Thoughts on Events the Week of July 22

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on July 31, 2019

The Mueller Report: Robert Mueller met with a couple of Congressional committees to discuss the report he issued recently. You probably know about this. It was in all the papers. The aftermath was typical of what our politics have become: a salad shooter – spin, spin, spin.

There is little more to be said about the report. It is published and Mueller has commented and testified about it as much as he is going to. It is all there for everyone to see and read. Russia interfered with our election; the report cited many contacts between Russians and Trump people, but Mueller concluded that while unprecedented and smarmy, it was not deliberate collusion; and the report listed 10 instances of obstruction of justice.

In his testimony, Mueller answered the one question in which I was interested, in the affirmative. When asked if Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice if he were not the sitting president, Mueller said yes, and indicated that when Trump is not in office, he could be indicted for obstruction.

(I’ll demur on the question why the DOJ says sitting presidents cannot be charged today when a lawsuit against President Clinton was allowed to go forward while he was in office, for which the Supreme Court is to blame. Perhaps the chaos caused by the Clinton experience is the reason people don’t want to go through that again.)

So, it’s all out there. The issue is no longer the report or Mueller’s testimony, but what we do with it. That is the test of the state of our democracy, and the indications are gloomy.

The best available remedy of our present situation is an election, and I still think that the drip, drip, drip of news of corruption, malfeasance and misfeasance by Trump will corrode Trump’s standing with enough of the American public that by the end of 2020, we will just want to see him gone.

We will have to see if Trump will be indicted after he leaves office. It’s clear the present DOJ will never do this, but a new administration might.

Kidnapped: An American, Francisco Erwin Galicia, was held in custody for 23 days by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, despite providing them his Texas drivers’ license, Social Security card and birth certificate. During his incarceration, he lost 26 pounds, more than a pound a day, and he wasn’t allowed to shower. Doesn’t sound like ideal, or even humane conditions to me.

This cannot be xenophobia, because Galicia is not a foreigner. He is an American citizen. This is a kidnapping, pure and simple, and apparently symptomatic of the lawlessness being perpetrated at our border, not by would be immigrants, but by our own authorities.

Status of the States: South Carolina gets the worst state cup again this week, and again thanks to its Senator Lindsay Graham, who gave full throated support to Trump’s lying reaction to the Mueller testimony. Graham is now officially the worst pig part in the Senate, other than the Majority leader, and that is really saying something in this Senate.

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