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The President’s pardon power

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Maybe someone has been reading my blog. Last month I recommended that Trump should pardon Flynn.

From today’s Washington Post:

Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

Another question I have: Who is leaking this stuff to the press? Any lawyer talking about confidential conversations with clients should be disbarred.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 21, 2017 at 7:02 am

Posted in Law

Tort reform?

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“gda” writes in a comment:

Krauthammer says tort reform alone would lower health costs 25%. But of course the lawyers work assiduously to make sure there is no real discussion, and certainly no implementation, of that.

Great idea, Republicans should work on tort reform instead of repealing Obamacare. Everybody would win except for lawyers.

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July 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Trump should pardon Flynn

Just to demonstrate that he has the Constitutional authority that do that. No one could say that Trump “obstructed justice” when the person being investigated is immune to ever being put in prison for the crime being investigated.

And it’s my opinion that Flynn genuinely doesn’t deserve to be investigated and charged with crimes that no one else in his situation would have been charged with. The Deep State is just out to get him because he’s a friend of Trump.

Trump could point out that Bill Clinton pardoned Mark Rich who was guilty of real crimes and not fake crimes.

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Re-read my February 15, 2017 post about Michael Flynn where I supported Trump firing him, and pointed out that Flynn is “a little bit nutty” and “lacking in managerial competency” and not that smart.

These are the qualities that make him a weak link, and therefore the subject of an investigation whose real objective is to build a case (or rather create a political climate) for the impeachment of Trump.

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June 11, 2017 at 11:13 am

Posted in Law

The story so far?

The FBI never found anything that would show Trump colluded with the Russians to hack emails, or even that anyone working for him did that.

We also know that Comey hates Trump, and that Comey wants him impeached (if you have even the least ability to read between the lines of Comey’s testimony, then you know that).

Comey knows that if you investigate enough, eventually you find something. There are so many laws that everyone is guilty of something, especially if you’re involved in activities with very complicated laws, an activity like dealing with foreign governments.

Flynn was seen as the weakest link among Trump’s people, so he became the main target of investigation. He was investigated for talking to Russians AFTER Trump already won the election and not filling out government paperwork correctly (which is probably like not filling out your taxes correctly in a manner that’s beneficial to the taxpayer, something that most people have done). If everyone on Hillary Clinton’s team was investigated so thoroughly, I am sure the similar stuff would have been found there. If anything, more so, I get the impression that Hillary’s people don’t think that the law applies to them.

Comey says Trump is a “liar,” but what Trump allegedly lied about is why he fired Comey. Let’s get real here, no ever says the real reason why they fire someone. NEVER. Trump didn’t feel like it was appropriate to to say “I fired Comey because he’s trying to get me impeached, and I’m really pissed about that.” So instead he said some bullshit.

Normally, at that level, people are asked to hand in their resignation, and everyone pretends like there wasn’t actually a firing, but Trump knew Comey would never have agreed to that.

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June 9, 2017 at 7:25 am

Posted in Law, Politics

Is Alan Dershowitz reading my blog?

He wrote at Fox News:

I think it is important to put to rest the notion that there was anything criminal about the president exercising his constitutional power to fire Comey and to request – “hope” – that he let go the investigation of General Flynn. Just as the president would have had the constitutional power to pardon Flynn and thus end the criminal investigation of him, he certainly had the authority to request the director of the FBI to end his investigation of Flynn.

That sounds very much like what I wrote this morning:

Constitutionally, I don’t see how [obstruction of justice is] possible, because the President has the authority to tell DOJ and the FBI who to investigate and who not to, and furthermore Trump has the power to pardon anyone he wants for whatever reason, so surely he has the lesser power to do whatever it is that liberals think he did.

Notice that we both mention the President’s pardon power.

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Barrack Obama should know very well that the President has the power to tell federal law enforcement what NOT to do. He directed federal agencies not to enforce the immigration laws.

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June 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

Posted in Law, News

Is Obama a natural-born citizen?

It makes absolutely no sense that Obama’s mother would travel to a third-world country to have a baby, and then fly right back to attend college in Washington State. So of course Obama was born in the United States.

There’s a legal debate about whether one’s a “natural-born citizen” if one’s father is not a citizen, even though the birth took place in the United States and the mother is a natural-born citizen herself. But it’s a debate in which the side arguing against Obama has thoroughly lost. Unlike global warming, which may not actually be happening even though there’s a consensus, consensus does solve legal debates.

Obama has a stronger claim to natural-born citizenship than Ted Cruz who was possibly born in Canada.

It’s kind of stupid that we are still talking about Obama’s citizenship in 2017.

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And while we are talking about things that make no sense, Pizzagate conspiracy nuts believe that an older woman would bring her pre-adolescent nieces and nephews to a pool party so that Hillary Clinton’s coterie could sexually abuse them. That makes absolutely no sense.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm

Posted in Law

Outrageously bad Supreme Court decision

I only read the NY Times article and not the text of the decision or the dissent, but I think it’s pretty clear what happened. After the trial was over, two jurors went to the judge and told on another juror who they said made racist remarks about the defendant.

Thus, the Supreme Court holds that a mistrial can be declared based on the jurors’ testimony, overturning hundreds of years of tradition that what happens in the jury room is totally secret.

Justice Kennedy joined with the liberals on this one. Obviously what they believe is that racism is so evil that it can’t be ignored. So now, jurors can say any mean or moronic thing about the defendant that they want and the conviction can’t be overturned, as long as it’s not racist, because racism is going too far, it’s just too evil to be ignored.

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March 6, 2017 at 8:21 pm

Posted in Law

Milo Yiannopoulos video

The video is found on this page [link has been fixed].

For more context, here’s a link to an older YouTube video where Milo pretty much says the same thing (so his views were already out there).

This is the first time I’ve ever watched this guy speak. I have no idea where he came from all of a sudden or how he became a famous alt-righter (now called the new right because the MSM declared that alt-right=racist) without me being aware of who he is.

I think that Milo is telling us that among gay men, relations between adult men and teenage boys is a lot more commonplace than the gays normally let straight people know about. Milo has also stated the opinion that such relationships are often beneficial for the boys involved, because they benefit from an older gay teaching them the gay ropes and helping them feel good about their gayness. If it’s true that gay men commonly believe this, than Milo is doing us a service by pointing this out, and shooting the messenger won’t change that fact. It’s a message that won’t come from the liberal mainstream media which will never publish anything about gays that straight people would find icky.

Milo also has an opinion, and it’s an opinion that has been expressed here in the comments of my blog, that people become sexually mature before they turn 18 or some other arbitrary age-of-consent, and it’s not “pedophilia” if you are sexually attracted to sexually mature teenagers, whether you are attracted to male or female teenagers.

Milo is personally expressing an opinion. How can laws ever get changed for the better if people aren’t allowed to say they disagree with them the way they are? Milo has not admitted to violating any statutory rape laws as an adult.

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February 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

Posted in Law, News

Who ever heard of the “Logan Act”?

Who knew it was illegal for a citizen “without the authority of the United States” to talk to foreign governments? Haven’t Jimmy Carter and a whole bunch of other famous people, especially liberal Democrats, been doing exactly that for decades? (Actually, upon doing research, it turns out that people have been doing that since at least 1798 when George Logan talked to France, which pissed of Congress so much that they passed the Logan Act in 1799, named after the guy who pissed them off.)

According to the Wikipedia article on the Logan Act,

1. Only one indictment under the Act in 1803, and that guy was never even prosecuted beyond an indictment.
2. District Court in Waldron v. British Petroleum Co., 231 F. Supp. 72 (S.D.N.Y. 1964) said the act was probably unconstitutional but did not rule on the question.
3. Constitutionality of the Logan Act has been publicly questioned by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

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A commenter writes: “democratic senator tulsi gabbard went to syria in january, where she met with assad. she then went on talk shows, admitted this, and no one is saying she violated the logan act.”

Exactly! But I would say it with uppercase letters where norms of style dictate.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2017 at 7:50 am

Posted in Law, Politics

“Dreamer” arrested by mistake

As reported by Reuters.

It was obviously a mistake. The Trump administration would surely be smart enough to make sure the first intentional arrest of someone granted illegal amnesty by the Obama administration would happen outside of the territory of the hostile 9th circuit.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2017 at 7:27 am

Posted in Immigration, Law

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