Muftic: Trump and the GOP Congress: Madison warned us
What we are witnessing now is the very thing founding father James Madison warned our new country about. The writers of our constitution divided the power centers of government into three: executive, legislative, and judicial, each with a check on the other. Madison warned there was a way to undermine these checks and balances. What was not yet formed when he wrote this were political parties, but he described them as “accumulation of all powers in … the same hands … of many or a few.” The “few” today is one party, the Republicans, in control of all three branches of government with members unwilling to check actions of the president. Worse, they have taken advantage of their party’s control to protect the President, actively attacking the credibility of the investigators and their findings, and obstructing the investigation into Russian meddling. They are knocking the props out of our three-legged stool of checks and balances, and separation of powers.
Donald Trump’s defense is that the FBI is a “deep state” full of Obama people out to get him just as they were in the 2016 election. That is worthy of a belly laugh since, while the FBI was keeping secret their investigation into Trump during the campaign, Comey twice announced to public they had Clinton and her emails under investigation, which played into her defeat, causing her polls to crash each time. Furthermore, every major player on the FBI, Mueller probe, and judges approving surveillance warrants, are also registered Republicans.
The GOP-dominated Congress is a profile in cowardice. GOP congress members fear that the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller would damage their control of Congress and loss of the White House in 2020, or cause early removal of the president. Mueller is investigating whether the President or members of his close circle conspired or wanted to coordinate activities with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election on Donald Trump’s behalf as well as whether he or his circle obstructed justice, and/or engaged in financial crimes.
The GOP Congress has done more than just nothing. They have become Trump’s active partners in his attempt to obstruct Mueller’s criminal investigation of Trump, a subject of the investigation, by demanding investigations of the investigators and unmasking of FBI informants, Now Mueller’s boss, Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is under a threat of firing, or contempt of Congress unless evidence Mueller found to date be turned over to Trump and the GOP to help with Trump’s self serving defense. Rosenstein agreed to brief them but only GOP Congress people were invited, excluding Democrats. That makes this so ultra partisan and deck stacking Trump supportive, it is more than making a joke of the House Intelligence Committee’s bi partisan oversight purpose for which it was established, or violating the established rules of discovery in a criminal case. It is clearly obstruction of justice by the president for his own benefit, and of GOP Congresspeople obstructing justice as well.
The House Intelligence Committee headed by a GOP Trump loyalist, Rep. Devin Nunes, cut short their investigation, refused to call key witnesses, and announced there was no there, there. A Senate committee showed more spunk, concluding there was some “there there,” that Russians did interfere in the 2016 elections to support Trump. Duh. Their findings were issued after the text of Mueller’s indictments of thirteen Russians provided the evidence and public release of thousands of Facebook ads engineered and paid for by Russians , and after a report issued by U.S. intelligence agencies in January 2017.
In the meantime, the GOP Senate is attempting to control an independent judiciary for future years, fast tracking approval of nominees to 140 lifetime positions as judges in federal courts who pass GOP ideological public policy litmus tests instead of showing a devotion to interpretations based on independent judgment and legal precedent.
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