This could get interesting real quick. Most of you may or may not already know, but there are at least two outstanding civil lawsuits out there naming Trump as the principal defendant in the Capitol riot. One is a suit brought by multiple members of the Capitol police, along with other police members seeking to hold Traitor tot personally liable for their injuries on January 6th, due to his direct incitement of the mob to go to the Capitol and riot. The other, penned by California congressman Eric Swalwell, with other Democrats signing on, says the same thing for their mental and emotional trauma.
As expected, The Trumpster Fire is in federal appellate court, arguing executive privilege, along with another cheesy excuse, the one that says that Speech to the public in the performance of his official duties is exempt from civil liability. The lower court in the case tossed His Lowness out on his ear.
As you might expect, this isn’t the type of case that the appellate court runs into every day. And they did the intelligent thing. They asked the Department of Justice to prepare an opinion on the legal and constitutional grounds for El Pendejo Presidente’s claims. And they got it today.
And it was worth the wait. I haven’t seen a one-two-punch combination like this since Muhammad Ali sent Sonny Liston to the deck for the last time. Understanding the delicacy of the position they were in, both legally as well as morally, the DOJ took extreme care to avoid any possible hints or suggestions as to the legitimacy of the suits themselves, and instead narrowly tailored their opinion to the exact question that was asked, Trump’s privilege or lack thereof.
And still treated The Cheeto Prophet and his dime store lawyers like tackling dummies. In terms of executive privilege they determined that FrankenTrump failed on two counts. First, the Supreme Court has already ruled that executive privilege rests with the current executive, and not the Loser Emeritus. And second, executive privilege protects presidential speech when he’s discussing policy issues with close advisors and administration officials. Trump was addressing a crowd at what amounted to a political rally.
And then they whacked him like a golf ball. They noted that the presidential speech rule dealt with a President directly speaking to the public on issues directly related to his presidential duties. And nowhere in the Constitution, his oath of office, nor a list of his official duties does it include a clause about Inciting an unruly mob to engage in a violent insurrection in order to stay in power. Trump wasn’t indulging in protected presidential speech, instead he was exercising his 1st Amendment right to free speech. And that doesn’t allow him to incite an insurrection either.
I honestly don’t know how the DOJ could have done it any better. Now we’ll have to wait to see how the appellate court rules. But here’s something to keep an eye open for when the decision comes down.
If the appellate court rules for the plaintiffs, then Trump will almost certainly appeal to the Supreme Court. Which brings him two problems. First, both courts will have agreed on the issue, and the SCOTUS likes to solve disputes, not reaffirm previous rulings. And second, and more importantly, the Roberts court has already ruled on the issue of executive privilege regarding Trump’s myriad lawsuits. And with all the shit on Roberts’ plate right now, he may well decline to become involved, letting the appellate court ruling tand.
If the courts allow these suits to continue, it’s a new nightmare for the Pampers President. It will lead to discovery of documents and other evidence, and an eventual deposition of Trump. And that figures to come smack dab in the middle of all of these other potential trials moving forward. Trump doesn’t have the mental faculties for all of this shit at once.
Man!, talk about accountability! I have said before that I could live without seeing His Lowness in an orange jumpsuit, just so long as I see him humping up to a 4th-floor-cold-water-walk-up in Spanish Chelsea. If successful, these lawsuits would hold Hair Twitler personally responsible for the damages he has caused. And as deeply as his schlock buildings are in hock with multiple mortgages, I doubt he has the scratch. Don’t touch that dial.
I prefer he end up like Job, broke, diseased and told by his wife to curse God and die. Job didn’t deserve to be a pawn in God’s bet with the Satan(accuser), because he was a righteous man. Trump deserves worse, but truly broke, and hounded forever reminds me of a scene in Braveheart. The king issues a directive for his troops “to bring me Wallace! Alive…if possible. Dead? Just as good.”
Um, you “prefer he end up like Job.”
I’m guessing you stopped reading the story because, in the end, Job is REWARDED by God.
Job 42:12-17 (NIV)
“12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years.”
I know the story well. The First Dissident by William Safire is an excellent read on the book. I think I was clear about which circumstances I preferred for frump. By the way…some reward to lose your entire family, etc. He did have the guts his wife and friends did not by challenging God for unjust suffering. However he caved in the end in the presence of the almighty. But he remained righteous. He repented and remained silent. Wise course of action.
Very well put, I believe and pray that Trump recurve what he alone has earned. Thank you, we are on the same page.