His Royal Highness, the President
There are way too many pictures of the various subjects of this piece already floating everywhere on the internet so you get to look at my dog sleeping instead.
In all the discussions of the latest crop of subpoenas from the House of Representatives to various trumpian characters, Giuliani, et al, there seems to be a fair degree of certainty that now, now that they are using the actual word, “impeach,” now the intransigent opponent will have to sit up and take notice, will have to respond because the courts and official and we’re serious and all. I doubt it.
When Wm. Barr came on the scene, following Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, I heard references to his support for the concept of a “unitary executive.” He had sent an unsolicited memo to Rod Rosenstein, then deputy attorney general and Robert Mueller’s boss. He maintained in that memo that
“Trump’s firing of Jim Comey as director of the FBI could not be obstruction of justice regardless of Trump’s motives, Barr argued, because the president’s power to remove executive branch officials is ‘illimitable.’”
Consider that. Illimitable.
Perhaps it’s just that I have been drenched in the propaganda of democracy and American Patriotism all my life but that word rankles. Just the use of it in any context that includes any part of the US government makes my stomach clench.
It turns out that the theory of the “unitary executive” includes many illimitable powers assigned to the American President. Those who subscribe to that theory believe it was the intent of the founders. Of course, everyone in the US with any political idea, crackpot or otherwise, attributes it to the revered founders. Those who oppose this theory insist that it was in no way the founders’ intention and can cite writings, in the Federalist Papers and elsewhere, to back up their belief. The unitarians (can I call them that?) seem to have less substantial documentation.
Not only is Barr one of the major proponents of this theory, he’s been working on it, on bringing it into practice and acceptance since Reagan days. No wonder 45 likes him. He, too, believes the president is king.
This belief figured in both the Iran-Contra and the Valerie Plame cases. Subpoenas were resisted. That congress had no authority over the president or the executive department staff was asserted. So this isn’t new at all and it hasn’t been resolved. In Plame they managed to run out the clock until the Obama administration turned over the subpoenaed documents after the Bush people were gone. No consequences then nor in the eighties for resisting Congressional oversight.
You can read all about it here. There’s more information and greater understanding.
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09/30/2019 @ 9:23 pm
I remember reading that I should comment on my posts. My dog just turned 14. That’s a comment.
10/01/2019 @ 6:18 am
And I just turned 65. That’s another comment.
As long as the AG can’t block impeachment.
10/01/2019 @ 9:12 am
You child, you.
Can’t impeach if the prez is empowered to do anything he wants.
10/01/2019 @ 10:29 am
If you’re saying your pup would be a better fit for our presidency, well, no one vaguely sane could argue.
10/01/2019 @ 6:14 pm
I happened across an article that better sums up the “The Prospect” article in my post.
“Barr and others on the right have sought relentlessly for four decades to concentrate power in the president and strip power from Congress,” Miller writes, adding that “Barr is committed to presidential power with or without legal authority and with or without public support. And he will advance presidential power by any means necessary, which includes frivolous legal arguments and dilatory tactics forbidden by court rules and canons of legal ethics, and false testimony forbidden by criminal law.”
Art W. Stone
10/07/2019 @ 10:17 am
Can dogs vote?
That’s the best comment.
10/07/2019 @ 12:06 pm
Hey, the dog’s just here for decoration. He’s way too smart to vote for an ignorant cheetoh! 😎