The South dominated Congress and the presidency for much of the time from the 1789 founding up to the election of 1860. When it lost the 1860 Presidential election to the Republican party of Lincoln, rather than accept the results as the opposition parties and candidates had done, the South rejected the election and went for a coup, the Confederate secession. Progressives today are imitating the Confederacy by rejecting the 2016 elections of President Trump and two Republican dominated houses of Congress. With the exception of the secessionist movement in California, they for now are using slightly less overt means. But as the constitutional scholar Randy Barnett points out, a coup it is (hat tip Powerline).
Alan M. Dershowitz, professor of law emeritus at Harvard Law School, writes that
“SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN may be provoking a constitutional conflict between the legislative and executive branches of our government. The California Democrat has said that Congress is investigating whether President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice by firing FBI Director James Comey and taking other actions to halt the Russian investigation….Feinstein does not seem to understand that under our constitutional system of separation of powers, the president cannot be charged with a crime for merely exercising his authority under Article 2 of the Constitution. This authority includes firing the director of the FBI, for whatever reason or no reason. It also includes the authority to tell prosecutors who to prosecute and who not to. A president’s motives may not be the basis for a criminal charge. Nor is it proper to psychoanalyze the president in a search for possible evil motives.”
Special Counsel Mueller investigation is leading edge of Progressive coup
“On Fox News Tuesday night, Laura Ingraham reported that yet another one of Robert Mueller’s deputies in his Russia investigation is compromised due to her track record as a blatant partisan,” Pajamas Media writes:
Jeannie Rhee, who was hired by Mueller last summer to work on the probe, was the personal attorney of Ben Rhodes and also represented the Clinton Foundation, Ingraham revealed. ‘This information will put further pressure on Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller to resign.’
Rhee is the third member of the Mueller team this week who has been shown to be brazenly partisan. Two other members of the team have been revealed as highly questionable hires in recent days as well — Peter Strzok, an anti-Trumper who helped exonerate Hillary Clinton, and Andrew Weissmann, an unscrupulous prosecutor who told outgoing acting Attorney General Sally Yates in an email that he was “proud” of her for defying President Trump’s travel ban.
Fox News also reports that new documents reveal the hitherto unpublicized extent of the FBI leadership’s coverup of the notorious June 26, 2016 tarmac meeting of Bill Clinton with Obama Attorney General Lynch. A little over a week later, on July 5, 2016, “FBI Director James Comey said…that he would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers while secretary of state, removing a huge shadow hovering over her presidential campaign,” CNN reported.
The American Spectator calls for Trump to shut down the Mueller investigation, pardon General Flynn, and fire the corrupt Justice Department and FBI leadership, including “assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and assistant FBI director Andrew McCabe.”
Former George W. Bush campaign director and White House official Karl Rove, however, writes in today’s Wall Street Journal that
“Firing Mr. Mueller would be a terrible idea. Already, 49% of Americans believe “Mr. Trump himself committed a crime,” according to a November poll by the Washington Post and ABC News. Firing the special counsel would only make Mr. Trump look as if he has something to hide. Firing him would put Mr. Trump’s already pitiful approval rating—about 39% in the Real Clear Politics average—in the gutter, never to recover.”
But what if the President replaced Mueller with a respected non-partisan individual — a judge perhaps — with no ties to personnel in the FBI and Justice Department? And set a reasonable date for the winding up of the investigation?
Meanwhile, a former CIA officer eviscerates the Steele dossier that was used to trigger the Russian collusion investigation that Mueller is directing. The FBI leadership may also be covering up the investigation of Democratic National Staffer Seth Rich’s murder. Rich, not Russian hackers, is believed to have transmitted the emails stolen from the DNC and sent to Wikileaks. A revenge assassination seems likely. (hat tips: Eaglebeak)
Click here to go to yesterday’s Founders Broadsheet (“Another anti-Trump partisan on Mueller team revealed”)