Can An Honest Investigation Happen?
10 months ago Citizen#7 0
Imagine the campaign for President in reverse, it went something like this…..
The Republican National Committee was hacked by Russian hackers and candidate Trump complained about the invasion into his campaign and ensuing leaks to the press through Wikileaks. Within two hours of Hillary Clinton’s Access Hollywood tape revealing how she liked to grab men by their penis, Wikileaks revealed a trove of information about the Republican candidate and party that was at minimum embarrassing. Candidate Trump was outraged and pointed out next time it could be the Democrats that were hacked. Clinton publicly asked Russia to hack Trump again to get more confidential information out to the public.
What would happen if the above scenario actually happened? We’ll never know but given the outrage over events during Clinton’s term as Secretary of State we can imagine.
This is what we do know.
Wikileaks revealed documents stolen from the DNC within three hours of an audio tape of Donald Trump bragging about his misogynistic behavior was made public. Was that more than a coincidence?
On November 4th 2016 Trump said “Boy I love reading those Wikileaks” at a Wilmington Ohio campaign rally. This claim or similar ones professing his love of Wikileaks was repeated throughout his campaign. 17 different US Intelligence agencies confirm Russian hackers are responsible for stealing the DNC documents and forwarding them to Wikileaks. All 17 intelligence agencies believe Russia is behind the leaks despite Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange’s claims that Russia wasn’t involved.
How did Congress respond to the hacking of the DNC, Hillary Clinton, or John Podesta? On February 26th Republican House Chair Devin Nunes said “This is almost like McCarthyism revisited. We’re going to go on a witch hunt against innocent Americans”.
On February 27th, Press Secretary Sean Spicer arranged for Trump’s CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr to call concerned Republican journalists telling them the story about Trump and Russian connections in the New York Times wasn’t true but weren’t given details. These claims of Trump innocence were done prior to any investigation by either the Senate or House of Representatives.
Republicans have refused to initiate a blue ribbon panel to independently investigate election hacking and team Trump’s many contacts with Russia.
Further, imagine you work in the FBI and you have been charged to investigate Trump and the Russian hacking of the 2016 election. To avoid any embarrassing or questionable behavior or information from becoming public you are transferred to Mongolia or passed over for promotion, or passed over for a raise.
Today, March 19, 2017 we are finding out that the Senate has asked Roger Stone one of Trump’s informal advisors has been asked YESTERDAY 3-17-2017 to preserve all documents electronic or hard copies, YESTERDAY.
Mr. Stone has already acknowledged trading messages over Twitter with Guccifer 2.0 the online persona that officials believe was actually Russian intelligence officers. Could Mr. Stone have deleted or destroyed documents legally before 3-17-2017?
In September 2014, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen were found guilty of 11 counts of corruption. Authorities allege that for nearly two years, the McDonnells repeatedly asked executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. for loans and gifts of money, clothes, golf fees and equipment, trips, and private plane rides. The gifts and loans totaled at least $165,000.
In exchange, authorities allege, the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governor’s office to Williams’s struggling company, Star Scientific, a former small cigarette manufacturer that now sells dietary supplements.
June 27, 2016 in a unanimous vote the Supreme Court overturned the lower courts public corruption charges. Chief Justice John Roberts, rejected the government’s position that simply agreeing to meet with someone on account of such largesse could be enough to constitute an official act that could trigger a corruption conviction.
February 12, 2017, Donald Trump’s two sons Eric and Donald went to Dubai to officially open Trump International Golf Club. The 18-hole Dubai golf course is part of a larger villa and apartment building project by DAMAC Properties, a Dubai-based developer owned by billionaire Hussain Sajwani. Recently renamed DAMAC Hills, the project surrounds the golf club managed by the Trump Organization.
One of the Trump Organization’s subsidiaries received from $1 million to $5 million from DAMAC, according to a U.S. Federal Election Committee report submitted in May. Sajwani and his family also attended a New Year’s Eve celebration at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, while Trump days later told journalists that DAMAC had offered the Trump Organization $2 billion in deals.
The Foreign Emoluments Clause “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under the US, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present or Emolument from any foreign state.The purpose of the Foreign Emoluments Clause is to prevent diplomats from being bribed by foreign lucre and corrupted by other foreign gifts, and also to ensure that their loyalties remained undivided, i.e., running exclusively to the United States, its government, and its people. The Foreign Emoluments Clause applies to all officials holding appointed positions in the Judicial and Executive Branches of the national government.
The Foreign Emoluments Clause only has had a few cases reach court so the language of The Emoluments clause needs clarifying in terms of the scope of what it does and doesn’t cover. So convicting a politician of violating the Emoluments case is uncertain.
Add to that the Supreme Court’s McDonnell decision and it appears unlikely any conviction would happen in Trump’s term.