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Slobodan Blagojevic

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3200 on: January 21, 2020, 07:20:26 am »

What real men think of Tump. Not metrosexuals, and the alphabet soup of freaks.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3201 on: January 21, 2020, 07:29:03 am »

Of course. When the country is the size of a post stamp, it doesn’t take that many years to walk around and get to know all the aspects of it (there aren't that many to begin with, due to a more homogeneous religious, racial, ethnic, etc. culture).
So I understand that if your country is small it takes less time to walk from border to border;
With some big nations it may take a lifetime to walk from border to border.
After doing that you are fit to lead the country... ;)
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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3202 on: January 21, 2020, 03:20:59 pm »

Four minute portion of an interview of Donald Trump when he was 34 during the Iranian hostage situation.  He  comments on the presidency, who would make a good leader, and also his feelings about the American hostages taken by Iran back then.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAgJAxkALyc

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3203 on: January 21, 2020, 04:11:17 pm »

Legal scholars demolish Trump's main defense in the impeachment trial.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/20/us/politics/trump-impeachment-legal-defense.html
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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3204 on: January 21, 2020, 04:43:58 pm »

Legal scholars demolish Trump's main defense in the impeachment trial...

If only legal scholars would be relevant for the political impeachment.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3205 on: January 22, 2020, 04:10:32 am »

Legal scholars demolish Trump's main defense in the impeachment trial.

Some do, some don't. 'Tis ever thus; 100% consensus is a rare beast.

Jeremy
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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3206 on: January 22, 2020, 09:37:27 am »

Some do, some don't. 'Tis ever thus; 100% consensus is a rare beast.

Jeremy

There's money to be made on both sides! 'Twas ever thus.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3207 on: January 22, 2020, 11:18:46 am »

There's money to be made on both sides!

And damned glad I am of it, too.

Jeremy
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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3208 on: January 22, 2020, 12:02:50 pm »

I'd like to hear <insert usual suspects here>  defend the White House refusal to release documentation and to permit informed witness testimony.

If the records show that they're innocent, isn't it in their interest to produce those records?
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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3209 on: January 22, 2020, 12:03:58 pm »

Some do, some don't. 'Tis ever thus; 100% consensus is a rare beast.

Jeremy

Let's not "both sides"this...  To be fair, Trump or no Trump, MOST without a direct interest argue that statutory crimes are not required for impeachment, and historically that argument matches with the available primary, contemporary (1789-era) writings and the *likely* concerns of my nation's founders (a subject I hold a degree in).  I have yet to see a counter argument that argues otherwise with any support from foundational documents.
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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3210 on: January 22, 2020, 12:11:45 pm »

I'd like to hear <insert usual suspects here>  defend the White House refusal to release documentation and to permit informed witness testimony.

If the records show that they're innocent, isn't it in their interest to produce those records?

The usual suspect would like to reiterate, for the millionth time, that the very basics of the Western justice is that the accused do not need to prove their innocence.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3211 on: January 22, 2020, 12:45:34 pm »

The usual suspect would like to reiterate, for the millionth time, that the very basics of the Western justice is that the accused do not need to prove their innocence.
Nonsense.  That's a modern civilized procedure that won't get the results we want. We should place the accused Trump on the rack and stretch him until he begs for mercy and admits his guilt.   If it worked in the 14th century,  it should work now.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3212 on: January 22, 2020, 03:20:31 pm »

... To be fair, Trump or no Trump, MOST without a direct interest argue that statutory crimes are not required for impeachment...

Which is what I said several pages back, based on my, admittedly, rudimentary understanding of the subject. I said then, and now, that the Constitution technically allows the Congress to impeach Trump for being... orange. No crime required. Being orange with a combover is already a high misdemeanor. Now, in reality, although technically possible, that wouldn't sit well with most Americans, independents in particular, who would still expect some serious crime behind impeachment.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3213 on: January 22, 2020, 03:34:49 pm »

Which is what I said several pages back, based on my, admittedly, rudimentary understanding of the subject. I said then, and now, that the Constitution technically allows the Congress to impeach Trump for being... orange. No crime required. Being orange with a combover is already a high misdemeanor. Now, in reality, although technically possible, that wouldn't sit well with most Americans, independents in particular, who would still expect some serious crime behind impeachment.
Asking a foreign head of state to dig up dirt on a political rival isn't enough for most Americans? Obviously not the conservatives, but most Americans?

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3214 on: January 22, 2020, 03:39:00 pm »

Which is what I said several pages back, based on my, admittedly, rudimentary understanding of the subject. I said then, and now, that the Constitution technically allows the Congress to impeach Trump for being... orange. No crime required. Being orange with a combover is already a high misdemeanor. Now, in reality, although technically possible, that wouldn't sit well with most Americans, independents in particular, who would still expect some serious crime behind impeachment.

Agreed.  And certainly I'm no staunch originalist, (In fact, I think I've made the argument somewhere before on here that I find strict originalism patently ridiculous), so the idea that the reason for impeachment needs to be congruent with modern sensibilities isn't that big of a stretch for me in a general sense.   

Thing is, I think Trump's behavior easily reaches this standard.  Others disagree :)
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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3215 on: January 22, 2020, 03:40:21 pm »

Asking a foreign head of state to dig up dirt on a political rival...

This, of course, I just your opinion. I do not agree that's what happened.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3216 on: January 22, 2020, 03:47:06 pm »

This, of course, I just your opinion. I do not agree that's what happened.
I didn't expect you to agree with me. I just don't buy the argument that choosing Joe Biden as the only person to investigate for corruption was a pure coincidence.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3217 on: January 22, 2020, 03:52:47 pm »

I didn't expect you to agree with me. I just don't buy the argument that choosing Joe Biden as the only person to investigate for corruption was a pure coincidence.

As is firing a single government official as the only person responsible for corruption in Ukraine.

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3218 on: January 22, 2020, 04:11:25 pm »

The argument that no crime has to have been committed is in opposition to the Constitution.  It's false and an argument used by the Democrats and those opposed to Trump to justify a political impeachment that had no basis as a crime, which is required.

The constitutional phrase says impeachment is for :"...Treason, Bribery, and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors."   The text uses the word crimes.  What could be clearer?  It also compares High crimes to Treason and Bribery which are crimes.  These are serious offenses and crimes that could lead to execution in the case of Treason.   Sure, Congress can do what it wants.  That doesn't mean they are conforming with the intent and specification of the Constitution. 

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Re: Impeaching Donald Trump
« Reply #3219 on: January 22, 2020, 04:19:35 pm »

Bottom line is the Senate should dismiss the impeachment based on the fact that it did not specify a crime.  This is important for the future. Otherwise, we will have political impeachments every time the congress and the presidents are from different parties or whenever congress feels that it;s a good idea to impeach.  There would be no standards.  By drawing a line now, the Senate will prevent stupid impeachments in the future.  Otherwise we're going to face this as a regular situation which is very destructive to the democratic process.  That's why we have elections.
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