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Sunday, August 09, 2020

The House Judiciary Committee can sue to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

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The House Judiciary Committee can sue to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress

They CAN SUE to force executive to testify? Oh, that's rich... How many times and how many White Houses / Presidents / Executive minions does the Congress have to SUE for them to be able to exercise the powers of "advise and consent" and "checks and balances" on the runaway Executive branch... of either party?

#1 | Posted by CutiePie at 2020-08-09 02:47 AM | Reply

How exactly can they force him to testify though.

Is Cheney coming out of retirement to waterboard him?
This is going to be the best Wrestlemania ever!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-09 07:58 AM | Reply

This highlights the flaws in our Constitutional system. It appears to offer no defense of democracy if "bad actors" get elected in office. It functions at a snail's pace in a world where everything else is more or less instantaneous. The Presidency and Congress can be controlled by a minority, able to thwart the "will of the people". It values the "right" to own guns over the rights of people to live. It failed to articulate "General Welfare" in a way that addresses the challenges faced by a country spread across the continent, populated by hundreds of millions of people. The entire population of the US in 1780 was 3,929,214, less than half of the current population of New York City, spread across 13 states that took weeks to travel from end to end. It could not have anticipated today's technological, connected society with multiple cities that are larger than the whole country was then.

It can't control the totalitarian impulses of a President if the Senate is controlled by his party. It can't provide a way for Congress to conduct timely oversight of the Executive if POTUS chooses not to cooperate. Frankly, I think POTUS should have less constitutional protections in the conduct of his duties than the rest of us have. We shouldn't have to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that a President is, for example, soliciting bribes from foreign countries in order to remove him from office. We should also not have to depend on his own party to remove him. A corporation does not have to meet that standard to fire a CEO, and Lord knows, we can all be fired from our jobs without such proof.

It needs wholesale revision. However, there is no way I could support a new Constitutional Convention today with right-wingers in control of so many states.

What to do...

#3 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-08-09 10:28 AM | Reply

"This highlights the flaws in our Constitutional system. It appears to offer no defense of democracy if "bad actors" get elected in office."

The Electoral College is intended specifically to forestall that.

It failed, right along party lines.

Impeachment is further intended specifically to forestall that.

It too failed, right along party lines.

It's not just a bad actor.

It's an entire party of bad actors.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-09 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When I said "bad actors" I meant it to include the Republican Congresscritters. That's part of the point. It would be less of an issue if Congress were truly representative. As it stands, based on "popular vote" Republicans would not be in control of the White House, the Senate, or even the House (absent gerrymandering).

Through their ability to make Federal Court appointments, they've been able to neuter Congress and stack the rules in favor of the plutocrat class and, in effect, establish minority rule, surely not the intent of the Founders.

#5 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-08-09 02:54 PM | Reply

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#3 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-08-09 10:28 AM |
It functions at a snail's pace in a world where everything else is more or less instantaneous.

What to do...

If you know what the problem is ("functions at a snail's pace") then you know the solution ("What to do...") - expedite the resolution of disputes between Congress and Executive branch by prioritizing and sending them directly and immediately to Supreme Court or some informal or formal high court structure from several rotating Circuit Courts that will examine / study the issue, see if there are precedents that need no further discussions and issue their verdict to the parties involved and/or recommendation to Supreme Court, which will be decided with all possible haste.

The whole process may take a few days at the most and will largely disincentivize "playing games" and "playing for time."
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#6 | Posted by CutiePie at 2020-08-09 08:01 PM | Reply

WTF......Mueller's investigation may still remove Trump from office before next year?

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2020-08-09 08:11 PM | Reply

WTF......Mueller's investigation may still remove Trump from office before next year?
#7 | POSTED BY TOR

Naaaaahhhh...

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-08-09 09:00 PM | Reply

"When I said "bad actors" I meant it to include the Republican Congresscritters. That's part of the point."

Okay, no worries.

No system of government (that is powerful enough to govern in the first place) can withstand a ruling party that intends to bring it down.

Might take four years, might take eight, but it's only a matter of time.

It's like asking to build a gun you can't kill yourself with. Making the barrel ten feet long will work for a while... until you get ten feet of string.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-09 10:49 PM | Reply

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