Trump-Ukraine: Sen. Ron Wyden letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (11.02.2020)

Trump-Ukraine: Statement by Ambassador David Pressman, Partner at Boles Schiller Flexner LLP, counsel to LTC Alexander Vindman (07.02.2020)

There are now two things the Unites States can stop doing after acquitting President Trump!

The United States of America and their government, the Trump Administration and everyone involved. Can stop two things now. Because, it will not be sincere since they are not caring about these values at home.

The US Government cannot complain if a President elsewhere is misusing their powers or abusing the office for personal gain. As the Republican Party and their allies. Since they acquitted President Donald J. Trump on misuse of power yesterday. Also, the obstruction of Congress. Both articles he was acquitted off.

This gives the world a view into how the US Government lacks self-awareness, as USAID and other agencies are supposed to teach governance, rule of law and democracy. As the Senate shown the world, that it doesn’t matter internally.

That the Trump administration is the most corrupt in living memory. Using the Presidency to earn currency on all his businesses, that he spends half of his time on own properties and let state safety organizations paying for lodging. That the Trump Administration are getting lobbyist and corporate sponsors into committee’s and appointed positions to control and self govern their own respective fields.

While the Trump administration openly says arms trade, secret inside dealings and whatnot, can buy that foreign affairs polices. Instead of actually having any sense of the matters. That’s why the Trump administration and the US cannot teach anyone anything with consideration to their own conscience.

The US is now a corrupted, flawed, in-bread system, where the in-laws and family members of the President plays footie with the White House. Where Jared Kushner plays mediator and diplomat, while the Ivanka Trump tries to act like a secretary. Secretary Mike Pompeo tries to act holy, but is not accountable just like his boss.

This Presidency speaks loud, but acts vile. The attempts to get transparency in the Ukraine dealings proves the extortion and the abuse of office. The GOP wouldn’t give way. The Senate who acquitted him, didn’t even call upon witnesses nor get any more production of evidence. As the White House has stonewalled that from the get-go. That is common knowledge, as all production there comes through FOIA and the ones daring to use that for more information. Because, its not like the President nor his cabinet are willingly delegating the documents of any subpoena. We seen that over time.

With this in mind. The world knows the ills of the Trump administration. The acts, where the President can be as corrupted as he wants. Where there is no checks- and balances on his power. He can misuse and abuse his office. There is no legal ramification of his actions. Therefore, if the US bitch about actions of others.

They better first clean up their act at home. That is the mere reality of it all. That the impeachment was without value. They didn’t even try to do it properly and covering it up instead. That’s the act of a rouge government, not an open and transparent one. Which they always ask of the rest of the world to be. They are insincere with their actions and they should clean their own steps, before asking others to pass through.

Why the world cares about these values, when Washington D.C. and the ones governing there would care a single cent about it? Why does the world need to act accountable and get lessons learned by the Americans, when they clearly don’t give a flying fuck themselves?

If they cared about rule of law, be against abuse of office and corruption. They would have handled it differently, but its all mere talk. Unless, its about themselves and then they got to deal with it. Which they clearly will not do. Because, the royal highness has a bunch of loyal yes men in the Capitol and they are all kissing his ring. Peace.

Trump-Ukraine: The Senate killed the impeachment articles

There was no trial, was no real courtship in this manner. Because, if there would be. There would need to more needing factors, which was non-existent in this manner. There was no new witnesses called into question and neither any production of documents. Meaning, there was no discovery nor search for evidence, which could either proven innocent nor determined the guilt of the President.

However, the Republican Party and their Senators has been more inclined to spend time spreading conspiracy theories, than having an actual trial. Instead of looking into the merits, the declining and disregarding White House. Whose used of “Executive Privilege” have stopped witnesses from appearing the in House and now in the Senate. The same with the production of papers and answering to House subpoena’s. It is not like the fairness nor the quality of proceedings was ever there.

What is known is the misuse of office, abuse of the role of the President and extorting the Ukrainian President for favours in own election in 2020. That the Republic Party doesn’t want to take down their own at this point was expected. But that they didn’t even wanted to try him properly. Really show their insincere and lack of respect of rule of law. These men are lawmakers who cannot even care to follow statutes, limitations nor think of the consequences of letting a corrupt President off the hook.

The final resolution which is leaked to the Press from Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is just a testament to the closure and lack of will to the right thing. This is acquitting the President without even trying him. They didn’t even conceal it or forge anything. They just let him off the hook. So, he can do another crooked thing another day.

The Republican Party and its SENATORS can never ever, in their mind or spirit. Speak of the value of the Constitution nor the Rule of Law. Laws doesn’t matter to them. There is nobody equal under laws. As long as the President is above and doesn’t have to answer for it. As long as he doesn’t have to produce documents, answer in a trial or even get witnesses to testify on his behalf. While the Senator did coordinate this directly with the Presidency.

You just know it is crooked, when the ones overseeing the trial is speaking to the one whose charged with a possible crime. You just know its wrong, when they are letting the man peddle his vision and his way of clearing the slate. That is why there is nothing done and its all a cover-up.

This is disgraceful and a disregard. The United States is not a state for moral supremacy nor speaking of fear justice any more. You cannot trust the US Senate nor its legislators to do fare judgement. When they are all corrupted and loyal to one man above the law. The king is here, salute. The Kings is here. Salute! Peace.

Trump-Ukraine: Like Clockwork, the Senate rigged the Impeachment Trial

We knew this could and it did. Senator Majority Leader, the most spineless man of America. Republican Mitch McConnell has decided loyalty towards one man is more important than constitutionalism, rule of law or even honour of office. The Republican Party see it more fit to shield their own, than to follow the codes, the laws and abide to the principals of the Republic. That is reality after today.

The Impeachment Resolution is how to shield an trial, how to not do discovery, get people interrogated, interviewed or even tried. They are not even trying to look into it. Just like a mafia, they are covering it all up. Closing the books, giving a limited time frame, letting it all go and calling for another beer. Maybe with their favourite Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

If there ever was a party for rule of law, it is clearly not the Grand Old Party. They are in it for power and by any means. The ends are more important than the means at this point. Doesn’t matter what the President does nor his associates. Even when plenty of them is either in jail, awaiting sentencing and so-on. His lawyer, his National Security Advisor, his Campaign Manager and so fourth.

Still, the Party will shield this man with a sham trial. A trial so shambolic and insincere. It is taken straight out a dictators playbook. No witness, no evidence or no production of the paper trail. Even a small-frauds case or a Judge Judy episode has more legal backbone than this. The resolution is a farce and a facade. Nothing noble, just mere deception.

McConnell are maybe able to save the fate of Trump. Give him leeway on the case. But his life, his life-work in the Senate will forever be stained by this. He will be remembered as one of the men, who enabled the President, gave way to the President and who sold the Presidency on the altar of Power. Because, that is what they have done.

I’m not American, I’m not a citizen of the United States. But its easy to see what’s happening. The motion is set and the actions are insincere. This a cake-walk. A final dance on the two articles of Impeachment. As the President abused his power with an ally to get dirt on a political opponent. In this regard, Ukraine and stopped military aid as a blackmail to get their will and investigate the son of Joe Biden. That is the whole thing and McConnell will not continue to investigate it properly. Not even try, after Trump has stopped witnesses, not produced documents and so fourth.

The Senate, if they will vote for this and do this. They will be remembered as loyal brigadiers to Trump. That Trump stands above the law. That they allowed him to misuse his office, not follow procedure and heckled an ally for personal gain. They allowed Trump to do that like a Tin-Pot dictator.

That is what the GOP has succumbed too. They are also spineless and worthless men in suits and ties. These people are the empty suits any sort of arrogant need, they don’t stand for anything, but bows to his every whim. That is who they are and that is the display they are giving the world. Peace.

Trump-Ukraine: House Memorandum validates the impeachment, but the Republicans will not take down their own

There is no need to dig deep in the United States House of Representatives Memorandum on the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump. The President of the United States, which was publicly dropped yesterday on the 18th January 2020. This has been a slow train coming, but a needed one.

This report put anything in perspective and shows the need for the impeachment. The Memorandum of the framers and the ones who written the two articles of impeachment makes all sense. We have known this, but its put collectively together. Trump knows this, but trying to propagandise it.

President Trump and his administration has acted swiftly to ensure the U.S. House of Representatives couldn’t do their duty with congressional oversight. Trump knows this and the lack of openness, transparency and acting as it should in regard to Congress. The President and his administration didn’t do that. It talked big-game, but stonewalled it. Tried to do everything it could to stop the investigation and find the evidence of the wrong-doing. Also, not letting vital persons testify and misuse the power he had.

What the Memorandum states is what the Senate should do. The Majority Senate, which is based of inner-party of Republicans. The supposed “Law and Order” party, the strong constitutional based and founding father loving party. However, that is only in elections that matter, but they are above the laws and statutes themselves. That is atleast how it seems from afar.

Because, even with the plea, the show of congressional oversight, the rights to impeach and the rights to subpoena the President. Seems like this Presidency couldn’t care less, and he couldn’t care less for foreign interference in elections for his gain. That is seemingly okay in his party and they are all for using all tools for victory. They will sell Montana, Idaho and the Department of Justice to Russians, if they could. That is how it seems.

However, the Senate can show that this is wrong and that they care. I don’t expect it. I expect that they vindicate and accept this. They don’t want this humiliation ahead of 2020 elections. They will trade away moments of power, instead of valuing rule of law and justice. They rather want the office and secure their future. It is more important to stand by Trump, than actually caring about the Constitution.

That the President can misuse power, abuse his power and threatening the up-coming elections. This is what the Senate can address, as the House has already done their bid and has the Memorandum as a proof of their findings. We cannot expect magic, as his fellow bed-mates run the Senate. If they were loyal to their station and Republic. They might have served justice and seen blood. Nevertheless, the result might be just hogwash. They will just thwart the whole thing and seal their misgivings. If Trump is guilty, so is the rest of the party too. Because, they let him and gave way to his whims. They all let him, but also was water-boys for him. These people can either show that the truth matters and that the Republic matters more than person.

However, don’t expect that dance. Expect that the politics matter more. The only way these Republican’s will be henchmen to their own. Is if their own seats, their own livelihoods and their reputation is for sale. If they can themselves be in legal jeopardy or even fall. Than, they might do something. But this memorandum will not seal the fate of the Presidency.

No, only if the Senators fears the elections of 2020 and think they can escape. If they don’t, they will go along and accept being puppets of the President and his foreign backers. Because, he uses all means to win. The President doesn’t care, as long as he “wins”. He doesn’t care about the laws, constitution or protocol. What matters is him and his cause. The Republic is the second fiddle.

Now, we can soon see if the Republicans in the Senate cares about their integrity, the values of the constitutional norms or even due process. Don’t expect it. Really don’t expect it. Since, they haven’t cared with the Russian Probe and neither this Ukrainian scandal. They have done whatever they can to spoil it like bad TV-Hosts on Fox News. Therefore, Trump might be saved, but his legacy is tarnished. Because we all know what he does and how he operates. Nothing matters, except for his own ass. Peace.

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