Oh, Strange Bedfellows, Indeed
When will the looters turn on the man who just gave them everything?
Of course, Mr. Trump's criminal activities present no "moral or ethical crisis" to the bitter old white men the GOP has placed in control of Congress. This kind of thing is an everyday affair to them -- "The rocks come with the farm, sucker."
There has never been a similar case. The GOP has demonstrated again and again that both the billionaires who own the Party and the "wanna-be's" who make up the thing's ground troops are completely comfortable with absolutely anything just so long as it is too complicated for the their base's hill billies and bigots to comprehend it.
In better times the task of throwing this con man out of Washington would have fallen to the Democrats, but...darn...after doing essentially nothing for years, the Democrats have now managed to lose all power to do anything -- certainly anything about this. Most of them are, today, even proving themselves too timid to even so much as quietly murmur about the matter.
However, this may not be quite as dismal as it first appears.
The Trumpkin was not nice at all to the GOP political creatures inhabiting the "halls of power" during his admittedly "soiled ascension" to the top job. In fact, they were not nice to him, either.
MeanMesa assumes that it's a fairly low risk prediction that the perpetually unstable Donald will have quite an appetite to "get even" with the old GOP Congressional banksters and other criminals who were so publicly reluctant to "get on board."
Even more interesting, once the narcissistic "maniac wing" of the GOP really begins to inflict political damage, it will become their "patriotic duty" to draw out the long knives and attack to save their own hides. At first, of course, the crackers in the House and Senate may be a little clumsy because this would, if it were actually really happening, be their first effort at acting in their "patriotic duty."
Not a problem. When there's money or power up for grabs on the table, even the GOP's old white men become surprisingly "fast learners."
So, where is their "opening?" Knifing the most powerful man in the world in the back is going to require more than a quick call to the think tank -- especially for these moribund political creatures.
Happily, we find this guy. It is his opinion that the painfully festering Trump chancre can be "surgically excised" from the buttocks of their bosses on K Street in something which can at least be disguised as a somewhat "Constitutional Process."
Our role, of course, is to do everything possible to frighten Donald into a reassuring continuation of his dependably consistent, recklessly vindictive behavior.
Law professor: Already enough evidence to impeach Trump if he becomes president
September 12, 2016
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|Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is interviewed by ABC News on June 16, 2015. [ABC News]|
A legal researcher at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law says that current lawsuits against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are sufficient grounds to impeach him from the presidency if he is elected.
Professor Christopher L. Peterson has found that should Trump win the election in November, he would be vulnerable to impeachment, thanks to fraud and racketeering lawsuits related to the Trump University case.
“In the United States, it is illegal for businesses to use false statements to convince consumers to purchase their services,” Peterson wrote in a paper published Monday titled Trump University and Presidential Impeachment. “The evidence indicates that Trump University used a systemic pattern of fraudulent representations to trick thousands of families into investing in a program that can be argued was a sham.”
“Fraud and racketeering are serious crimes that legally rise to the level of impeachable acts,” he said.
Trump University, say a number of litigants, was billed as a series of seminars with Donald Trump and top real estate professionals that would teach enrollees to wheel and deal in high-value properties and amass millions in profit.
Families were encouraged to take out extravagant loans and max out their credit cards to pay the program’s $30,000 average tuition. Documents have been introduced into evidencethat show that the organization targeted the families of veterans and single mothers as ideal prospects for the scam.
Peterson said that evidence in the case thus far shows that in no way was Trump University an actual educational seminar, but in fact a “sales environment” where enrollees were urged to put more and more of their own money into the program.
“Sales practices at each seminar were systematically designed, painstakingly choreographed, and implemented ruthlessly,” he wrote, based on internal memos between Trump University administrators and staff. “Posing as teachers, sales staff were trained to manipulate students’ emotions in order to sell expensive ‘Trump elite’ packages.”
“Trump University trained staff to find the emotional vulnerabilities of students and exploit those vulnerabilities to sell additional Trump University packages,” he said.
Many attendees were left bankrupt with their credit ruined. Then when they attempted to seek redress, their calls weren’t returned and the company appeared to evaporate into thin air.
“Somehow in the cacophony of the 2016 presidential campaign, no legal academic has yet turned to the question of whether Trump’s alleged behavior would, if proven, rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the impeachment clause of the United States Constitution,” said Peterson, who specializes in consumer protection and litigation of predatory scams.
·Fraud and racketeering are serious crimes. Both fraud and racketeering are considered felonies under state and federal law. First-degree fraud is punishable by up to four years in prison in Trump’s home state of New York. Racketeering is punishable by up to 20 years in prison under federal law.
·Civil cases can legally inform Congress on whether impeachment is justified. The U.S. Constitution has never required criminal conviction prior to impeachment proceedings.
·Impeachment for pre-incumbency conduct is legally permissible under the U.S. Constitution. Nothing in the Constitution’s text requires impeachable conduct to have occurred while the president is in office. The framers rejected alternative formulations of impeachable offenses that included limitations to incumbent activity.
Peterson has written multiple books on consumer protection and predatory scams, including Consumer Law: Cases and Materials and Taming the Sharks: Towards a Cure for the High Cost Credit Market.