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Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?

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On the morning of February 13, 2021, just before the Senate impeachment trial abruptly ended with Trump's acquittal, Constitutional law specialist Bruce Fein and I sent the following plea to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"More than 240 years of heroic sacrifices by our forebearers to plant the seeds of a government of the people, by the people, for the people are not being furthered by your shortsighted eagerness for an abbreviated gravely historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The trial has thus been shorn of 'smoking gun' witnesses and full exposure of his daily wrecking ball against the Constitution rooted in Mr. Trump's unprecedented, brazenly monarchical pronouncement on July 23, 2019, 'Then I have Article 2, where I have the right to do anything I want as president.' Mr. Trump was as determined as his words."

He usurped the congressional power to tax and spend.

He defied hundreds of congressional subpoenas and demands for testimony or information to disable oversight and to substitute government secrecy for transparency.

He turned the White House into a crime scene with serial violations of the Hatch Act.

According to former national security adviser John Bolton, fortified by the Mueller Report, he made obstruction of justice "a way of life" at the White House.

He appointed principal officers of the United States without Senate confirmation in violation of the Appointments Clause.

He transgressed both the letter and spirit of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses.

He flouted his obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed by dismantling enforcement of environmental, safety, consumer protection, and labor laws.

January 6, 2021 was but the predictable culmination of Mr. Trump's unalloyed contempt for the Constitution and rule of law. If Article 2 crowns the president with limitless power, then to incite the use of force and violence against the legislative branch of government to prevent the vice president from counting state-certified electoral votes, falls squarely within his vast dictatorial domain.

We submit you will be committing a dereliction of constitutional duty if you do not immediately make the demand to subpoena witnesses in the pending second impeachment trial.

The subpoenas should be issued to at least the following: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, William Barr, John Bolton, Christopher Krebs, Brad Raffensperger, Jeffrey Rosen, Rudy Giuliani, Jeffrey Clark, and Pak Byung-Jin (B.J. Pak).

Your immediate call for witnesses critical to fortifying the impeachment evidence will be the definitive test of your resolve to convict Donald J. Trump and your understanding of the serious and gravity of the impeachment charges. A trial without key witnesses possessed of crucial incriminating testimony diminishes the seriousness of the proceedings and the huge stakes for the future of the American republic.

The haunting question that history will raise will be this: Why didn't Speaker Pelosi call the witnesses?

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So called, trump stooge-libertarian nuclearists and Enron, etc privatized power from Enron and privatized utilities are responsible for the texas blackout and, water freeze-catastrophe. . The STP nuke reactors are completely scrammed.. ready to explode. The Texas ag tried to keep trump president. All water and power off . Even in hospitals. The most corrupt, evil backwards place in murica. Ayn Rand fascists and american Republican racists, are only in favor of freedom and justice for rich-white people. Ayn rand fascists, are Not civil libertarians. They are not for civil liberties, for all Americans only the captains.of industry and prop owners as Ayn Rand said. She worshiped psychopathic killers.

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Yes, his 'launching a war of aggression against Iraq - #petition - was/is the supreme crime against humanity and lying profusely to do so', but for Bush, "as I've always said impeachment is off the table" - the Speaker Pelosi had 'stubbornly refused' to hold a single 'impeachment hearing' (yes, "she could stop me" - House Judiciary Chairman Rep John Conyers (D-MI) to Rob Kall, OpEdNews Publisher) on 35 Articles of Impeachment that were placed 'on her table' by Rep Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) in 2007/2008 'during the last two years of the second term of President George W. Bush' - his Iraq War - "Fraudulent Justification" - Article II. The Speaker Pelosi has also 'stubbornly refused' to call witnesses for Trump's second Senate Impeachment Trial, and 'carelessly refused' to hold a single impeachment hearing on Trump's twenty five 'Trump Articles of Impeachment' - certainly, this Speaker Pelosi 'had nothing to say' when 'saying a lot' would have made 'all the difference' for the United States and the American People, to preserve and protect the 'rule of law', and the Constitution - "shall be impeached' - 'signed treaties' become the supreme law of the land - all grievously 'off the table', 'on her watch', as Pelosi held the House Speaker Gavel.

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Why to blame Pelosi and Trump?

Short answers: Concerns for financial support AND desire for re-election are the root causes.

Biden is NOT a better choice or President.

Biden was elected because more people did not want Trump. He will not be better because of people he has chosen for his cabinet(s) and Vice President. Present VP was dropped during primary. Think about it.

Check the past records of those who are in Biden's cabinet.

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9/11 - no, Bush, 'it wasn't the Iraqis', and Bush, Obama, Biden, Pelosi/Reid, Ryan/Boehner, McConnell/Trump, Schumer, had never 'investigated' or even 'determined who' was really responsible for causing all 'the reported explosions' going off 'almost simultaneously' in all three towers on 9/11, AM Twin Towers & PM at 5:20 PM Building 7, 'killing almost 3,000 persons' on that day - petition - 'empower forthwith a grand jury to hear 9/11 evidence of federal crimes' .

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Piece of crap pelosi is an 81yo reptile,fossil. Like.mcconnell. no brain cells. 10 facelifts. demented old sack of crap

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