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Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:12 PM

George Conway: Trump is a cancer on the presidency. Congress should remove him.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-conway-trump-is-a-cancer-on-the-presidency-congress-should-remove-him/2019/04/18/e75a13d8-6220-11e9-bfad-36a7eb36cb60_story.html


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The Constitution commands the president to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” It requires him to affirm that he will “faithfully execute the Office of President” and to promise to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” And as a result, by taking the presidential oath of office, a president assumes the duty not simply to obey the laws, civil and criminal, that all citizens must obey, but also to be subjected to higher duties — what some excellent recent legal scholarship has termed the “fiduciary obligations of the president.”

Fiduciaries are people who hold legal obligations of trust, like a trustee of a trust. A trustee must act in the beneficiary’s best interests and not his own. If the trustee fails to do that, the trustee can be removed, even if what the trustee has done is not a crime.

So too with a president. The Constitution provides for impeachment and removal from office for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” But the history and context of the phrase “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” makes clear that not every statutory crime is impeachable, and not every impeachable offense need be criminal. As Charles L. Black Jr. put it in a seminal pamphlet on impeachment in 1974, “assaults on the integrity of the processes of government” count as impeachable, even if they are not criminal.

And presidential attempts to abuse power by putting personal interests above the nation’s can surely be impeachable. The president may have the raw constitutional power to, say, squelch an investigation or to pardon a close associate. But if he does so not to serve the public interest, but to serve his own, he surely could be removed from office, even if he has not committed a criminal act.

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Trump tried to “limit the scope of the investigation.” He tried to discourage witnesses from cooperating with the government through “suggestions of possible future pardons.” He engaged in “direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony.” A fair reading of the special counsel’s narrative is that “the likely effect” of these acts was “to intimidate witnesses or to alter their testimony,” with the result that “the justice system’s integrity [was] threatened.” Page after page, act after act, Mueller’s report describes a relentless torrent of such obstructive activity by Trump.

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As for Trump’s supposed defense that there was no underlying “collusion” crime, well, as the special counsel points out, it’s not a defense, even in a criminal prosecution. But it’s actually unhelpful in the comparison to Watergate. The underlying crime in Watergate was a clumsy, third-rate burglary in an election campaign that turned out to be a landslide.

The investigation that Trump tried to interfere with here, to protect his own personal interests, was in significant part an investigation of how a hostile foreign power interfered with our democracy. If that’s not putting personal interests above a presidential duty to the nation, nothing is.

White House counsel John Dean famously told Nixon that there was a cancer within the presidency and that it was growing. What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump.

Congress now bears the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay.

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Reply George Conway: Trump is a cancer on the presidency. Congress should remove him. (Original post)
highplainsdem Apr 2019 OP
hlthe2b Apr 2019 #1
highplainsdem Apr 2019 #7
Funtatlaguy Apr 2019 #2
Gore1FL Apr 2019 #8
Solly Mack Apr 2019 #3
highplainsdem Apr 2019 #4
tanyev Apr 2019 #5
WhiteTara Apr 2019 #6
spanone Apr 2019 #9

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:15 PM

1. I hope he's updated his rabies shots before heading home...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:45 PM

7. LOL!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:16 PM

2. Sleeping outside permanently.

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 09:20 PM

8. Maybe one of them likes it rough and this is just foreplay. nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:23 PM

3. That would only work (for the best) if the metastatic growths are also eradicated.

Secondary malignant growths survive if only the primary site of cancer is excised. Cancer remains even if the primary (Trump) is cut out.

The courts - judges placed by Trump, for one example - can be considered secondary malignant growths.





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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:37 PM

4. Michelle Goldberg: Mr. @KellyannePolls is right

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:37 PM

5. I guess George didn't apologize to Kellyanne today.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:38 PM

6. He's a Federalist and they're trying to protect

their turf. It's a gang war at the highest levels.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 09:21 PM

9. trump is a cancer on the world.

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