Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Poll: Forty-eight percent of American voters now want the president impeached

Mod: Presidential impeachment is in the air this spring, something both invigorating and refreshing. And just so you know, this is not just another attempt at trendy fashion chasing here by The Tattler. The polls are beginning show that quite a few folks are getting on board as well. We all need to face it, the biggest political reality show ever could be just around the corner.  

Poll Finds Growing Support for Impeaching Trump (Vice.com link): Over Trump's last month in office, the government has lost an FBI director, gained a controversial new healthcare bill, and left many people wondering whether or not the current administration can be trusted to handle highly classified intelligence. Perhaps those are just some of the reasons that a majority of American voters say they want Trump impeached, according to a new poll.

The poll, released Tuesday from Public Policy Polling, surveyed 692 registered voters from around the country between May 12–14—right after former FBI director James Comey's abrupt dismissal—and asked about their approval of Trump's job so far and how long they think he'll last in the Oval Office. It found that 48 percent of American voters think Trump should be impeached, while 41 percent disagree.

Even more voters—54 percent—disapprove with the job Trump's done, while only 40 percent approve. Those numbers are slightly higher than a Quinnipiac University poll released last Wednesday that clocked Trump's approval rating at just 36 percent. According to Gallup, Trump's 36 percent approval rating is a record low for any president since the poll began in 1953.

"There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac University Poll's assistant director, said. "Deepening concerns about Trump's honesty, intelligence, and level headedness are red flags that the administration simply can't brush away."

The participants in the Public Policy Poll were surveyed before the Washington Post revealed Monday that Trump had disclosed highly classified intelligence during a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week. While revealing sensitive intelligence to another foreign nation may be incredibly careless, it's not illegal, so impeachment on those grounds is still a long shot.

Still, with a scandal embroiling Trump and his administration seemingly every week, voters aren't confident he'll be in office for a full term—45 percent polled said he wouldn't last four years.

Mod: Slate.com (not wanting to miss out on all of the fun), has now published a roster of what they believe could be the Articles of Impeachment for Trump. It is a first pass, but what stands out is the numbers of items on their list. See if you agree.

Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump (Slate.com link): The framers of our Constitution likely never imagined a President like Donald J. Trump. And yet, they inserted impeachment provisions into the original text of the Constitution, some 230 years ago, to empower Congress to act in case a rube, tyrant, or criminal came to occupy the nation’s highest office.

It’s not crystal clear which Trump might be, but the president’s latest outrageous actions—the reported passing of highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office—should awake Republicans and Democrats in Congress to the dangers posed by Trump to the nation in case that wasn’t already obvious.

His conduct now goes far beyond mere offense or incitement to constitute actual damage to U.S. national security, the very definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” contemplated by the men who crafted the Constitution’s impeachment clauses. With this latest act, the time has come to commence the slow, deliberate process of demonstrating that Trump needs to be removed from office so he can harm the nation no more. A broad congressional inquiry should begin immediately, to inform drafters who will prepare articles of impeachment for consideration by the House and Senate.

While Republican control of Congress means that such proceedings won’t occur anytime soon, it’s clear that they are warranted. We don’t yet know for certain what precisely such an investigation would yield, but there is enough public information already available to roughly map out what such articles of impeachment might—and probably should—look like.

Article 1: Compromising the integrity of the presidency through continuing violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. From his first day in office, Trump’s continuing stake in Trump Organization businesses has violated the clause of the Constitution proscribing federal officials from receiving foreign payments. The true and full extent of Trump’s conflicts of interest remains unknown. For his part, Trump has transferred day-to-day control over these interests to his adult children and the management of the Trump Organization. However, he remains the ultimate beneficiary for these businesses, so the fundamental conflict of interest remains. These foreign business ties violate both the letter and spirit of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, and arguably provide the clearest basis for impeachment based on the facts and law.

Article 2: Violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the duties of his office by disregarding U.S. interests and pursuing the interests of a hostile foreign power, to wit, Russia. L’affaire Russia began during Trump’s campaign for the presidency, during which several top aides reportedly had contacts with Russia and its intelligence service. His campaign manager also had reportedly worked either directly or indirectly for the Kremlin. These contacts continued, famously, into the presidential transition, when the president’s chosen national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had his ill-fated contacts with Russia. Beyond these contacts, Trump has substantively acted in myriad ways that benefit Russia, including dangerous diplomacy that has reportedly frayed relationships with our allies and allegedly put allied intelligence assets at risk. By offering classified information to the Russians, it was reported that Trump risked the intelligence assets of a Middle Eastern ally that already warned American officials that it would stop sharing such information with America if that information was shared too widely. In risking that relationship, Trump has opened up the possibility for the loss of that information stream for combatting terrorism, and potentially put American lives at risk from the loss of intelligence that could inform officials about future attacks on Americans at home and abroad.

Article 3: Impairment and obstruction of inquiries by the Justice Department and Congress into the extent of the Trump administration’s conflicts of interests and Russia ties. The Trump administration has systematically impeded, avoided, or obstructed the machinery of justice to obscure its business relationships, its Russia ties, and the forces acting within the Trump White House to animate policy. The most egregious and visible examples have been Trump’s firings of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI Director James Comey. [Update, 6:18 p.m.: The New York Times reported on Tuesday afternoon on an even more egregious case of apparent obstruction of justice, wherein Trump allegedly directly asked Comey to end the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn.] Each termination had what appeared to be a lawful pretext; subsequent statements or admissions have indicated each had more to do with obstructing justice than holding leaders accountable. Alongside these sackings, the Trump administration has also worked to starve Justice Department inquiries of resources and refocus investigators on suspected leaks instead of the White House’s own Russia intrigues. The Trump administration also interfered with congressional inquiries through attempting to block witnesses like Yates from appearing or selective leaking of classified information to House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, compromising Nunes so badly he had to recuse himself from the matter.

Article 4: Undermining of the American judicial system through felonious intimidation of potential witnesses. In his desire to continue Comey’s public humiliation, and ensure Comey remained silent about Trump’s possible sins, the president threatened Comey on Twitter with disclosure of “tapes” of their conversations. This follows a pattern of Trump roughly treating witnesses and litigation adversaries that stretches back for decades before his presidency. Since taking office, Trump has also used the bully pulpit of his office to threaten intelligence officials for purported leaks and badger former Yates before her congressional testimony. In addition to falling beneath the dignity of the presidency, these verbal assaults also constitute obstruction of justice, prohibited by federal statutes on witness intimidation, retaliation against a witness, and obstruction of federal proceedings. These attacks don’t just harm the individuals who are targeted; they assault and undermine the rule of law. As such, they constitute further grounds for impeachment of Trump and his removal from the presidency.

Article 5: Undermining of his office and the Constitution through repeated assaults on the integrity of the federal judiciary and its officers. During the presidential campaign, Trump publicly attacked federal district Judge Gonzalo Curiel on the basis of his ethnicity, saying Curiel had been “extremely hostile to (Trump),” and that the judge had ruled against Trump because of his “Mexican heritage.” Since taking office, Trump has continued his unpresidential assaults on the federal judiciary, particularly after repeatedly losing court battles over his travel bans. At one point, he described a member of the bench as a “so-called judge,” undermining the premise of an independent judiciary. These statements also undermined both the dignity and power of the presidency, and threaten the rule of law by attacking the integrity of the federal judiciary.

Article 6: Demeaning the integrity of government and its public servants, particularly the military and intelligence agencies, in contravention of his constitutional duties to serve as chief executive and commander in chief of the armed forces. Trump swept into office with considerable disdain for the government and its military. Indeed, during his campaign, he insulted former prisoners of war, Purple Heart recipients, and Gold Star families; criticized the military for its performance in Iraq; and said today’s generals and admirals had been “reduced to rubble” during the Obama administration. Trump carried this disdain into the presidency, through his attacks on the “deep state” of military and intelligence officials that he believed to be obstructing his agenda. He also demeaned the military and its apolitical ethos through use of military fora and audiences as public spectacle—first to sign his immigration order in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes, and then to deliver rambling speeches at military and intelligence headquarters suggesting that pro-Trump elements in those agencies were grateful Trump had taken power. Trump has also continued to wage political war against his intelligence community, suggesting as recently as Tuesday morning that it was sabotaging his administration through leaking and other nefarious activities. In doing these things, Trump has undermined his constitutional office as president and commander in chief of the armed forces.

Article 7: Dereliction of his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the office of president by failing to timely appoint officers of the United States to administer the nation’s federal agencies. Shortly after taking office, Trump administration strategist Stephen Bannon articulated his plan for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” During its first four months in office, the Trump administration’s neglect of governance illustrates how this strategy is to be executed: delay of political appointments, failure to reach budget agreements with Congress in a timely manner, and deliberate neglect of governance and government operations. These actions and failures risk the health, welfare, and security of the nation, and represent a dereliction of Trump’s constitutional duty to faithfully execute the office of the presidency.

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35 comments:

  1. Lock him up! Drain this sewage out of the swamp!

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  2. GOP anger at Trump is building
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333739-the-memo-gop-anger-at-trump-is-building

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  3. Trump Impeachment Talk Grows From Conspiracy Theory To Mainstream
    http://www.npr.org/2017/05/17/528743744/the-president-the-comey-memo-and-the-elephant-in-the-room-impeachment

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  4. There is really good news for us: PPP's new national poll finds that Republicans are facing significant backlash over the health care bill that's having the effect of firing up Democrats and putting them in position to make major gains in the House next year. Democrats now have a 49-38 lead overall on the generic Congressional ballot, up from 47-41 a month ago. Even more notable though is that among voters who say they're 'very excited' to turn out in the 2018 election, the Democratic lead balloons to 27 points at 61-34. The outcome of lower turnout midterm elections often hinges on which side is more engaged, and Democrats have the clear advantage at this point on that front- 63% of their voters say they're 'very excited' about voting in next year's election compared to only 52% of Republicans who say the same.

    This poll was before yesterday's bomb shells, so the next poll should be even more devastating.

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  5. McCain: Russia probe reaching the point 'of Watergate size'
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/politics/john-mccain-watergate-trump/

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  6. This is exhausting. I thought we'd gone a day without some kind of BS. Obstructing the FBI? Jailing reporters? Leaking the most classified of information to the Russians?

    Is he TRYING to get impeached? In 24 hours he's gone after the intelligence community, the Feds, and the entire fourth estate. I've said for decades that Trump was stupid, but sweet Jesus.

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  7. There seems to be a uncanny correlation between how Putin runs Russia and how Trump is trying to run the U.S.A.- just how one dictator runs his people and country ?

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    1. It remains to be seen if the Republicans will put the Constitution ahead of the selfish needs of their campaign donors.

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  8. my question would be why is everyone so surprised Trump is acting like a criminal. Everyone knew that before he was elected allegedly elected.

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    1. They're more likely to get him on this stuff than Russian election hacking.

      Trump’s deep links to organized crime: Federal investigators know and the public is catching on
      http://www.salon.com/2017/04/18/trumps-deep-links-to-organized-crime-federal-investigators-know-and-the-public-is-catching-on_partner/

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    2. USA Today: Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters

      To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor.

      The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.

      Among them:
      • A member of the firm that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York is a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man and later scouted for Trump investments in Russia.

      • An investor in the SoHo project was accused by Belgian authorities in 2011 in a $55 million money-laundering scheme.

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/28/trump-business-past-ties-russian-mobsters-organized-crime/98321252/

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    3. all of this is fake news fake fake fake

      all innuendos - no facts - liberal lame stream media

      fake news

      whew...so that's what if feels like to be a brain dead Trump supporter

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    4. Yeah. The equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling "La! La! La!" as loudly as you can.

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    5. Yeah - if he doesn't get impeached real soon I'm pretty sure he'll want to make science illegal. It doesn't make sense but he will try.

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    6. Science is hard, and hurts feelings.

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  9. Moving on, we are continuing to drain the swamp and remove the nations gangs! MS 13 is now on the news!!!

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    1. What about Russia's gangs?

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    2. Yes and 80% of those arrested in MS-13 were American citizens American citizens cannot be deported yet

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    3. Trumpers are far more concerned about race.

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    4. Trump corporate cronies are the gang that we most need to worry about.

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    5. Same crowd, a lot of them.

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  10. Trump is whining up a storm today. "No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly than me."

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    1. Oh good Lord, have to add victimhood schtick to the list of his psychological problems.

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    2. He is kind of a snowflake that way.

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  11. Yea I know! His dumb ass is giving away secrets... did he get anything in return? Anything? He dumb. I wonder what a typical normal Russian person perspective on all this is... are they laughing even harder at us that we are at ourselves for being a nation lead by an absolute moronic criminal?

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    1. Normal Russian person just as dumb as Americans

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  12. I've decided I want Trump to stay in office.......With a new scandal every week the politicians can't get their very important "stuff" done. No wall, no new tax bill, no health care replacement. We may be better off with them obstructing themselves.

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  13. I know this is your blog, John, but I wish you would go back to really blasting these Democrats that continue to tax us to death here in California. We can have more of an impact at the local level. If we put good candidates in to office who have a bent for fiscal accountability, we will be better off in the long run. Just a thought.

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    1. 2 answers:
      - it was a Republican that got Measure UUT passed in Sierra Madre.
      - Trump is a potential national disaster. Few Republicans are willing to put country ahead of politics.

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    2. How do you get a measure passed without voters?

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    3. Send out a bazillion deceptive postcards that claim the city will kill the library unless it gets some ransom money.

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  14. Of Slate.com's Articles of Impeachment, only #1 and #3 would constitute an actual cause for impeachment. The rest of them are the author's opinion and whining, neither of which constitute a crime - high or otherwise. People who don't understand the Constitution or the law really shouldn't offer up suggestions that do little more than expose their ignorance.

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    1. Two counts of impeachment work? Awesome. Let's rock!

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  15. Today the stock market had it's worst day since last September. Concern over Trump's bizarre behavior is the reason given.

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  16. Trolls get trumped again!

    Wall Street Is Starting To Panic About Trump
    Stocks dropped 1.8 percent Wednesday.

    Count your pennies you been braggin' about fool!

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