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Algernon Moncrieff

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Question for DU Legal Minds: What law did Trump break?

Put another way: It's obviously unseemly to pressure a foreign leader into doing political dirty work. But what actual law/statute was broken?

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103322, title XXXIII,  330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

As much as I see this as undermining our Constitution, a) Ukraine is not an enemy (nor, technically, is Russia at this time) and I think it'd be difficult to assert he's levied war, in the traditional sense. So I don't see treason. Corruption? Hell Yes! But not treason.

Is extorting a foreign leader while President a crime? Answer: I have no idea.

Is this, in a sense, an Emoluments Clause violation -- an attempt at personal enrichment/benefit on the part of the President?

Will the House ultimately have a stronger case for pressing Obstruction of Justice, as described in the Muller Report?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Sep 25, 2019, 11:59 PM (39 replies)

Fool America again in the Middle East - then shame on us!

Amazing coincidence that "Iran" attacks a huge Saudi Arabian oil facility at a time when US gas prices were, in some places, were heading south of $2.20 a gallon....and it's an amazing coincidence that a frothing-at-the-mouth anti-Iranian hawk is standing for a tough reelection fight in Israel when "Iran" attaks a huge Saudi Arabian oil facility.... and given that Trump supporters skew older and whiter, it's an amazing coincidence that the nation that took our embassy workers as hostages attacks our good friends in Saudi Arabia (from which the 9-11 attackers and masterminds came) when Trump is in a tough reelection battle.

Remember the Gulf of Tonkin. Remember the Iraqi WMDs.

1) Tell your Senators and Congressman that no US loss of lives will be tolerated in defense of "Mister Bone Saw."

2) Spread the word that any money that we would spend on more Middle Eastern war would be better invested in tax breaks for electric cars, hybrid cars, wind projects, and solar projects.

No fight between a religious dictatorship and an absolute monarchy should ever be the American taxpayer's problem.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:06 AM (3 replies)

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My favorite Australian pop star that no one has heard of...

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Sep 11, 2019, 12:46 AM (0 replies)
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