September 30, 2019
When Rudy Is Your Friend…

…you don’t need an enemy. Tony Piel explains:

As the American people have now learned, an (unnamed) whistleblower,” that is, a concerned US intelligence officer, has filed an official complaint that President Trump & Giuliani, in violation of several US laws, have been repeatedly calling and putting pressure on a foreign leader, believed to be President Zelensky of Ukraine, in order to get him to find “dirt” on potential 2020 Presidential rival candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, in return for the reputed US release of some $ 250 million worth of military arms shipments. (???)

If true, then Trump and Giuliani have conspired (a) to violate US election laws, (b) to abrogate the US Constitution’s ban on foreign source “emoluments” (meaning something like money or information “of value”), (c) to engage in criminal corruption, and, in short possibly (d) to commit treason against the US, putting personal political and financial interests before the policies, principles and interests of the US and the American people. So much for duty, integrity and patriotism. Trump, of course, is asserting his imagined “executive privilege” to do “whatever I want,” including the blocking of whistleblower material being forwarded to the US Congress as the law requires. So, what is the actual (not imaginary) law governing this situation ?

The accusing whistleblower in this case is rightly relying on the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 which requires intelligence employees to submit such complaint to the Inspector-General (which he did), and then, if found “credible” and “urgent” (which it was) then it is to be forwarded to the Director of National Intelligence, not for final decision, but to be sure the material does not contain other national security secrets that should be “redacted” before on-sending.

The Act then states (i.e. requires) that within seven days the Director of National Intelligence shall forward the material to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees of the US Congress. There is no wriggle room left here to escape this law, unless the words “shall forward” no longer mean “will forward” in the age of Trump. Is a sitting or lying President no longer subject to the rule of law ? Or to plain English ?

When Rudi Giuliani now steps forward to defend Trump with words and actions even more outlandish and stupid than Trump himself could “think” up, you know that the White House is in a “deep state” of trouble.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 30, 2019 06:45 PM
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