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Tue Nov 12, 2019, 10:53 PM

What Trump Is Hiding From the Impeachment Hearings

'The presidentís efforts to prevent the House from doing its job are just as worrisome as the Ukraine scandal.' By Neal K. Katyal
Mr. Katyal is a former acting solicitor general and a law professor.

((OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE))

'The public impeachment hearings this week will be at least as important for what is not said as for what is. Congress will no doubt focus a lot on President Trumpís dealings with Ukraine and his secret plan to get that government to announce a public investigation of the man he considered his chief political rival, Joe Biden.

But think about what the president is trying to hide in the hearings. He has been blocking government officials from testifying before Congress, invoking specious claims of constitutional privilege. And while the Ukraine allegations have rightly captured the attention of Congress and much of the public, Mr. Trumpís effort to hinder the House investigation of him is at least as great a threat to the rule of law. It strikes at the heart of American democracy ó and it is itself the essence of an impeachable offense.

President Trump has categorically refused to cooperate with the impeachment investigation. He has declined to turn over documents related to the inquiry and has instructed all members of his administration not to testify before Congress. Every member of the executive branch who has gone to tell the truth to the House impeachment investigators ó like Marie Yovanovich and Alexander Vindman (and maybe Gordon Sondland, too, at least the second time around) ó has done so in defiance of the presidentís instructions. President Trumpís personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has refused to testify. Secretary of Defense Mike Esper, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, have ignored congressional subpoenas related to the investigation.

Mr. Trumpís stonewalling is a grave problem because it means there is no way to police executive branch wrongdoing. The attorney general, William Barr, has said a sitting president cannot be indicted. The presidentís lawyers have gone so far as to say, in light of that principle, that he cannot even be criminally investigated. But every serious scholar who adheres to the view that a sitting president cannot be indicted combines that view with the belief that the impeachment process is the way to deal with a lawless president. Indeed, the very Justice Department opinions that Mr. Barr relied on to ďclearĒ the president say exactly that. Otherwise a president could engage in extreme wrongdoing, and the American people would have no remedy.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/opinion/trump-impeachment-hearings.html?



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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 04:17 PM

1. Mueller's report concluded that the reason they could not find evidence of collusion is because

witnesses lied and stonewalled. The same reason Cheney was not indicted for the Plame affair.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 04:31 PM

3. We keep rewarding stonewalling.

That should carry higher consequences than the original allegation.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 04:30 PM

2. Trump is hiding from the impeachment hearings.

Hangin' with his fellow dick-tater, Turdogan.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 07:13 PM

4. K&R

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