Trump’s Supreme Court pick thinks that maybe President Nixon should not have been forced to hand over tapes.

By |2018-07-23T08:39:35+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

I was really hoping this was a joke, but nope.

Courtesy of ABC News:

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided.

Kavanaugh was taking part in a roundtable discussion with other lawyers when he said at three different points that the decision in U.S. v. Nixon, which marked limits on a president’s ability to withhold information needed for a criminal prosecution, may have come out the wrong way.

“But maybe Nixon was wrongly decided – heresy though it is to say so. Nixon took away the power of the president to control information in the executive branch by holding that the courts had power and jurisdiction to order the president to disclose information in response to a subpoena sought by a subordinate executive branch official. That was a huge step with implications to this day that most people do not appreciate sufficiently…Maybe the tension of the time led to an erroneous decision,” Kavanaugh said in a transcript of the discussion that was published in the January-February 1999 issue of the Washington Lawyer.

At another point in the discussion, Kavanaugh said the court might have been wise to stay out of the tapes dispute. “Should U.S. v. Nixon be overruled on the ground that the case was a nonjusticiable intrabranch dispute? Maybe so,” he said.

Kavanaugh’s belief in robust executive authority already is front and center in his nomination by President Trump to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The issue could assume even greater importance if special counsel Robert Mueller seeks to force Mr. Trump to testify in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Holy shitballs Batman! 

It is almost impossible to believe that there are still people who want to defend Richard “I am not a crook” Nixon. 

But then I remember that Roger Ailes started a whole cable “news” network because he believed that Nixon got a raw deal from the mainstream media during Watergate and that Roger Stone has Nixon’s face tattooed on his back. 

In my opinion, however, anybody who does not recognize the necessity of gaining access to those White House tapes, which by the way were the property of the American people, has no place on the Supreme Court. 

Especially if that decision is predicated on the idea that it undermined the executive office holder’s supreme right to lord it over all branches of government, including the judicial branch as if they were an emperor instead of a duly elected president.  

I also, by the way, do not think that a president clearly controlled by the Russian government should be allowed to appoint ANY new judges to the bench, nor put into place any new policies.

But hey, that’s just me.  

Or is it? 

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  1. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 5:20 pm

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    OC Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Gets Testy About Reporters’ Russia Questions After Tour Of ICE Facility, Invokes ‘Fake News’ Charge

    Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher lashed out at reporters Friday when asked about his relationship with a Russian lobbyist currently under federal investigation, saying they should be “ashamed” of the line of inquiry.

    Rohrabacher was in Irvine touring a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility when reporters asked him about his involvement with suspected covert Russian agent Maria Butina. She is in federal custody accused of trying to infiltrate U.S. pro-gun lobbying groups on behalf of the Kremlin.

    “There’s no conditions, you can ask whatever you want,” the Huntington Beach representative told a reporter before the conversation turned confrontational.

    When a reporter asked him about a 2015 meeting with Butina his office confirmed to the OC Register, he retorted, “I think you should be ashamed of yourself for trying to divert attention onto another,” before some crosstalk.

    “Wait a minute. Don’t argue with me,” he said as he pointed to the journalist. “Are you up here doing the press conference?”

    After asking who the man represented, Rohrabacher continued, “They teach you […] to not let someone make his case and interrupt him? Is that what they teach you? Is that what they teach you?Wait a minute.[…] You don’t get a chance to argue with me.”

    Reporters persisted with questions about the investigation rather than the questions on immigration Rohrabacher said he was there to discuss.

    “You could ask me whatever you want, and you can ask a follow-up question if you want, but you don’t interrupt the guy,” Rohrabacher said before he accused the reporters of what has become Donald Trump’s and some Republicans’ go-to criticism of the media.

    “That shows you the type of arrogance that I’m talking about. You’re gonna get a story about Russia rather than the security of our country at our borders because that’s what you wanna do. I don’t have to go along with that today,” Rohrabacher said, seemingly less irate.

    Here’s the money trail from Maria Butina to Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump

    …Maria Butina’s political efforts in the United States were being at least partially financed by Russian oligarch Konstantin Nikolaev, according to her own Senate testimony. Nikolaev and former Putin adviser Alexander Voloshin jointly own a company called American Ethane. Last year Donald Trump went out of his way to highlight American Ethane during a public event. Based on his track record, Trump only highlights companies if he has some kind of personal financial incentive for doing so.

    Considering how deeply Trump is connected to the Kremlin, none of the above comes as a shock. What may be most surprising here is that it’s so easy to follow the money from Maria Butina, through a Putin lackey, to Donald Trump.

    So now Donald Trump is trying to retaliate against the judges who have approved the investigation into his endless list of crimes.

  2. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 6:10 pm

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    …“All of those things — they’re in Putin’s interest,” McFaul continued. “There was not one concrete thing at the end of that meeting that I would say, ‘Well, we, America, are better off as a result of that meeting.’ And that’s his job. He’s the commander in chief, he’s the president of the United States. His job is to advance our interest. That is what you sign up for when you become president.”

    McFaul concluded that there are two major explanations for all of this. First, is the idiot defense. The former ambassador explained that Trump obviously didn’t read his 100 pages of briefings ahead of the meeting and opted to go golfing instead.

    “He hasn’t taken the time to think about American interests over his own personal interests,” McFaul said. “He just winged it. It reminds me of some really over-confident frat boys at Stanford. ‘Oh, I don’t need to study for this.’”

    Another explanation, he anticipated the audience wanted him to speculate on, is one he said he doesn’t know the answer to.

    “Here’s what I do know,” McFaul began. “I know that Putin, with people in his country and in Europe uses money all the time to create leverage. That’s a standard operating procedure for Vladimir Putin. And he’ll do things like — I’ll give you an example. When was I an ambassador, he decreed while I was there, that if you are a Russian government official, you’re no longer allowed to have assets abroad. You have to sell your assets in London and the French Riviera and New York. He made that decree.”

    However, in individual conversations, McFaul said, Putin would give allowances to some.

    “Well, what did he just do there? He created leverage,” he continued. “And you’re dependent and beholden to Vladimir Putin. He does that all the time. I don’t know if that happened with the Trump Organization and the family, but that’s a tactic that I’ve seen time and time again.”

    Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman wants to see her fellow Republicans finally take action against President Donald Trump.

    President Trump’s disgraceful performance in Helsinki, Finland, and in the days since is an indication that he is not fit to remain in office. Trump’s 2016 “America First” platform might be more aptly named “Russia First” after the disaster that occurred last week.

    Trump’s turn toward Russia is indefensible. I am a lifelong Republican. I have campaigned and won as a member of the party, and I have served more than one Republican president. My Republican colleagues — once rightfully critical of President Obama’s engagement strategy with Russian leader Vladimir Putin — have to end their willful ignorance of the damage Trump is doing both domestically and internationally. We must put aside the GOP label, as hard as that may be, and demonstrate the leadership our country needs by calling on the president to step down.

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    Trumps’ repeated public dismissals of the intelligence coming from his own deputies is deeply disturbing. Along with his walk back of statements last week, and then walking back the walk backs, it’s impossible to keep up, and his behavior warrants a fresh evaluation of whether the president can be trusted with the future of the United States. His apologists will argue that the current outcry is just another attempt by moderates and “establishment” Republicans to discredit the president. But what does this man have to say or do for his supporters to finally see that his actions are detrimental to the country?

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