In today’s Journal op-ed page, two Republican former Department of Justice staffers, David Rivkin and Lee Casey, who frequently pop up in the media to defend party-line arguments, take the argument to its next step. They urge Trump to issue sweeping pardons to everybody involved in the scandal, himself included, so as to hopefully neuter Mueller’s investigation.
And would it be an overreach of sorts for Trump to quash an investigation into himself and his cronies? No, they argue. Indeed, they insist he can halt any investigation he likes:
“A president cannot obstruct justice through the exercise of his constitutional and discretionary authority over executive-branch officials like Mr. Comey. If a president can be held to account for “obstruction of justice” by ending an investigation or firing a prosecutor or law-enforcement official — an authority the constitution vests in him as chief executive — then one of the presidency’s most formidable powers is transferred from an elected, accountable official to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats and judges.”
1,000,000 and counting…
Yes, all logically and no doubt constitutionally correct.
A President deciding to preemptively pardon everyone being investigated for claims of wrongdoing on his part and/or that of his campaign is basically just saying, “yes, we did it.”
If he wants to do that, his own voters should be on board with turfing him and everyone connected with him out.
That’s the “elected, accountable official” bit.
If they’re not going to do that, then nothing matters. The investigation can uncover whatever it likes, if his base won’t dump him he will hang on regardless.
resistance from the “right of center”:
Several staff and faculty members told me they fear sanctions should they publicly disagree with Falwell; none agreed to be named. But they claimed that Falwell Jr.’s growing political advocacy has been accompanied by a clampdown on speech on Liberty’s campus.
Like Trump, Falwell has taken a number of divisive positions, undeterred by broader disapproval. When Falwell became one of the first major evangelical leaders to endorse Donald Trump for president, one of the school’s longtime donors, Mark Demoss, resigned from Liberty’s board of trustees. Falwell shrugged it off.
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY INC
Holy crap! That’s about the same as Scientology, and also tax-free.
The Falwell Inc behind it is probably a religious organization and doesn’t have to report this information to the public.
With those figures in mind try this on for size:
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Someone misspelled “heroic.”
“We don’t want to go back to tomorrow, we want to go forward.”
– Vice President Dan Quayle
Has anyone seen him recently?
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That seems high,
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