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Will Constitutional Outlaw Trump Implode With Lies Before He is Impeached?

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Trump has been a serial violator of the Constitution unmatched by any president in American history
Trump has been a serial violator of the Constitution unmatched by any president in American history
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Donald Trump said he believes the Constitution lets him do "whatever I want as President." In over two and a half years, Trump has been a serial violator of the Constitution, unmatched by any president in American history. Just about every day he is a constitutional outlaw.

Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein has documented twelve categories of major constitutional transgressions. Some are also statutory crimes. Many of these involve Trump overpowering the critical separation of powers that our founders rigorously established to assure that the president does not become a monarch like King George III.

The framers were very clear that Congress and only Congress can appropriate monies for the Executive branch to spend; that only Congress can declare war; that the president must faithfully execute the laws; and that the Congress has the full authority to investigate the executive branch for abuses, irregularities, illegalities, or the need for new laws. Trump totally defies Congressional subpoenas for documents and witnesses. That grave overthrow of constitutional government is alone enough for eviction from office.

When he is not openly violating the Constitution, Trump lies and commits impeachable offenses.

The most recent violation was in seeking from a foreign power Ukraine assistance in influencing our presidential election in his favor by investigating a major challenger former Vice President Joseph Biden and his son. He dangled a $250 million military aid package (maybe more) to Ukraine by suspending it before speaking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the telephone.

This "betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections," in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's words, finally moved the reluctant House leader. After being AWOL on all the other serious, repeated flouting of constitutional behavior, she is now focusing on Trump and Ukraine.

Much has been reported about Trump's chronic lying. He lies daily, sometimes hourly, with his tweets and public blather. The Washington Post has catalogued over 12,000 prevarications and false statements since January 2017. Not enough, however, has been made of the aggregate effects of such lying as a living. Trump creates illusions about himself, about his alleged achievements, and about conditions in the United States and world. He spreads constant lies and transmits the lies of others. Often these are monstrous lies, which slander innocent people and trick his supporters into believing him because they think no president could possibly lie like that to them. These are dangerous obsessions for a president.

Trump says he wants everyone to have "beautiful" health insurance, yet he pushes Congress to change Obamacare, stripping twenty million people of health insurance without any substitute program.

Trump brags about consistently defying Congressional statutes by dismantling federal agencies established to protect all Americans where they live, work, and raise their families.

Trump says we have the cleanest air and water ever, yet his henchmen are running these agencies into the ground and repealing or weakening life-saving pollution controls. The result is more toxic air in your lungs, more child asthma, and dirtier drinking water.

Trump lies about voter fraud, about not using his office to enrich his business, and about all the new factories coming to the U.S. He even lies about the weather, damaging the credibility of the National Weather Service. He denies his sexual exploits and hush money payments. He rejects without evidence ten serious obstruction of justice actions documented in the Mueller Report.

Trump denies that his cuts in food stamps will leave over half a million children without a free school lunch. He denies that his tax cut overwhelmingly benefited the super-rich and major corporations.

Trump says his nominees are extremely qualified. In reality, whether it is the EPA, the public lands agency, the Department of Labor, or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Trump has chosen lawless people whose main qualification was urging the abolition or weakening of these federal law enforcers against corporate crimes and abuses.

Trump falsely says that climate disruption is not scientifically established, but a "Chinese hoax," while our country in plain sight is being battered by record breaking heat waves, hurricanes, floods, droughts, and tornadoes.

Trump says coal, oil, and gas are better for America than wind power (which he says causes cancer) and solar energy, which are cheaper and safer.

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So far, the Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to impeach two Republican presidents on her two Speaker watches - W Bush/Trump. By 'not impeaching' W Bush, Pelosi gives us a 'despotic', 'defiant' Trump, fully armed with the Patriot Act, AUMF2001, AUMF2003, and the Military Commissions Act. The 'absolute power' of the president is fully intact and in lieu of an actual Impeachment Hearing with an actual Article of Impeachment against Trump being considered and then voted on in the House Judiciary Committee and Pelosi calling for and supporting a full House vote, Pelosi has apparently decided on an Impeachment Inquiry which includes investigations, without an Article of Impeachment voted on, and at their leisure when they are in session but not on break - yes, Pelosi, by not quickly impeaching W Bush/Trump, when she had a super Democrat majority to do so very easily (only "a simple majority" vote required in Committee and on the House Floor) may surely, if not already, "turn the United States into a failed and terrifying state".

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I have three questions for Mr. Nader:

1 - Since much of the above was known about Trump before he even ran for office, why did the Republican party give him the nomination.

2- Why has Congress done nothing at all to preserve the integrity of Federal agencies that protect Americans, our air and our water. Why has Congress not passed legislation to counteract his policies and powers

3 - Why is he not being impeached for violations to the constitution and to his oath of office rather than for this very flimsy phone conversation where he could be seen as justifiably questioning the actions of Biden and his son

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"One up" on Mr Nader just in case he's not replying to your 'three questions'. All three "WHY"s can be 'summed up' in four words - the "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi". Whenever Pelosi holds the gavel it appears not to be about the Constitution, and WHY didn't she 'impeach' when she easily could have supported 'a simple majority vote' in Committee and on the House Floor, and not about the the rule of law, and WHY didn't she 'impeach the two Republican presidents', but 'it seems to be all about the "political capital and favor" of the president'.

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Threat of impeachment scared Nixon out of office. Not Clinton.

Will impeachment do anything to REMOVE Trump, and co-conspirator Pence, from office? Trump can brush off "embarrassment" of being just impeached. It will be "Fake Justice" maybe.

Aren't they in violation of their Job Duties...their Contracts....their Solemn Oaths...to preserve, protect, defend the US Constitution? Not grounds for legal suits from defrauded citizens?

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Have there been any Presidents that were not Constituional outlaws? Or Congresses or Supreme Courts for that matter?

Article II Section 2 clause 2 of the Constitution says that ratified treaties are the supreme law of the land, subject only to the Constitution itself.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo restricts the flowof goods but not the flow of people over the border. Trump's actions and NAFTA are unconstitutional by my simple reading of the Constitution and the Treaty.

Is there any duly ratified Treaty that US has entered into that has not been violated?

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