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August 29, 2023 12:21 AM UTC

Tuesday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”

–Henry J. Kaiser

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6 thoughts on “Tuesday Open Thread

  1. Another day of " If you impeach/censure/indict/remove a Republican official for serious crimes we'll do the same to you, and for no reason at all!!" I hope our democracy can survive this.

     

    1. I'm still unsure the excuse Republicans want to use to try to imeach impeach Biden. I think it has to do with Hunter's laptop illegally crossing the border into Ukraine for stripper money and blow?

      Maybe, just maybe, Republicans should all get on the same page about why they want to impeach before they start doing it.

      Fucking embarrassing.

  2. John Eastman, back in the news. 

    Jennifer Rubin, of WAPO, got a copy of a report to the California Bar.  [no paywall] Eastman’s defense is shattered in state bar proceeding

    At a critical hearing last week in the California bar proceedings, designated legal expert Matthew A. Seligman submitted a 91-page report, which I have obtained from the state bar, that strips away any “colorable,” or legally plausible, defense that Eastman was acting in good faith in rendering advice to the now four-times-indicted former president Donald Trump….

    Seligman reviewed the 12th Amendment, the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and “centuries-long practice by Congress” to find that the Eastman positions were so devoid of support that “no reasonable attorney exercising appropriate diligence in the circumstances would adopt them.” In essence, Seligman strips away the pretense that Eastman (and, by extension, Chesebro) engaged in routine legal work.

    Daily Kos: The California State Bar's devastating report on John Eastman contains bad news for Trump as well

    Not only Eastman but Donald Trump and his other co-indictees in Georgia, for example, have relied on similar arguments as Eastman has advanced to justify their actions. The impact and persuasiveness of Seligman’s report on Eastman’s own defenses in that case should be immediate and obvious. As Rubin notes, however, the findings contained in that report may — and likely will — also impact how legal arguments by the other defendants are viewed by the judges presiding over Trump’s multiple cases.  For example, Trump’s defense that he was simply acting on the advice of counsel does not apply when that advice is made — as Seligman’s report suggests — in bad faith. Similarly, as Rubin observes, Trump’s justification that he was acting in an official capacity is undercut by a finding that his actions were not even legally plausible. As Rubin points out, Seligman’s report and its conclusions may also impact Trump’s arguments that he is immune to state prosecutions under the Supremacy Clause and negate the efforts by Trump and others indicted (including most recently Mark Meadows), to remove their cases to federal court on the basis that they were acting under the “color of office.”

  3. The climate change hoax is barreling up towards Tampa. CNN is covering the story.

    Laura Ingraham's lead screed poses the question: Are African Americans tired of being taken for granted by Sleepy Joe?

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