell stealing a SCOTUS nomination from President Obama


              https://www.npr.org/2018/05/21/605012795/supreme-court-decision-delivers-blow-to-workers-

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              Trump Just Committed Obstruction Of Justice By Tweeter

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                  Trump just tweeted that he will officially instruct DOJ tomorrow to investigate the DOJ under the Obama administration for survelling people connected with the Trump campaign and their conspiracy with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Whether Trump follows through on this treat or not, it is a public display of obstruction of justice. I understand that Trump and his advisers are too ignorant to understand this is obstruction of justice, but ignorance in not excuse for committing a crime.

                  What what do Congress and the Justice Department do about this tweet? DOJ can refuse to investigate itself, but what does Congress do? The current republican Congress will do NOTHING. This makes it even more critical that Democrats who are running for Congress in November as well as current congressional Democrats talk about impeachment NOW. Contrary to what Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders and others are saying about it being too early to talk about impeachment, the exact opposite is the case.

                  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/20/donald-trump-demands-probe-whether-fbi-infiltrated/

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                  Our Children Are Dying, While Guns Are Thriving.

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                      Today we see another mass gun slaughter - again in a school; again the dead are our children. This is the 22nd of its kind in our country in just the past half a year, while the government, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and many gunners stand firm against allowing our country to have any gun regulations that will make a difference. The only thing we get from them is "more guns."

                      Could it be more clear that the current administration, as they hand hold with the NRA, has no intention of ever doing anything to stop the massacres?

                      Time has provided us with a timeline of gun control laws in America, (beginning in 1791) and why we used to be safe from guns, but are NOT any longer. It is worth becoming familiar with this timeline.

                      I will start in 1994, when an attempt was made to keep assault weapons out of the public sphere. Unfortunately this was temporary, and expired in 2004.

                      By 2003 the Tiahart Amendment "prohibited the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco) from publicly releasing information of where criminals bought their firearms, and only allowed LE or prosecutors to see that information. Efforts to repeal this Amendment have failed.

                      “The law effectively shields retailers from lawsuits, academic study and public scrutiny,” The Washington Post wrote in 2010. “It also keeps the spotlight off the relationship between rogue gun dealers and the black market in firearms.”

                      By 2005 George W. Bush signed into law the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which kept gun makers from being named in federal or state civil suits by those who were victims of gun crimes.

                      The first provision of this law is “to prohibit causes of action against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition products, and their trade associations, for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products or ammunition products by others when the product functioned as designed and intended.” It also dismissed pending cases on October 26, 2005.

                      In 2008 we got Heller. Heller changed a 70 year precedent! Heller gave us the “individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia.”

                      District of Columbia v. Heller essentially changed a nearly 70-year precedent set by Miller in 1939. While the Miller ruling focused on the “well regulated militia” portion of the Second Amendment (known as the “collective rights theory” and referring to a state’s right to defend itself), Heller focused on the “individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia.”

                      Heller challenged the constitutionality of a 32-year-old handgun ban in Washington, D.C., and found, “The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment.”

                      It did not however nullify other gun control provisions. “The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms,” stated the ruling.

                      Those of us who want gun control, could start with Heller! There are too many laws protecting guns, and too few that protect our children.

                      http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

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                          Our children are now learning ways to survive a school shooting rampage; not from a foreign enemy, but from people in the own communities, including neighbors and fellow students.

                          Yes, this is war all right - but it is a war among our own people; a war against school children brought on by the easy access to killing machines that we call guns. The National Rifle Association and the current administration has made it so easy to get a gun that almost anyone has access to them.

                          In todays world, our children are no longer safe in school. They are aware of the cause of these shootings and their vulnerability to the cause - - guns and the ease with which many have access and use.

                          While this edited TIME article is focusing primarily on high school students, we know that the Sandy Hook slaughter of elementary school students has also shown us that NO age child is safe in their schools from being killed by gun fire.

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                          An active shooter drill in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Students across the country have added surviving mass shootings to their calculus.CreditJohn Roark/The Idaho Post-Register, via Associated Press
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                          By Audra D. S. Burch, Amy Harmon and Trip Gabriel
                          May 20, 2018. (edited)

                          Just hours after a gunman killed 10 people at a Texas high school, two students 1,000 miles away worried about the safety of their usual seats in the school cafeteria.

                          “We sit at the table closest to the doors,” Calysta, 17, said as she took in a softball game. “In the case that you came in as a shooter and you killed the first person you saw, I would die. I would not make it.”It is an unnerving, new consideration born from the grim, steady beat of mass shootings across the country — the last two 93 days apart on high school campuses in Florida and Texas. As the reality of school violence sinks in, the conversations among many high school students have changed from “This could never happen here” to “What do we do when this happens?”
                          Students raised with the persistence of mass shootings and versed in the protocol of active shooter drills think often of the possibility of a shooting in their schools. Whether they are in English or history class, they routinely consider the safety of their classrooms, even running scenarios in their heads about how likely they are to get shot.

                          Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting nearly six years ago in Newtown, Conn. — when this generation’s high school students were of middle-school age or younger — there have been more than 200 school shootings nationwide, including the recent rampage in Parkland, Fla., which inspired a youth-led movement to reform gun laws.

                          Shootings are so common that students talk in frighteningly practical terms about the location of doors and windows in their classrooms as risk factors. They calculate escape routes. And they ponder hiding spots in wide-open rooms.

                          “It’s like the front lines of a war,” said Emily Rubinstein, a sophomore at a New York high school. “Being seated in front of the classroom could be what makes you live and what makes you die.”

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                          A memorial at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where a gunman opened fire and killed 10 people on Friday.CreditBrendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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                          In response to the early-morning ambush at a high school in Santa Fe, Tex., on Friday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggested schools be redesigned with fewer doors. Had the high school had a single entrance, Mr. Patrick said, the gunman might have been stopped. Mr. Patrick, a Republican, quickly drew criticism from some who said he had minimized the role guns played in the attack.

                          “I just think it’s kind of sad it’s come to this, where every few weeks you hear about something new,” Courtney said.

                          Some students are no longer shocked when they hear of a shooting, considering it simply a tragic part of growing up. A gunman will walk into a high school somewhere in America, and open fire.

                          Eden Hebron, 14, had just finished her A.P. human geography test when she learned of the attack in Texas. Text messages quickly followed.

                          “I read the details — 10 people — and it just broke my heart,” said Eden, who was in a classroom at Stoneman Douglas where three students died. “I know the grief and emptiness they are going through knowing their friends were murdered. I know what it feels like to watch your friend die. No child should ever have to experience this.”

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                          The Parkland kids have shown us the way: Demonstrate! Stand up and tell legislators that they are allowing too many killings of our kids!

                          Vote in the midterms. Help others to vote. Our children's lives demand it. We must make this stop.

                          To read the entire article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/20/us/school-shootings-drills-risks.html

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                          The BBC Just Trolled Donald Trump About The Royal Wedding

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                              Time for a laugh! The BBC tweeted Trump pictures of the crowds who attended the wedding between Prince Harry and American born Meghan Markle side by side the one that is showing those who attended the Inauguration of the Trump, with the comment "Just saying." The contrast is quite startling!

                              Trump Inaugureation
                              View image on TwitterRoyal Wedding

                              BBC Three has had a delightful morning live-tweeting the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But as huge crowds gathered along the route to Windsor Castle to celebrate the royal nupitals, the online channel took a moment to look back across the Atlantic and troll Donald Trump.

                              “Just saying,” the BBC Three account tweeted, along with side-by-side pictures of the Windsor Castle audience and the famously paltry 2017 inauguration crowd on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
                              Shoutout to Sean Spicer, who, seventeen months ago, declared Trump’s crowd “the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period.” Nope.
                              https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/05/the-bbc-just-trolled-donald-trump-and-it-was-epic/

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                              Ted Cruz's Solution To Gun Violence... Please Be Safe

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                                  There are no words more reassuring for the families who just lost loved ones in another massacre than Ted Cruz's words, "Please Be Safe." I am sure the loved ones of our latest batch of victims will be reassured with those words of compassion, "Please Be Safe," while they bury their loved ones.

                                  Finally people are waking up and no longer are willing to listen to those condolences and prayers which are nothing but mere empty words which isn't doing a damn thing to stop these massacres we see going on all too frequently. People are speaking out and some might think their words are harsh but being nice hasn't seemed to work and maybe it's time we up our game and let these law makers like Ted here know exactly how we feel.

                                  Senator Ted Cruz:

                                  "Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along with all first responders on the scene. Please be safe and heed warnings from local officials."

                                  Please be safe? Did Cruz actually post those words? Please be safe? Well Ted there are families whose children will not come home and a teacher whose husband will never see again because, well because it's too late to be safe, they were all killed in yet another senseless massacre at one of our schools. After these young folks and teacher are murdered that is the best Ted could come up with? Please Be Safe?

                                  Take the few minutes necessary and read the tweets because people are letting their law makers know that more empty words aren't acceptable to do anything including to console those who lost loved ones. These words will not stop law makers from accepting massive amounts of money from the NRA or the gun industry. Like one tweet clearly stated, "How about you stop praying and start legislating?" (Myla Tosatto). To me there isn't one tweet that says it more than what Mandy tweeted, "F*ck your prayers & thoughts! Stop taking money from the NRA & protect our children!"

                                  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-sant...


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                                  Trump Betrays Followers - This Time The TrumpGOP Takes The Lead

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                                      It is a virtually daily occurrence now. The farmers who put their "burn it all down" votes behind Trump and his lackies find themselves in an ever worsening position. NAFTA blowing up reduces the ability to export to Mexico and Canada; the trade war with China that is about to enter its second phase; the removal of protections by the EPA that threatens water sources; viciously minded immigration policies that prevent agricultural workers from crossing borders - even legally - to harvest the fields,

                                      And now this Reuters headline:

                                      U.S. FARM BILL FAILS TO PASS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NEXT STEPS UNCLEAR AS SENATE WORKS ON ITS VERSION OF THE LEGISLATION

                                      As expected, the most Right of the GOP wants to reduce (and in some minds, eliminate) SNAP and immigration, because any amount is too much money spent on those who are already hungry and near homeless. It is not just Eisenhower spinning in his grave fast enough to power a small city, but every Republican with a soul who has ever lived who find the extreme Right of the party as villains. Or decades these programs have benefited from bipartisan support, but right now the House Freedom Caucus has taken their testosterone enhancers and are demanding that their thirty members dictate to the rest of the party - and the nation as a whole - the agendas for essentially everything that approaches the floor. This philosophy is purely protectionist and personal, for those most damaged by their arrogance is their own constituents.

                                      And the Party Leadership is finally wondering how to win in November.

                                      Not that this Farm Bill of 2018 was any good to begin with. Articles from small, rural papers around the country related the harm it would do the family farming operations that helped put this Congress in power in the first place. No Democrat voted for the Bill given the extreme reduction in the SNAP program that would further starve those who are already food challenged. It is almost as if the Freedom Thirty took note of the new weight loss rage in Venezuela and want to test the Maduro Diet right here in the poorest counties in America.

                                      The desire to cut spending has become a madness among some of those holding higher offices, to the point where they are in danger of losing touch with their own humanity. Need some money? Hire some accountants to find the trillion bucks or so that the Pentagon has misplaced. The Generals, Admirals and the rest of their cadre knows it's laying around someplace.






                                      GS Jade Barrett, Not so proud Republican and Chairman of the SANE60

                                      #resist #indivisible.

                                      http://www.americanagriculturist.com/farm-bill/pra...

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