Trump Acquitted, Sets Loose The Hounds!

Seething Rage.
(image courtesy Scissorhead MonkeyFister)

It’s a sad day for the republic. Axios email thingie has some reactions:

  • “This opens the door for not only President Trump but future presidents to use the vast powers of the federal government against political targets,” said Ken Hughes, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
  • Justin Rood, director of the Congressional Oversight Initiative at the Project on Government Oversight, said the acquittal vote will “forcefully reduce Congress’ power to its lowest point in modern history. And it virtually ensures it will stay there for a generation.”
  • “It will be a long, difficult, grueling fight for both chambers to regain powers they once had,” said Rood, who worked as an investigator for former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn.

One of the biggest concerns is that Trump was able to stall Congress successfully, not just on witnesses with direct knowledge of what happened, but on documents that could have provided more detailed evidence.

  • That means Trump would be an example of “stonewalling Congress with legal impunity,” said Peter Shane, a law professor at Ohio State University and an expert on executive power. But the ultimate fallout is still to be determined, Shane said — because “if Trump loses in November or the Democrats retake Senate control, the precedent of ‘acquittal’ would become ambiguous.”

The other side: Retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, whose legacy will now be shaped in part by his decision to block witnesses in the Senate trial despite stating that he thinks the president “did it,” told Axios he disagrees with the experts.

  • Instead, he think’s Trump’s acquittal sends a message to the House of Representatives: “Don’t send us half-baked, partisan impeachments,” Alexander said.
  • “If we allow the establishment of a weapon of perpetual impeachment, it would destabilize the presidency, it would bring business in the Senate to a halt, and it would make the House of Representatives much more powerful than the Constitution imagined.”
  • Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana maintained Congress still has an oversight role: “Does anything anybody think that if the president proposed something that would be untoward his advisors would not push back vigorously?”
  • When reminded that Trump’s advisors didn’t push back vigorously, Cassidy said: “I’m using future tense, okay? If people think that there’s gonna be oversight, they tend to mind P’s and Q’s.”

The bottom line: Trump’s trial will serve as a precedent for future impeachments — and by Democrats’ own admission, the impeachment effort, which they knew would fail in the Senate, will have a permanent impact on the power of congressional oversight.

  • “His continuing obstruction is a threat to the oversight and investigatory powers of the House and Senate, and if left unaddressed will permanently and dangerously alter the balance of power,” House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, said during his closing arguments on Monday.
  • “What are the odds if left in office that he will continue trying to cheat? I will tell you: 100 percent,” Schiff said. “If you have found him guilty and you do not remove him from office, he will continue trying to cheat in the election until he succeeds. Then what shall you say?”

What to watch: Just because the impeachment trial has ended does not mean that the bitter debate over whether Trump’s actions toward Ukraine were justified dies with it.

  • Some Democrats have singled a desire to continue investigating Trump and pushing for more information from key aides, while some Republicans, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, are just as hungry for Hunter Biden’s blood.

And now for the REVENGE!



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5 Responses to Trump Acquitted, Sets Loose The Hounds!

  1. R White says:

    “This opens the door for not only President Trump but future presidents to use the vast powers of the federal government against political targets,”

    That would only apply to morally bankrupt republicans. Democrats are still held to the antiquated laws enshrined in our tattered and outdated constitution that republicans often wipe their filthy asses with in defiance while the worthless beltway media looks the other way.

    Maybe enough ‘muricans are finally weary of the non-stop chaos and corruption and will vote the useless assholes out of office. However, after seeing the video of the elderly woman who cast a ballot for Buttigieg (who has basically campaigned there non-stop for the last year) during the Iowa caucus only to want to change her vote after learning he is gay, I’m not so confident…

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    • How the hell does someone in Iowa *NOT KNOW that [GAY] Pete [GAY] Buttegeig [GAY] is [GAY] gay? I htink it was the first plank in his platform

      However I still deeply worry that the vast majority of ‘muricans are firmly in the camp of “a pox on both their houses” because that’s whats drummed into their minds by every media outlet in existence. BOTHSIDES über alles!

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  2. The impeachment was hardly ‘half-baked’, and it was only “partisan” in the sense that the House Republicans are every bit the corrupt tools that the Senate ones are.

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  3. Game On. Freedom is not free. Gotta fight for democracy.

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  4. Borie says:

    …impeachment…(it) would bring business in the Senate to a halt…

    The utter gall of that fucker; someone tell me what bills the Senate has passed to the oval office in the last 11-12 years other than a.) The Billions For Billionaires bill, b) yearly appropriations (though only when absolutely forced to), and c) an emended NAFTA.




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