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Opinion: Is a blow-job more of a constitutional crisis, than actual foreign interference?

I know that the one time the world was following an impeachment of an American President, live and in living-colour was back in the 1990s. Those was the days of Kool-Aid and a Presidential Affair turned into a Constitutional Crisis. This because the Republican Senators and Representatives took their shot at the Democratic Party President William J. Clinton.

They started impeachment inquiry in December 1998 over his affair in the oval office with a White House Intern Monica Lewinsky. By the end of February 2019, the whole case got acquitted, even after strong intentions and will from both Ken Starr and others to get rid Clinton. Still, it didn’t work.

Today in 2019 were seeing a move in this way today’s lucky bastard, Donald J. Trump, whose character and actions can be put into question. As his will to use Russian help, coordinated efforts and the investigation of over 2 years have shown. Still, the Congress is hell-bent on not acting upon it.

So, by this definition, in the 1990s a blow-job by an intern is more dire, than actually a foreign intervention and direct corrupt behaviour of present day government. Surely, in hindsight, people will say they would have supported the impeachment of Trump. But right now, the gravy-train, the slow train of reform isn’t there. It wasn’t as needed, as the strike and the fury of the acts of Clinton.

Sure, it was bad. He destroyed nearly his marriage to Hillary. He showed a lack of character and that he could misuse his power to get a happy ending. Well, the current day President has gotten a lot more and done a lot more in return. The President haven’t tried to stop a possible intervention in the up-coming elections in 2020. Neither has he tried to make the sanctions nor react to all the intelligence shown, that the Russians did interfere the previous election for the benefit of Trump.

Also, the obvious case of obstruction of justice, the ill-behaviour and the misuse of office. There is enough deeds to put this White House and this Administration under question. Clearly a long bucket list of foreign affairs and donations, sudden strikes of corporate deals done and to top-it off, the pay-to-play acts done by Trumps. Surely shows that the Tea-Pot Dome Scandal was only a fluke, but a daily occurrence in this government.

That is why the Congress, the House of Representatives should start an Impeachment Inquiry, where they will put the President under subpoena and by a grand jury to investigate the possible misdeeds of the President, as the Congress can do.

A CRS Report of 2005 states this: The focus of the impeachment inquiry is to determine whether the person involved has engaged in treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. If the House Committee on the Judiciary, by majority vote, determines that grounds for impeachment exist, a resolution impeaching the individual in question and setting forth specific allegations of misconduct, in one or more articles of impeachment, will be reported to the full House” (CRS Report for Congress – ‘An Overview of the Impeachment Process’ 20.04.2005).

This is clear on the memo. As the Congress and House Committee of the Judiciary and the House Representatives can start an inquiry and start an investigation into the President. To see if there is evidence of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Just like in the past when they checked the blow-jobs of Clinton. In today’s world, the House of Representatives has to see if they can find clear evidence and in the collected reports of Special Counsel Robert Mueller; if there is anything that is criminal. This can be done by them. As there been plenty on the Trump Team and Campaign staff, which have been implicated in the probe and even sentenced ever since. This is why, with the knowledge of this and the secrecy, not only the release of all the volumes of the report. Plus the trying to deflect it all and overshadow the evidence collected. There is surely more to shed a light on, an underworld the President doesn’t want the public to know. Just like his hidden tax-returns, which is more secret than the golden showers in Moscow.

Alas, there is a need to start the proceedings, that is if a blow-job in the oval office is more critical to the state, than foreign interference from the Kremlin. Peace.

ANC Veteran Cheryl Carolus calls for Zuma to step down (Youtube-Clip)

“JOHANNESBURG, 7 April 2016 – ANC veteran Cheryl Carolus has added her voice to calls for President Jacob Zuma to go. She spoke to eNCA’s Iman Rappetti on Wednesday” (eNCA, 2016).

Apology accepted, ANC NWC tells Zuma (Youtube-Clip)

“JOHANNESBURG, 5 April 2016 – The ANC’s extended National Working Committee meeting has resolved to accept the President’s apology. Now it will be up to the party’s branches to either reject or accept this decision” (eNCA, 2016).

Press Statement: “Impeachment: MPs must put Constitution and South Africa First” (04.04.2016)

DA 04.04.2016

Following last week Thursday’s landmark Constitutional Court judgement, Members of Parliament (MPs) have an important opportunity to restore Parliament’s reputation and indeed that of South Africa’s democracy by voting in favour of the motion tomorrow to impeach President Jacob Zuma in terms of Section 89 of the Constitution.

This is the first time in our country’s democratic history that Parliament will vote on a Section 89 motion to remove the President. This is fundamentally different from a motion of no confidence, as it requires one or more of the following grounds to be established: 

“(a) a serious violation of the Constitution or the law;

(b) serious misconduct; or

(c) inability to perform the functions of office.”

This motion, if successful, will also mean that President Zuma will not be able to receive the benefits he would have usually received when he leaves office. It is therefore a sanction. This sanction is an important check and balance provided to our Parliament, as the representatives of the people, to stop brazen abuse of power by any President.

All our MPs, regardless of political affiliation, must take this option seriously. When President Zuma violated the Constitution he threatened the very fabric of our constitutional democracy. As the elected representatives of the people, we must stand together and send a message that this will not be tolerated.

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To do this is not just a recommendation. It is a requirement of our Constitution. When we were elected to Parliament, we swore an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution. Tomorrow, we must remember that oath and that we serve the South African people, and the Constitution, not Jacob Zuma.

As the DA, we therefore call upon Members of Parliament, representatives of the people of South Africa, on either side of the House, as well as society as a whole, to mobilise to support this motion of impeachment to remove Jacob Zuma from the highest office in the Republic when this matter is before the House tomorrow afternoon.

It is now time to put South Africa and the Constitution first again. Anything less will be an insult to our Constitutional Democracy, which so many people fought and died for.

Democratic Alliance press statement by
Phumzile Van Damme MP
DA National Spokesperson

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