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Friday, May 12, 2017

Lying is a crime, Mr. Trump

Joe Scarborough laid it out this morning as I write, Donald Trump has lied before the press at least seven times. Now, the egregious crime is having changed his story about why he fired James Comey. He did so to stop the investigation into his campaign staff and their relationship with Russians who interfered in the American election process.

This is an impeachable crime and Speaker of the House; Paul Ryan is obstructing justice by failing to take actions to impeach him. Furthermore, Speaker Ryan has actively protected and defended Trump while evidence points to his campaigns colluding with Russians to disrupt the Clinton Campaign.

Essential is understanding the relationship between Trump and his company and Russians. That is the subject of alleged Emolument Clause violations that demand a full inspection of his tax records by the FBI in concert with the Treasury and IRS.

Combine what is known from the National Intelligence Service, there is sufficient evidence to pursue an avenue toward impeachment.

Misprision of Fraud is already something that can be proven and understood by average Americans. Trump lied about Mike Flynn. Flynn was an unregistered foreign agent, paid by the Russians when Trump nominated him to National Security Advisor. The Republican Senate rubber stamped Flynn, and that was a dereliction of duty and professional irresponsibility for which the participants must be held accountable.

The splashback from all of this is on the Republican Party and the incumbents who are up for reelection.

Lying by a federal government official is a crime. Trump has lied many times including having made false allegations against the former President. That alone is sufficient to render him and his administration illegitimate.

Now, Paul Ryan's actions require that he recuse himself, and step down as Speaker of the House.

"Joe’s tough message to Republicans 
Joe Scarborough talks about the firing of James Comey and warns Republicans, that "the President is subverting the U.S. constitution, ‘If you allow this to go unchecked, you will be swept aside in 2018.” 


  1. Trump's Comey firing sets off new round of leaks
    President Trump is besieged by internal leaks as he tries to weather the fallout from his firing of FBI director James Comey.

    Media reports about the run-up to Trump’s decision paint him as isolated and consumed by anger and paranoia, prompting questions from Trump allies about whose interests these government officials had in mind when they spoke to the press.

    The behind-the-scenes stories have often undermined the White House’s public reasoning for firing Comey, causing further political trouble for the administration and exacerbating growing divisions between Trump and his law enforcement agencies.

    The Hill

  2. From the horse's mouth.

    Trump floats canceling White House press briefings
    President Trump defended on Thursday morning the slew of contradictions in the White House's account of FBI Director James Comey's firing, suggesting he might cancel "all future 'press briefings'" in the name of accuracy.

    "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!….,” Trump tweeted.