[USA] the flaccid response

Subject: [USA] the flaccid response
From: rsw@therandymon.com (RS Wood)
Newsgroups: dictator.america
Organization: The Dictator's Handbook
Date: Jun 06 2018 19:25:38

Today, the greatest threat to the rule of law is not the reckless claim
by Trump’s lawyers of presidential immunity, or the erratic Sunday-show
ruminations of his lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. What is weakening our
government under law is the flaccid response that key players in our
system are making to Trump’s above-the-law assertions.

A few hours after the Trump memo went public — along with a tacit
acknowledgment that the White House had lied about the president’s role
in generating a false statement about a meeting with Russians at Trump
Tower — the leading candidate to become the next speaker of the House,
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), declined to criticize
either the White House lies or the extraordinary claims by the
president’s legal team. Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said this
abdication of responsibility “disqualified” McCarthy to hold the office
of speaker. As The Post’s Jennifer Rubin recently noted, congressional
Republicans who had no trouble accusing Obama of “obstruction of
justice” for a wide array of acts now take the view that a president
has unlimited power to block any investigation of his choosing.

Over on the Senate side, some Republicans have finally started to talk
about reining in Trump — but they seem unwilling to do much more than
talk. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) tweeted that he was working on how to
“push back on the president using authorities in ways that were never
intended.” Corker’s tweet followed a speech given by his Senate
colleague, Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who accused Trump of debasing the
presidency due to “only a passing familiarity with how the Constitution


Date Subject  Author
06.06. * [USA] the flaccid responseRS Wood
07.06. +- Re: [USA] the flaccid responseJAB
15.06. `- Re: [USA] the flaccid responseJAB

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