[Epoch Times] When special counsel Robert Mueller formally closed the Russia investigation on May 29, he opened the door to wide-ranging speculation as to the intent behind his statement. In the eyes of former Texas prosecutor Sidney Powell, Mueller’s words stood the rule of law and the presumption of innocence on their heads.
Today we sit down with Sidney Powell, who is the author of "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice." She was lead counsel in more than 500 appeals in the Fifth Circuit, and she is ranked by her Texas peers as a "Super Lawyer." We discuss the implications of special counsel Mueller’s May 29 press conference, the recent DOJ decision to not prosecute a serial leaker, corruption in the DOJ in general, and what can be done to correct it.
Jan Jekielek: You are the author of the book "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice." And you wrote this book in 2014, maybe long before there was such an overt knowledge that there is corruption, makes you an expert on these issues. Recently, special counsel Mueller tended his resignation, did a press conference. A lot of people have a lot to say about that. I’m sure you do. What are your thoughts?
Sidney Powell: I was extremely disappointed in Mr. Mueller’s press conference. Yes, I published the book hoping to put an end to the corruption and the Department of Justice so people could see what was going on, and instead it simply gotten worse as evidenced by Mr. Mueller’s press conference yesterday in which he literally stands the rule of law and the presumption of innocence on their head. I mean, just completely turns the presumption of innocence upside down and puts the burden on the president to prove that he’s innocent instead of accepting the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or even probable cause to indict, which they clearly didn’t have. In fact, all you have to do is go to volume two, page nine of Mr. Mueller’s report. I think it’s the second paragraph that starts talking about how they’re talking about statutes in an ordinary case ... potentially relevant obstruction of justice statutes in an ordinary case. To know that means they have absolutely nothing with which they can charge the president of the United States, even were he not the president of the United States. You don’t conduct a two-year investigation and then come out with 248 pages of smear tactics, which is exactly what volume two of the report was, and then talk about potentially relevant statutes. You either have a clear violation of a federal statute or you don’t. And that’s really all that should have been said there. We don’t have a violation of any federal obstruction statute.
Mr. Jekielek: So, Sidney, for the benefit of our audience, how is the presumption of innocence exactly turned on its head here?
[WSJ] It’s as if nothing happened. Special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department found no wrongdoing by President Trump, so House Democrats stepped up their calls for impeachment. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler issued a subpoena for millions of pages of evidence gathered by Mr. Mueller, including grand-jury material, which is secret under the law. When the department didn’t comply, Democrats said there was a "constitutional crisis," and the committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt.
Yet if there is a constitutional crisis, its source is the Democrats. They are abusing the powers of investigation and impeachment in an illegitimate effort to unseat a president they despise.
Congressional Democrats claim they have the power to investigate the president to conduct "oversight" and hold him "accountable." That elides an important constitutional distinction. As the Supreme Court said in Watkins v. U.S. (1957), Congress may "inquire into and publicize corruption, maladministration or inefficiency in agencies of the Government." Executive departments and agencies are created by Congress and therefore accountable to it. The president, by contrast, is not a creature of lawmakers. He is Congress’s coequal, accountable to Congress only via impeachment.
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..."Aye,", said one Mr. W. Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon, Warwicks., "There's the rub."
The House has painted itself into a corner, and there really is no longer any way out. If they hold the hearings and investigation necessary to fulfill not only the Founders' intent, but the Constitution as well, they will almost certainly put off the public whose support they desperately need to actually impeach. That is why they were so fixated on the Muller Report - they needed HIM to do the dirty work of gathering the evidence and implications needed to be able to say, "We had no choice; HE was the one who found the evidence." That way, their public support would have been there and they would have been able to avoid taking the risks themselves.
Pelosi, Hoyer, Nadler, et al, are corrupt monsters who are still angry that an outsider had the nerve to win in 2016 and deny them Hilary's reign - but they are not stupid. They know what an impeachment will do to them, and still more they know that short of finding some non-existent smoking gun, the President will be found 'not guilty' in the Senate...thereby almost certainly guaranteeing his re-election.
The trouble is that they have lost control of their loud-mouthed freshmen, and said loud-mouths have fired up the base. So right now, the House leadership's choice is a simple one: impeach and lose in 2020, or land on the newbies and lose the base.
Put another way, shoot themselves in the foot, or the head.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
06/02/2019 8:03 Comments ||
I doubt if Maxine Waters, Robert DeNiro, Joy Behar or any of the other loudmouthed impeachment advocates could read that article and then explain what it said.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
06/02/2019 11:28 Comments ||
[DAWN] THE development of an app that would tell us about the lunar positions for working out the dates of important Islamic events might signal Pakistain’s entry into the 21st century.
Except that numerous astronomical websites have been providing this information for years. And before the internet came along, scientific almanacs could be consulted for this data.
But even now, our holy mans are dragging their feet over accepting projections of the moon’s position in their determination to drag Pakistain back to the mediaeval ages. Never mind that the Aztecs, Egyptians and other ancient civilisations had worked out this data thousands of years ago. Even Soddy Arabia
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Posted by: Fred ||
06/02/2019 00:00 ||
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This can all be determined with insane precision mathematically. Doesn't the media always strain to remind us that the muzz invented maff? Just askin...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
06/02/2019 1:20 Comments ||
How will several hundred star-gazing clerics, government pimps contractors and their relatives make moolah ?
Roads and Power by China Overseas Port Co., mining ans steel by Jindal and others, Law enforcement by roadside lunatics, pretty much all activity in 'The Stain' is already up for grabs.
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... reportedly fired a ballistic missile at a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) target in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq this week. If the reports prove correct, it would be a first in the long-running conflict and another worrying example of the Region’s neighbours using it as a testing ground for ever deadlier weapons.
State-run Ottoman Turkish news outlets report the Ottoman Turkish military fired its Bora-1 ballistic missile in combat conditions for the very first time against a suspected PKK target.
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Posted by: trailing wife ||
06/02/2019 00:00 ||
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[Guardian] This week, Berkeley Law School is hosting its annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, a gathering of academics, advocates, government officials, lawyers, business people and others dedicated to digital privacy ‐ privacy in the age of the internet and increasing surveillance. This year, as every year since 2011, that conference will be sponsored by Palantir Technologies, a secretive data-mining company that, among other things, has been active in aiding the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families.
We are demanding that the school cut its ties to Palantir, a company deeply embedded in the current administration’s crackdown on immigrants. We are not alone. More than 140 academics yesterday released a letter calling on the conference to reject Palantir as a corporate sponsor. Palantir employees have also "begged" the company’s CEO to cancel its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Tech workers protested against the company’s contracts with immigration agencies two years ago. Immigration activists rallied outside its headquarters last summer, and Stanford students flyered Palantir employees as they went in for breakfast earlier this month, asking them to stop separating families. OOooooo! 140 Academics!
Standing by to watch any institution associate itself with Palantir is unacceptable. We all become complicit in giving the company credibility that softens its image.
Palantir provides software to Immigration and Customs Enforcement that has been called "mission critical" by the government’s own documents. Earlier this month, documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Palantir software was used by federal agents to investigate family members of children who had crossed the border alone. Agents were explicitly instructed to "arrest the subjects and anybody encountered during the inquiry who is out of status".
Palantir is how they knew crimmigrants were recycling children and claiming they were related to multiple different goups. Curious that these students want children to keep being exploited by criminals who are little better than slavers.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
06/02/2019 10:23 Comments ||
But it isn't "slavery-slavery." I think Whoopi Goldberg said something like that once...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
06/02/2019 11:41 Comments ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.