500 Legal Scholars Support Impeachment & Trump Rails Against Modern Toilets & Light Bulbs
More than 500 [and counting] legal scholars have signed onto a letter that argues that Donald Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct” in the Ukraine scandal. Not exactly a revelation, but it might help to undermine the "wrong, but not impeachable" defense used by some Trump supporters.
Their letter also drives home two key points about the Constitution's Impeachment Clause and Trump's conduct. They correctly point out that Trump's actions were exactly what the founders had in mind when they added the Clause, and that they undermine our political system.
Open Letter: "We do not reach this conclusion lightly. The Founders did not make impeachment available for disagreements over policy, even profound ones, nor for extreme distaste for the manner in which the President executes his office. Only “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” warrant impeachment. But there is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress. His conduct is precisely the type of threat to our democracy that the Founders feared when they included the remedy of impeachment in the Constitution." ...
"Impeachment is an especially essential remedy for conduct that corrupts elections. The primary check on presidents is political: if a president behaves poorly, voters can punish him or his party at the polls. A president who corrupts the system of elections seeks to place himself beyond the reach of this political check. At the Constitutional Convention, George Mason described impeachable offenses as “attempts to subvert the constitution.” Corrupting elections subverts the process by which the Constitution makes the president democratically accountable. Put simply, if a President cheats in his effort at re-election, trusting the democratic process to serve as a check through that election is no remedy at all. That is what impeachment is for." ...
2. Trump has a problem with modern toilets and light bulbs:
Donald Trump told reporters yesterday at a small business roundtable that his famous orange hue is caused by energy efficient light bulbs.
Trump, NBC: "They got rid of the light bulb that people got used to. The new bulb is many times more expensive. And I hate to say it, it doesn't make you look as good. Of course, being a vain person, that's very important to me," he said to laughs from the attendees. "It gives you an orange look. I don't want an orange look."
You would think that someone at the White House would tell the President that he looks orange even in natural light and that he should give up cheap spray tans. But no, instead the administration is considering a regulation to bring back the old light bulbs.
Modern "low-flow" toilets also seem to bother the President.
Trump, NBC: "People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So, EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion," he said, referring to the Environmental Protection Agency."
What in the world is he trying to flush? Perhaps someone at the White House should put together a briefing paper on the proper use of toilets.
But, it's not just toilets, it's the whole modern bathroom that's driving him crazy. Apparently he's been having some water pressure problems at the White House.
Trump, NBC: "We have a situation where we're looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms where you turn the faucet on, in areas where there's tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it, and you don't get any water. You turn on the faucet; you don't get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out. It's dripping out — very quietly dripping out," he told reporters."
He has asked the EPA to look into that too.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content