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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:27 PM

Former ethics czar warns impeachment letter 'mistakes Trump for a king'

Experts agree a letter the White House sent to House Democrats stating a refusal to cooperate with their impeachment inquiry is legally flimsy and is mostly about politics.

The White House’s top lawyer told the Democrats their “unprecedented actions have left the President with no choice,” telling them he will not cooperate with the probe “under these circumstances.”

But legal experts quickly digested t“Cipollone’s letter isn’t so much a legal challenge as a press release. The letter is undignified and borderline hysterical,” Walter Shaub, who resigned as director of the Office of Government Ethics over objections about perceived lapses by the Trump administration, told CQ Roll Call. “The points he raised are based on political bluster, not law. … Cipollone would rip up the Constitution and make impeachment subject to presidential consent.

Its underlining assumption, that the executive must consent to an impeachment inquiry, mistakes Trump for a king,” Shaub, now a senior adviser at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said of the letter. “The executive branch claims the President can’t be prosecuted because he can be impeached, then claims he can’t be impeached because he hasn’t consented.”he letter’s constitutional claims — or, as they saw them, the lack thereof.

https://www.rollcall.com/news/whitehouse/former-ethics-czar-warns-impeachment-letter-mistakes-trump-king

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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:33 PM

1. Trump should be subpoenaed by Congress to testify to his actions...

If he refuses to show up, then the 25th Amendment should be invoked, he should be seized and placed in observation for mental stability (without a phone or internet access for 72 hours). At the end of the 72 hours, when he is dripping sweat, covered in drool and babbling incoherently, he should then be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility and confined there until he is diagnosed as legally competent once more.

(Mind you, this will ALL occur without access to internet or cell phone for the duration...meaning he will remain a twitching puddle of orange jelly for the foreseeable future!)

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