Follow. The. Process.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step Chinese proverb Yeah, I know, it’s frustrating. I’m frustrated, you’re frustrated, everybody’s frustrated except for Trump whose the one doing all of the frustrating. But as frustrating as it is right ow, the Democrats are embarking on a process, a process that will lead to benefits down the road. Yesterday, Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Trump’s Ambulance Chaser in Chief, William Barr, in contempt of Congress. I can only assume that Speaker Pelosi will call the sanction to the floor for a full House vote sometime next week, after all of the paperwork is finished. And then it’s off to court. If the Democrats are smart, they won’t even waste time waiting for Barr’s DOJ to “process” the criminal prosecution request before they wipe their ass with it, although there is PR value in forcing the DOJ to appear just as lawless as their head in defying the contempt citation. Immediately following a successful vote in the House, the House should immediately file suit in a civil court, requesting expedited processing. A civil court is where the action is anyway. The civil court can find Barr in contempt of congress, and when Barr fails to comply, now he’s in contempt of court, an entirely different but co-equal branch of government, and the judge can assess fines or even jail Barr for contempt. In Watergate, it took less than 3 months from the time the House filed suit in court for the case to be expedited through the courts to the point that the Supreme Court ruled that Nixon had to turn over the tapes. And it shouldn’t be just Barr either. Chairman Neal should immediately begin contempt of congress proceedings against Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, for refusing to turn over Trump’s tax filings, and start a separate hearing for the IRS Commissioner, who is the one actually named in the statute with responsibility for compliance. And if Don Mcgahn refuses to comply with the documents request, which he already has, and fails to show up to testify, hold him in contempt too. Intel committee chair Adam Schiff should subpoena Diaper Donnie Redux to testify, and when he fails to show up, file contempt proceedings against him too. And if Deutsche Bank and Mazars continue to defy subpoenas after the court rules against the Trump Klan, hold them in contempt too. Because, never lose sight of the fact that President Panty Plucker is the ultimate dumbass. If a major league shortstop had a batting average equal to Trump’s success rate in court, he’d be back in AA ball tomorrow. Executive privilege is not a tarp that you throw over the compost heap, it’s a hankie you use to cover your nose when you sneeze. By claiming executive privilege over everything he has ever uttered since his first outraged holler when the doctor paddled his fat ass, in this as in all things, Trump overreached. And it’s going to cost him. As he just did in his deciding that executive privilege is the hill he’s willing to die on. In US v Nixon, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that executive privilege is not a blanket assertion, that it only applies in limited circumstances, and for limited kinds of communications. And “I […]