Insurrection, Impeachment & Infamy

By Bruce Joffe, in World, USA/Canada, Opinion · 15-02-2021 09:47:00 · 1 Comments

Mitch McConnell can't have it both ways.

On the one hand, McConnell and Trump's GOP agree with the House Impeachment Managers on the details of the former president planning and inciting a deadly insurrection against the U.S. government, the Capitol, and the people who work there:

“There’s no question,” McConnell said, “that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” which left five people dead, US Capitol Police officers injured, and parts of the building damaged. "The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”

But, when it came time to buttress his words with action, the Senate Minority Leader, along with 42 of his comrades in arms, voted "Not Guilty!"


Supposedly, because of a technicality ...

McConnell maintained that the Constitution didn't allow but for the "removal" of a (sitting) president in an impeachment trial. Moreover, he held that if the House of Representatives had delivered its Article of Impeachment to the Senate earlier, he might have considered the case differently, because it would be against a president then in office.

Nice cover, huh?

Trouble is, earlier in its deliberations, the Senate voted that -- despite an ambiguous word (and principle) long and vigorously debated -- nothing in the U.S. Constitution precluded or prohibited their trial from continuing.

Ironically, this Senate (and future ones) now find themselves in a position wherein they violate the rules that they, themselves, have established.

Moreover, McConnell was the reason why the House couldn't legally and dutifully deliver its Article of Impeachment to the Senate ... because he had conveniently provided cover to Trump's GOP minions by adjourning the Senate until January 20th. In other words, because of McConnell, nobody was there to constitutionally accept the impeachment documents.

Nice case of double standards and speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

Politics at its pinnacle!

In the matter of Trump, however, McConnell reminded us that the end of this impeachment trial beckons the beginning of the ex-president's potential problems:

"We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former Presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one."

So, theoretically, the U.S. Justice Department, the states, individuals and other entities that suffered because of Donald Trump's words and actions (or lack thereof) can bring criminal and civil charges against him now that he's a private citizen.

Others, too, will demand retribution and restitution for the harm caused by Donald John Trump's lies and deceit, threats and blackmail, cheating and thieving: "mobs" other than that storming the U.S. Capitol to whom Trump owes, banks and money lenders seeking their payback, governments -- local and international -- denied and damaged by the 45th president of the United States.

Ultimately, there's a higher authority to which Trump must answer, as well.

Retired church pastor and university professor Bruce Joffe relocated to Portugal in March 2017 ... two months after Donald Trump was inaugurated president of the United States.

(Rev.) Bruce H. Joffe, Ph.D.

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While a lovely story, unfortunately, once you start looking at what happened, it falls apart.

Let's start with the basics:

Five people did not die as a result of an insurrection. Three deaths were recorded as 'medical emergencies' at a rally of several hundred thousand people; bearing in mind these were from the boomer generation, heart attacks are sadly, not unusual.

There was a small element of the crowd who entered the Capitol - some were peacefully allowed to enter by Capitol Police, others used force to enter, and caused criminal damage.

One of those who entered, was shot and killed by a Capitol Policemen, while unarmed, but standing in close proximity to other armed Capitol Policemen, who did not consider there to be a threat, and had not drawn their weapons. This is clearly shown on video.

A Capitol Policeman returned to his station after the events, and later collapsed, and died. There is no coroners report as to cause of death, as yet.

There was no insurrection; neither those protesters who entered the Capitol peacefully, nor those that physically broke in, were armed. There were no guns. There was no plan. There was no organisation. Again, this is clearly shown on video and in people posting to their own social media accounts - hardly the behaviour of a group of dedicated 'terrorists', as the left wing media label them.

President Trump did not call for an 'assault on the Capitol', indeed, he specifically called for a peaceful protest, which again, is available on official video, but which the media conveniently discard during their editing process.

Mitch McConnel is a politician; he sees gain in playing a situation to protect his continuing well remunerated employment, and the status quo.

By Daniel from Porto on 18-02-2021 07:11
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