Trump Rants About Tillerson: ‘Totally Ill Prepared and Ill Equipped’ To Be Secretary Of State

I like how Trump thinks this exonerates him somehow. “How could I know he would be so bad?!? After all, I’m only the guy who chose him for the position and to whom he directly reported. What did you expect me to do here?!?”

it’s like he sees even his own Presidency as a reality show outside of his control. Which in some ways is really funny, but in others…

Source: Trump Rants About Tillerson: ‘Totally Ill Prepared’ To Be Secretary Of State

“The court concludes that the plaintiffs have not raised any serious questions…(and) even if the questions were sufficiently serious, injunctive relief would be unwarranted.”

Judge Ramos throwing serious legal shade:

The Manhattan federal judge who immediately blocked an attempt from President Trump to halt a Congressional subpoena for his financial records told private attorneys hired by the President that their case was not “serious.”

During the hour-long read of his opinion on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos drew a distinction between the “serious political ramifications” of the investigation into a president’s finances, and what constitutes a “serious” question to be considered by a judge.

“The court concludes that the plaintiffs have not raised any serious questions,” Ramos said.

He added that, “even if the questions were sufficiently serious, injunctive relief would be unwarranted.”

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The judge drew special attention to the question of timing during his ruling, saying that “any delay in the proceedings may result in irreparable harm to the Committees.”

He added that the law in the matter was “well-settled.”

“Courts have long recognized a clear public interest in maximizing Congress’s power to investigate,” Ramos intoned.

Trump had argued that because House Democrats’ motives for accessing the information was “political,” the judge should strike down the subpoenas as unconstitutional.

“Propriety of legislative motives is not a question left to the courts,” Ramos said. He added that, rather, the question was “left to voters, not judges.”

Source: Judge Offers Total Rejection Of Trump Bid To Block Subpoenas

This is one of those instances in which the law is so clear and so settled that SCOTUS will eventually affirm this without comment. In its own way, that will help strengthen our system, as it will once again show just how resilient it truly is.

The Freedom Caucus has always been fraudulent

House Freedom Caucus decides that Rep. Amash’s defense of the constitution is a bridge too far. Remember this the next time they mount a “principled constitutional conservative” defense against something. They never meant any of it. It was never principled, always partisan.

And partisanship is fine! Just stop pretending this has anything to do with immutable first principles. It doesn’t. It’s entirely and only situationalist opposition to actions of their opponents. Nothing more, nothing less.

The House Freedom Caucus on Monday night formally condemned Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), one of its founding members, for calling for President Trump’s actions “impeachable.”

talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-freedom-caucus-amash-impeachment

Trump Shows Signs He Will Pardon Servicemen Accused or Convicted of War Crimes

These last few months have been so relentlessly exhausting that I haven’t really had much to say around here. But this…THIS…pardoning people convicted of war crimes?!? Do you know how hard it is to get convicted of something like this under the UCMJ? It’s as unlikely as a cop getting convicted for shooting a civilian. It’s THAT hard.

And what’s the point of this? Convicting the men and women who commit crimes such as these isn’t just done because it morally right; it’s also done because it’s in our own self interest, both narrowly as a military and more broadly as a nation.

If ever you wanted to do something to demonstrate to the world that we’ve never meant any of the things we’ve said, that our ideals were just a smokescreen hiding naked amoral self interest, I cannot think of much that would do so more clearly.

War crimes. He’s going to pardon people CONVICTED of war crimes. War crimes. On Memorial Day. War crimes.

Military officials received expedited requests for paperwork needed to pardon several military members on or around Memorial Day. — Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/05/18/us/trump-pardons-war-crimes.html