During today’s impeachment hearing which saw academics brought into Congress from across the country to offer testimony, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) stole the show by exposing the extreme hypocrisy of the Democrats at a meeting held by the House Judiciary Committee.
“The other three witnesses have identified this amorphous standard for impeaching a President. They have said that if a President abuses his power for personal or political gain, it is impeachable content. Do you agree with me?” Buck asked Prof. Johnathan Turley, who was the only right-leaning professor allowed to give testimony during the proceedings.
“Not the way it’s been stated… Well, there’s been so many different standards. One of them was attempting to abuse office. I am not even sure how to recognize that, let alone define it,” Turley responded.
“So let me go with a few examples, and see if you agree with me. Lyndon Johnson directed the Central Intelligence Agency to place a spy in Barry Goldwater’s campaign. That spy got advanced copies of speeches and other strategy and delivered that to the Johnson campaign. Would that be impeachable conduct according to the other panelists?” he asked.
“It sweeps pretty broadly, so I would assume so,” Turley said.
Buck gave additional examples including former President Johnson placing a wiretap on Goldwater’s campaign plane, former President Franklin Roosevelt ordering the Internal Revenue Service to audit his political rivals, former President John F. Kennedy directing his Attorney General to deport a mistress after framing her as an East German spy, former President Kennedy using wiretaps to spy on Congressional staffers, former President Barack Obama making illicit appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, and former President Obama ordering his National Security Advisor and Secretary of State to spread falsehoods about the Benghazi scandal.
All of the examples show the extent of Democratic Party corruption, and how Democrats have abused their executive authority to reward their cronies and punish their enemies.
“Can you name a single President in the history of the United States, save President Harrison who died 32 days after his inauguration, that would have not have met the standard for impeachment from our friends here?” Buck asked Turley.
“… once again, I cannot exclude many of these acts,” Turley responded.
“Isn’t what you and I and many others are afraid of is that the standard that your friends to the right of you… that your friends have decided that the bar is so low that when we have a Democrat president in office and a Republican House and a Republican Senate, we are going to be going through this whole scenario again in a way that puts the country at risk?” Buck asked.
“When your graphics says in your ABC’s that your B is ‘betrayal of national interest,’ I would simply ask: Do you really want that to be your standard?” Turley responded.
“Now isn’t the difference, Professor Turley, that some people live in an ivory tower and some people live in a swamp, and those of us that are in the swamp are doing our very best for the American people, but it’s not pretty,” Buck said.
“Well actually, I live in an ivory tower in a swamp because I’m at [George Washington University], and it’s not so bad,” Turley said to laughter from the audience.
The video of the exchange between Buck and Turley can be seen here:
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While the professor may have been sympathetic to the Republicans arguments, he was an outlier as the other professors were content to lob politically-motivated smears toward President Trump – even stooping to the level of attacking his 13-year-old son.
“Kings could do no wrong because the king’s word was law. Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article Two does not give him the power to do anything he wants. I will give you one example that shows the difference between him and a king, which is, the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. While the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan said.
Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships
Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’
As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.
Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.
Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.
Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.
It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.
Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.
Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.
An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.
Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.
Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.
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