Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Report: Trump's assertion of Obama wiretapping may increase impeachment odds
President Trump's Saturday tweet storm regarding Obama, wiretapping and the next Watergate could bring serious consequences.
Noah Feldman of Bloomberg has made a case for how impeachment could be among them.
He notes that Trump's apparently unfounded assertions may not fall under the free speech protection granted by the First Amendment.
Further, says Feldman, "An allegation of potentially criminal misconduct made without evidence is itself a form of serious misconduct by the government official who makes it."
He continues, "How is such misconduct by an official to be addressed?...The answer is that the constitutional remedy for presidential misconduct is impeachment."
Feldman further notes, "If the alleged action would be impeachable if true, so must be the allegation if false. Anything else would give the president the power to distort democracy by calling his opponents criminals without ever having to prove it."
Trump's tweets regarding the wiretapping are notably lacking in the proof category.
Two of the tweets read, "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" and "How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
Senator Lindsey Graham agrees that the situation has the potential to be a scandal of Nixon proportions, but not quite in the same way Trump suggests.
During a recent town hall meeting, Graham said, "I don't know if it's true or not, but if it is true, it would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate. The other side of the story, if the former president of the United States was able to obtain a warrant, lawfully, to monitor Trump's campaign for violating the law, that would be the biggest scandal since Watergate."
Let's hear it from Witchy :
Trump sunk his own ship with the ridiculous accusation....
It is almost like he wants to be impeached because he is in over his head
with this "so-called president' thing.
Republicans 'YOU' guys hired a sick, incompetent, and serial liar for the top position in the world. Reap what ye sow.
Maybe that's why 76% or so of eligible voters decided not to even bother?
Here's the medical definition -
"Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism. "
Posted by ~~ Witchy ~~ at 3/07/2017 03:05:00 PM