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Initial reaction by NYT to Mueller report

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Just back from Ireland, Ray has a few comments on the remarkable editorial by the NY Times Editorial Board on the Mueller report. See below.

Stay tuned for more dancing around and about by the scoundrels in charge of the Times, as well as by those still unable to make their peace with the reality that Hillary Clinton needed no Russian help to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in 2016.

Now if Nancy Pelosi and Jerrold Nadler would do their Constitutional duty and begin impeachment proceedings regarding Trump's real "high crimes and misdemeanors," and rescind from what was a "red herring" (no pun intended) from the start, it might be possible as the Founders intended to get rid, or at least restrain Trump in an orderly, constitutional way. It is important that this be done before it is too late and the nativists become restless and reckless.

Andrew Johnson, who became president after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, was impeached and, ipso facto, restrained from committing further crimes. In other words, impeachment worked in that case; it can work again. Most folks focus on the fact that the Senate failed by one vote to convict Andrew Johnson and evict him from office. But that was of demonstrably secondary importance.

If today's Senate failed to convict Trump as seems almost certain so what? The impeachment of Trump might well hinder him from committing still more crimes like attacking Iran or risking a military confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia, as he is being urged to do by "the crazies" he adopted, Bolton and Pompeo. The oft-heard "Pence would be still worse," is the wrong way to look at it, in my view. We are not likely to end up with Pence in any case. And, even in the unlikely case we did, he might well be restrained by what happened to his predecessor, even if, like Mike Pompeo, he actually believes in the Rapture.

In 2007, Pelosi prevented then-Judiciary Chair John Conyers from starting impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush, an unrepentant war criminal, because she did not want the Democrats to seem divisive and thereby risk loosing votes in the 2008 election. I had a ring-side seat watching Conyers obey orders. See here.

Pelosi is doing the same thing now -- the Constitution that she also swore to support and protect -- be damned. And not a bleat from timid politicians in the Democratic "leadership" who know what's going on. O Tempora, O Mores!

Comments on NY Times editorial:

"The Meaning of the Mueller Report

"So far it's a vindication of the rule of law. Now the public needs to read it.

"By The Editorial Board

"The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

"March 22, 2019

"Give President Trump this much: In the face of the biggest existential threat to his presidency, the special counsel's Russia investigation, he checked himself where it mattered most.

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Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His (more...)
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