May 23rd: more from @justinamash to ponder about our future

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has more to say about the current occupant @ 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thinking HE's above U.S. law. Amash discusses instances of obstruction, Russian, lack of public trust, criminal activity within Trump's campaign, presidential powers and more. It is a 20 tweet string.
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The president has an obligation not to violate the public trust, including using official powers for corrupt purposes. For instance, presidents have the authority to nominate judges, but a president couldn’t select someone to nominate because they’d promised the president money.

Justin Amash‏Verified account @justinamash May 23
This principle extends to all the president’s powers, including the authority over federal investigations, federal officials, and pardons.

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President Trump had an incentive to undermine the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which included investigating contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Justin Amash‏Verified account @justinamash May 23
The investigation threatened to uncover information, including criminal activity, that could put Trump’s interests at risk. Ultimately, the investigation did uncover very unflattering information about the president, his family, his associates, his campaign, and his business.

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It also revealed criminal activities, some of which were committed by people in Trump’s orbit and, in the case of Michael Cohen’s campaign finance violation, on Trump’s behalf.

Justin Amash‏Verified account @justinamash May 23
The investigation began before the president was elected and inaugurated. After Trump assumed the powers of the presidency, Mueller’s report shows that he used those powers to try to obstruct and impede the investigation.

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Some excuse Trump’s conduct based on allegations of issues with the investigation, but no one disputes the appropriateness of investigating election interference, which included investigating contacts between the Trump campaign and people connected to the Russian government.

Justin Amash‏Verified account @justinamash May 23
Some examples in Mueller’s report of the president’s obstructing and impeding the investigation include:

Justin Amash‏Verified account @justinamash May 23
1. Trump asked the FBI director to stop investigating Michael Flynn, who had been his campaign adviser and national security adviser, and who had already committed a crime by lying to the FBI.

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2. After AG Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation on the advice of DoJ ethics lawyers, Trump directly asked Sessions to reverse his recusal so that he could retain control over the investigation and help the president.

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3. Trump directed the White House counsel, Don McGahn, to have Special Counsel Mueller removed on the basis of pretextual conflicts of interest that Trump’s advisers had already told him were “ridiculous” and could not justify removing the special counsel.

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4. When that event was publicly reported, Trump asked that McGahn make a public statement and create a false internal record stating that Trump had not asked him to fire the special counsel, and suggested that McGahn would be fired if he did not comply.

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5. Trump asked Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, to tell AG Sessions to limit the special counsel’s investigation only to future election interference. Trump said Lewandowski should tell Sessions he was fired if he would not meet with him.

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6. Trump used his pardon power to influence his associates, including Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, not to fully cooperate with the investigation.

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Trump, through his own statements—such as complaining about people who "flip" and talk to investigators—and through communications between his personal counsel and Manafort/Cohen, gave the impression that they would be pardoned if they did not fully cooperate with investigators.

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Manafort ultimately breached an agreement to cooperate with investigators, and Cohen offered false testimony to Congress, including denying that the Trump Tower Moscow project had extended to June 2016 and that he and Trump had discussed traveling to Russia during the campaign.

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Both men have been convicted for offering false information, and Manafort’s lack of cooperation left open some significant questions, such as why exactly he provided an associate in Ukraine with campaign polling data, which he expected to be shared with a Russian oligarch.

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Some of the president’s actions were inherently corrupt. Other actions were corrupt—and therefore impeachable—because the president took them to serve his own interests.

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The president has authority to fire federal officials, direct his subordinates, and grant pardons, but he cannot do so for corrupt purposes; otherwise, he would always be allowed to shut down any investigation into himself or his associates, which would put him above the law.
 
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Betsy DeVos and her husband announced on Friday they are withdrawing any and all financial support they gave to Amash. Typical of thin-skinned GOP snowflakes.
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DeVos family ends longtime Amash support - The Detroit News
Updated 7:26 p.m. ET May 22, 2019

Lansing — The powerful DeVos family of West Michigan is ending its longtime support of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian Republican who has repeatedly clashed with President Donald Trump.

The family has not made any political contributions to Amash this cycle, and “they have no plans to do so,” said family spokesman Nick Wasmiller.
 
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Meh. I'm not going to celebrate a Tea Party fruitcake as some kind of hero simply because he refuses to deny Trump's unfitness for office.

That's a pretty low bar. Almost every Republican politician was willing to speak the truth about Donald Trump -- until after he won the election. Then, they all lined up to kiss his ring.
 
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This is his key point, imo, "The investigation began before the president was elected and inaugurated. After Trump assumed the powers of the presidency, Mueller’s report shows that he used those powers to try to obstruct and impede the investigation."

The investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with the Russians began before he was elected. Calling that investigation treason is absurd. Trump has most certainly done everything the powers of the office of the president gives him to try to stop anyone from investigating him on a laundry list of violations of the law and his oath of office. I wish the Democrats would stop being afraid of their own shadows. Start an impeachment inquiry NOW.
 
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This is his key point, imo, "The investigation began before the president was elected and inaugurated. After Trump assumed the powers of the presidency, Mueller’s report shows that he used those powers to try to obstruct and impede the investigation."

The investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with the Russians began before he was elected. Calling that investigation treason is absurd. Trump has most certainly done everything the powers of the office of the president gives him to try to stop anyone from investigating him on a laundry list of violations of the law and his oath of office. I wish the Democrats would stop being afraid of their own shadows. Start an impeachment inquiry NOW.

Democrats aren't afraid to impeach Trump. Senate Republicans are afraid to convict him.

I'm okay with the House Democrats continuing to expose Trump's criminal behavior to the American people. It's one thing for Mueller to have written a 400 page report detailing all of it, but most folks still don't know what's in the Mueller report. We need to see live, in person testimony in order for it to sink in to people who don't make a habit of following political intrigue. Had Nixon been impeached when his crimes were first discovered, he'd most likely have been acquitted by the Senate and then finished his term in office.
 
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Democrats aren't afraid to impeach Trump. Senate Republicans are afraid to convict him.

I'm okay with the House Democrats continuing to expose Trump's criminal behavior to the American people. It's one thing for Mueller to have written a 400 page report detailing all of it, but most folks still don't know what's in the Mueller report. We need to see live, in person testimony in order for it to sink in to people who don't make a habit of following political intrigue. Had Nixon been impeached when his crimes were first discovered, he'd most likely have been acquitted by the Senate and then finished his term in office.
Most people haven't a clue about all of Trump's criminal activity. And impeachment inquiry would most likely be televised and we may well see wall-to-wall coverage of the inquiry and the average person would learn a lot more about Trump's criminal activities and behaviors. The current investigation are not really on people's radar. They're not visible enough.
 
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Most people haven't a clue about all of Trump's criminal activity. And impeachment inquiry would most likely be televised and we may well see wall-to-wall coverage of the inquiry and the average person would learn a lot more about Trump's criminal activities and behaviors. The current investigation are not really on people's radar. They're not visible enough.

That's because Trump has been in absolute stonewall mode. There will be court orders eventually -- just as there was with Nixon.

With whom will the Senate Republicans stand after Trump defies the third branch of our government?
 
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