The ranking congressman on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence put out a statement today comparing President Donald J. Trump to President Richard M. Nixon, in the light of The New York Times report claiming that Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III in June.
“The reports that the president not only considered firing Special Counsel Mueller, but went so far as to order it, demonstrate the Nixonian lengths this president is prepared to go to protect himself,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D.-Calif.), the most senior Democrat on the House’s intel committee.
Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox Jr. Oct. 20, 1973, but he had to go through the chain of command. Before he could get Cox fired, he had to fire Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson, who had refused to fire Cox.
Richardson’s immediate successor, Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus also refused to fire Cox, so Nixon fired him. Solicitor General Robert H. Bork, then the acting attorney general agreed to fire Cox for Nixon. When the new broke the next Sunday morning, it was dubbed “The Saturday Night Massacre.”
Trump has repeatedly denied that he had any intention of firing Mueller, including today at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland: “Fake news, folks. Fake news,–typical New York Times.”
In his May 22 segment on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Schiff said he was personally convinced by the evidence that Trump’s presidential campaign colluded the Russian government.
“I can tell you that the case is more than that. And I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now,” he said. “I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation.”
Mueller was appointed to his post May 17.
In the months since Schiff’s claims and Mueller’s appointment to investigate the Russian-Trump collusion narrative, no evidence has come to light.
“Congress must make clear that any effort to remove the special counsel or impede his work would touch off a constitutional crisis, which would imperil this presidency and do grave danger to our nation,” Schiff said.
“Yet, instead of protecting Mueller’s investigation from undue interference, many Republicans in Congress have stepped up their spurious attacks against the Department of Justice, the FBI and the special counsel,” he said. “It is time to put country and the rule of law before party.”
Sen. Josh Hawley Folds? Blames Trump for ‘Inflammatory, Irresponsible, Wrong’ Comments
Hawley is no leader.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has been criticized for leading the GOP’s electoral college objection amidst widespread allegations of voter fraud, and he has responded by throwing former President Donald Trump under the bus.
Hawley issued a statement to oppose the impeachment of Trump following the conclusion of his presidency, which is unprecedented and unlawful, in which he threw Trump under the bus and essentially blamed him for the violence in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
HAWLEY: "I think ex-president's rhetoric on the day was inflammatory. I think it was irresponsible. I think it was wrong. But I think that this impeachment effort is, I mean, I think it's blatantly unconstitutional. It's a really really, really dangerous precedent."
— Lindsay Wise (@lindsaywise) January 25, 2021
In the aftermath of the violence, many left-wing voices accused Hawley of sedition and treason for asking for an investigation into a laundry list of irregularities that have been widely ignored by authorities.
There have even been calls by Democrats to revoke the will of the people by ejecting Hawley from office in order to punish him for drawing attention to voter fraud, as Big League Politics has reported:
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
Hawley finally caved under the pressure, and he has shown he is not the man to take the reigns to lead the America First movement after Trump.
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