Speaking of Overreach in the Executive Branch …

 

There are several conversations going on about the declaration of a national emergency by President Trump last week. Many folks are in high dudgeon about this executive “overreach.” Many Congressfolk, who heretofore have talked about and around, and ultimately did nothing about the border crisis for decades, are outraged that a President would act. ‘I mean, yeah sure it is a crisis or an emergency, but it is up to the legislature to solve, not the President. Haaaruuumppfff!’ Quite embarrassing for them, in light of the fact they have done squat about it legislatively for over 18 years now.

But, I digress. Let’s examine another executive branch action that has clearly overreached. And likely illegally.

It seems that another member of our FBI is out with a book and a book tour. Reminiscent of the bumbling tone-deaf Jim Comey, here comes Andy McCabe. Yes, that Andy McCabe. Liar. Fired. Husband of the wife whom Hillary and the Dems gave $700,000 to run as a Democrat in Virginia. This good friend and colleague of smarmy Rod Rosenstein, with whom he is now arguing about who was going to wear the “wire” to somehow trap their boss, the President of the United States of America, and invoke the 25th Amendment on a sitting president. All because he appropriately fired their previous boss. It is complicated.

Well, during his book tour and celebrity interviews he has revealed many details of this subterfuge and overreach. Here’s Rich Lowry, no Trumpist by any stretch, writing at National Review (not Breitbart or American Greatness):

First of all, Trump obviously was perfectly capable of discharging his duties; he just discharged them in a way alarming to McCabe and Rosenstein. His response to an effort by his Cabinet to join such an exercise would have been to fire anyone involved, which he could have done because, again, he wasn’t incapacitated …

Consider the lunacy of this: By providing Trump with a memo justifying Comey’s firing, Rosenstein participated in the scheme that the FBI considered a possible crime, or the culmination of a Russian plot. Then Rosenstein turned around and appointed a special counsel, whom he oversaw, to investigate the possible crime to which he was a party.

It is time for the special counsel to end. It is time for multiple G-men to go to jail. This is a witch hunt.

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  1. Misthiocracy secretly Member
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    Columbo: Many Congressfolk, who heretofore have talked about and around, and ultimately did nothing about the border crisis for decades, are outraged that a President would act. ‘I mean, yeah sure it is a crisis or an emergency, but it is up to the legislature to solve, not the President. Haaaruuumppfff!’ Quite embarrassing for them, in light of the fact they have done squat about it legislatively for over 18 years now.

    They’re the ones with the power to reverse the President’s order.  If it’s such an egregious order then there should be zero difficulty getting the requisite two-thirds majority in both houses.

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  2. Guruforhire Member
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    I don’t get Rosenstein.  He is either a malevolent actor, or a well meaning mediocrity caught up in a hall of mirrors inside of a fun house of crazy slowly sinking into a fever swamp.

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Columbo: (not Breitbart or American Greatness) …

    Just an FYI for anyone not reading American Greatness. AG just had two articles that were critical of Trump. 

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  4. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    I have been making the argument that Trump can do the job for months now. Yet people on this site are determined to call him “Unfit”. Even seen him get clinical diagnoses from members. 

     

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  5. Jager Coolidge
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I have been making the argument that Trump can do the job for months now. Yet people on this site are determined to call him “Unfit”. Even seen him get clinical diagnoses from members.

     

    Yeah there is a big difference between unable to do the job and doing the job in a way I don’t like. 

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  6. Misthiocracy secretly Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    I have been making the argument that Trump can do the job for months now.

    But, he’s gotta keep doing the job for more than just a few months!

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  7. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Columbo: It is time for the special counsel to end. It is time for multiple G-men to go to jail. This is a witch hunt.

    Back when Mueller was appointed, I told Donald — he doesn’t mind if I call him that — that he should give the man a time limit, say 18 months, after which Mueller would have to end his investigation and share whatever he had discovered. It shouldn’t take more than twice as long to conduct the investigation as the combined span of the campaign and administration at the time the investigation was initiated.

    Did he listen to me? No, he did not. (And not for the first time, either.)

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  8. Ed G. Member
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    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I don’t get Rosenstein. He is either a malevolent actor, or a well meaning mediocrity caught up in a hall of mirrors inside of a fun house of crazy slowly sinking into a fever swamp.

    Agreed. I suspect it more likely that he’s just a sleepy swampy mediocrity who was played by the more predatory swamp creatures.

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  9. Ed G. Member
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    Columbo: It is time for the special counsel to end. It is time for multiple G-men to go to jail. This is a witch hunt.

    Not only firing and jail for swamp creatures, but exposure for all the enablers in media too. Are the conservative pundits and outlets gearing up for it? If not then shame on them. 

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  10. Misthiocracy secretly Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    Did he listen to me? No, he did not. (And not for the first time, either.)

    He does seem to have a habit of turning his back on his most insightful advisers.

    ;-)

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  11. cdor Member
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    Columbo: Here’s Rich Lowry, no Trumpist by any stretch, writing at National Review (not Breitbart or American Greatness):

    Hey Colombo, what’s wrong with American Greatness?

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  12. cdor Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    Did he listen to me? No, he did not. (And not for the first time, either.)

    @henryracette, if only I had known, you could have contacted me. The Donald and I have kinda what you might call a special  relationship. For example, during the last shutdown I had to use some influence. The wife and I were about to take our annual flight from frigidity to the warmth and sunshine of the Pacific coast of Mexico. Well I was noticing that the shutdown was beginning to interfere with airline travel. Something had to be done, I had waited as long as I could. Finally, three days before our scheduled departure, well shall we say…the call just had to be made. Politics or no, right or wrong, the wife cannot be forced to suffer uncomfortable delays. Thanks for your help, Mr. President.

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  13. Columbo Member
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    cdor (View Comment):

    Columbo: Here’s Rich Lowry, no Trumpist by any stretch, writing at National Review (not Breitbart or American Greatness):

    Hey Colombo, what’s wrong with American Greatness?

    I love it. There are detractors at Rico.

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  14. DonG Coolidge
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    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I don’t get Rosenstein. He is either a malevolent actor, or a well meaning mediocrity caught up in a hall of mirrors inside of a fun house of crazy slowly sinking into a fever swamp.

    The cynical view is that Rosenstein committed crimes in approving FISA warrants and to cover his crimes brought in his old friend Mueller, who has a track record of punishing the innocent and letting the guilty skate.  Like McCabe and Ohr, Rosenstein also has a spouse on the Clinton payroll. 

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  15. Misthiocracy secretly Member
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    Columbo (View Comment):

    cdor (View Comment):

    Columbo: Here’s Rich Lowry, no Trumpist by any stretch, writing at National Review (not Breitbart or American Greatness):

    Hey Colombo, what’s wrong with American Greatness?

    I love it. There are detractors at Rico.

    If you want three opinions, ask two Ricochet members.

    ;-)

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  16. Rōnin Coolidge
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    DonG (View Comment):

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I don’t get Rosenstein. He is either a malevolent actor, or a well meaning mediocrity caught up in a hall of mirrors inside of a fun house of crazy slowly sinking into a fever swamp.

    The cynical view is that Rosenstein committed crimes in approving FISA warrants and to cover his crimes brought in his old friend Mueller, who has a track record of punishing the innocent and letting the guilty skate. Like McCabe and Ohr, Rosenstein also has a spouse on the Clinton payroll.

    YOUR NOT THE BOSS OF ME!!!  I do what I want.

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  17. Ed G. Member
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    Rōnin (View Comment):

    DonG (View Comment):

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I don’t get Rosenstein. He is either a malevolent actor, or a well meaning mediocrity caught up in a hall of mirrors inside of a fun house of crazy slowly sinking into a fever swamp.

    The cynical view is that Rosenstein committed crimes in approving FISA warrants and to cover his crimes brought in his old friend Mueller, who has a track record of punishing the innocent and letting the guilty skate. Like McCabe and Ohr, Rosenstein also has a spouse on the Clinton payroll.

    YOUR NOT THE BOSS OF ME!!! I do what I want.

    I hear that the feds are great at putting on the pressure in order to get people to cooperate. How high up does the coup-by-hoax go? Is Barr gonna try to find out? I don’t think any of these people would do well in federal prison.

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  18. Flicker Coolidge
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    Misthiocracy secretly (View Comment):

    Columbo: Many Congressfolk, who heretofore have talked about and around, and ultimately did nothing about the border crisis for decades, are outraged that a President would act. ‘I mean, yeah sure it is a crisis or an emergency, but it is up to the legislature to solve, not the President. Haaaruuumppfff!’ Quite embarrassing for them, in light of the fact they have done squat about it legislatively for over 18 years now.

    They’re the ones with the power to reverse the President’s order. If it’s such an egregious order then there should be zero difficulty getting the requisite two-thirds majority in both houses.

    Quite.  If they themselves can just end it, appropriately, following the law they themselves wrote, why are they having to sue?  There’s no legal conflict.  If the congress doesn’t stop it, doesn’t that indicate the congress as a whole isn’t bothered enough to fix it?  So why go to the courts?  The courts should ask this question.

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  19. Flicker Coolidge
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I have been making the argument that Trump can do the job for months now. Yet people on this site are determined to call him “Unfit”. Even seen him get clinical diagnoses from members.

    Only six of them.  Not enough to convict.

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  20. Rōnin Coolidge
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Rōnin (View Comment):

    DonG (View Comment):

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I hear that the feds are great at putting on the pressure in order to get people to cooperate. How high up does the coup-by-hoax go? Is Barr gonna try to find out? I don’t think any of these people would do well in federal prison.

    I think the whole end-game here is to protect Hillary, and ultimately Obama, at all cost.  Obama knows that if Hillary and/or Bill start feeling the heat, they will have no problems throwing him under the bus.

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