Trump Indicates to Laura Ingraham That He Will Invoke Executive Privilege to Keep Bolton and Others From Testifying in Senate Trial

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Executive privilege is an implied power claimed by Presidents of the United States and other officials of the executive branch of government to withhold from Congress, the courts or individuals, information that has been requested or subpoenaed. Executive privilege is also invoked to prevent executive branch employees or officials from testifying in Congressional hearings. – thoughtco.com

FoxNews.com reports that

President Trump indicated in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that he would use executive privilege to block former national security adviser John Bolton and other administration officials from testifying in his Senate impeachment trial if necessary.

The comments followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing earlier in the day she will take steps to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week, paving the way for the start of a trial in a matter of days.

“I think you have to for the sake of the office,” Trump replied when asked by host Laura Ingraham if he would use executive privilege to stop testimony from Bolton, who said this week he would be willing to testify.

He then referenced several other officials, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, saying he would like for them to testify but can’t allow it because of executive privilege concerns.

“I would love everybody to testify,” Trump said. “I’d like Mick to testify, I’d like Mike Pompeo to testify, I’d like Rick Perry to testify. I want everybody — but there are things that you can’t do from the standpoint of executive privilege.”

Trump added he also has “no problem” with Bolton testifying, but worries about what it means for “future presidents,” expressing concerns about forcing testimony from officials involved in national security matters.

“Especially, a national security adviser,” Trump said. “You can’t have him explaining all of your statements about national security concerning Russia, China, and North Korea – everything. We just can’t do that.”

At this point, such testimony remains hypothetical: while Bolton’s testimony has been sought by Democrats, the GOP majority in the Senate has not at this point agreed to call witnesses for the trial.

Trump also slammed Pelosi in response to her announcement, which came after she held off on transmitting the articles of impeachment for several weeks in a failed attempt to extract concessions from Republicans.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump said. “She should have sent them a long time ago. It just belittles the process … Nancy Pelosi will go down as the least successful speaker of the House in the history of our nation. She has done nothing.”

President Trump can tell all of the Democrats in Congress who want John Bolton and others to testify in the Senate Trial to “talk to the hand”, just as Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress over the “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal.

The reason being, Trump, just like Obama, can invoke executive privilege.

According to the writer of an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Michael W. McConnell,

 For a president to assert the rights of his office, as almost every president has done, is neither blameworthy nor impeachable.

The Senate needs to go ahead and either dismiss the case or acquit President Trump. The House Democrats Have already made all of the average Americans between the coasts who elected Trump as President hopping mad.

Remember the Democrat’s first attempt as ousting President Trump?

Attorney General Barr and Asst. Director of the DOJ Rosenstein thoroughly reviewed the Mueller Report and determined that there was no collusion and no obstruction of justice.

However, that was not good enough for the Democrats.

Make no mistake about this, gentle readers, Pelosi and company are not asking for a “Fair Trial” in the Senate because they care about the cause of justice or the wellbeing of American Citizens.

They want to bring forth more witnesses because they’re about to be laughed out of the Senate.

Just as it was in the case of their support for Special Counsel Mueller and his team of Investigators comprised of 19 Democratic Donors, the Democrats want to obstruct, delay, and derail President Trump from his mission to fulfill the Campaign Promises which he made to Americans.

Also, just as I have been writing concerning the Mueller Investigation for the last two plus years, the REAL story remains the corruption of the Obama Administration. Specifically, all of the malfeasance of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including E-mailgate, the Clinton Foundation Pay-for-Pay Scandal, Uranium One, and the Benghazi Massacre.

When the Democrats in the House of Representatives perpetuated a false narrative through the arduous and interminable schedule of “Investigative Hearings” which they carried out in a secret room in the Capitol Basement with vengeful glee, they willingly participated in an exercise in futility which has done nothing but deepen the hole which they have already dug for themselves with average Americans even deeper.

As I have repeatedly warned, by concentrating their energies and the taxpayers’ time and money on their vendetta against the 45th President, instead of actually bringing up legislation that would help average Americans, they are not only going to lose their phony boloney jobs in Washington, they will once again (at least) be denied the Presidency, as well.

However, thinking about it, their hate for Trump and us “Deplorables” is all they have.

The President and the American Citizens who voted for him, stand in the way of their goal to bring Marxism in the form of “Democratic Socialism” to “The Shining City Upon a Hill”, subsequently turning America into a Third World Barrio.

Hopefully, the Far Left Democrats and their “New Bolsheviks” will eventually figure out that average Americans still do not want what they are offering.

If we did, we would be suffering under the thumb of President Hillary Clinton.

And, since there was NO RUSSIAN COLLUSION by President Trump or his Campaign Staff, it means that Americans were the ones who stopped Hillary Clinton from becoming President.

Perhaps the Democrats should stop their tantrum long enough to reflect on that for a while.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Trump to Fox News About Potential Nadler Subpoenas: “They’ve Testified for Many Hours, All of Them. I Would Say, It’s Done.”

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FoxNews.com reports that

President Trump told Fox News in an exclusive wide-ranging interview Thursday evening that the White House has lost patience with congressional Democrats, and forcefully dismissed their efforts to subpoena former White House counsel Don McGahn and other administration officials to testify.

“They’ve testified for many hours, all of them. I would say, it’s done,” Trump told Fox News’ Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge. “Nobody has ever done what I’ve done. I’ve given total transparency. It’s never happened before like this. They shouldn’t be looking anymore. It’s done.”

Trump added, in a shot at the total cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe: “Even my finances, it must have been looked at — for $35 million, I assume they looked at my taxes, I assume Mueller looked at my financial statements. For $35 million, and having 20 people, 49 FBI agents, and all of the staff and all of the money they spent, I assume they looked at my taxes, which are fine — except they are under audit, by the way.”

Trump has called the subpoena issued to McGahn by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a “ridiculous” waste of time. The ex-White House lawyer sat for more than two dozen hours of interviews with Mueller and featured prominently in Mueller’s report, and Trump has disputed the account in the report that he ordered McGahn to fire Mueller at one point.

Trump additionally told Herridge he expected that key FBI documents that may shed light on the origins of the bureau’s probe into his campaign could be declassified and released within a matter of weeks, or months at the latest.

Trump previously told Fox News that his attorneys advised him not to declassify and release the full documents — including surveillance warrant applications to monitor former Trump aide Carter Page and related materials — while the Mueller probe was ongoing, for fear the administration would be accused of obstructing justice by doing so.

Asked about New York Attorney General Letitia James’ ongoing efforts to investigate him on multiple fronts, Trump dismissed the probes as partisan stunts.

“Can you imagine someone campaigning — she doesn’t know anything about me, and she’s campaigning on that fact,” Trump said of the Democrat. “They’ve gone through everything — my taxes, my financial statements, which are phenomenal. And I’m so clean. Think of it — after two and a half years, and all of that money spent, nothing. Very few people could have sustained that.”

He’s right.

As I sat in front of my television before going to work yesterday morning, I watched as veteran Democratic Congressional Democrats literally lost their sh…er…minds.

Between House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler literally calling President Trump everything but a Child of God and Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee’s majority-black 9th District sitting there with a rubber chicken, eating KFC, the American people were bearing witness to a scene straight from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

In their horrible grief over the disappointing outcomes of both the 2016 President Election and the Special Counsel’s Investigation, the Democratic Party, as evidenced by the Judicial Committees in both Houses of Congress, has experienced a psychotic break.

They cannot and will not except the reality in front of them.

Nadler and company can subpoena Attorney General Barr, Former White House Counsel Don McGahn, and even Trump’s children and grandchildren, but it will all be for naught.

They can all tell Congress to “talk to the hand”, just as Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress over the “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal.

The reason being, per The Washington Post, Trump, just like Obama can invoke executive privilege.

According to the writer of the opinion piece, Michael W. McConnell,

…the House should recognize that the executive is an equal branch of government with constitutional privileges of its own. For a president to assert the rights of his office, as almost every president has done, is neither blameworthy nor impeachable.

And, as far as the State of New York’s Democratic Attorney General Letitia James is concerned, Trump is right. She has nothing.

All of this attacking by the Democrats is going to look even worse after the FBI Inspector General’s report comes out in a couple of weeks, followed by Trump’s releasing of the FISA Documents.

Then the entire world will see that all of this “sound and fury, signifying nothing” has been to cover the fact that member of the Obama Administration, UNDER ORDERS, did indeed SPY on Candidate Trump AND President Trump in a Deep State Operation which can only be called an act of sedition.

When that happens Rep. Steve Cohen and his fellow Democrats will no longer be eating Kentucky Fried Chicken.

They will be eating crow.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Hypocrite Adam Schiff Rages at Steve Bannon

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Executive Privilege – a claim by the President or another high official of the executive branch that he/she need not answer a request (including a subpena issued by a court or Congress) for confidential government or personal communications, on the ground that such revelations would hamper effective governmental operations and decision-making. The rationale is that such a demand would violate the principle of separation of powers among the executive, legislative and judicial branches. – legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com

FoxNews.com reports that

House Democrats said Thursday they are looking at initiating contempt proceedings against former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, complaining that he cited “executive privilege” to brush off a host of questions during a tense closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters that Bannon stonewalled “almost all of the questions,” with the exception of a series of 25 scripted questions from the White House — all of which he answered “no.” Schiff added that Bannon said he had been instructed to invoke executive privilege by the White House.

“That claim of executive privilege is breathtaking and insupportable and, indeed at times, it was laughable,” Schiff said.

Schiff said that Democrats will push for initiating contempt charges against Bannon, a move that would require support from Republicans on the committee. Schiff said Republicans appeared supportive and will confer with their leadership on the next step.

“He’s brought our committee together,” he said.

Executive Privilege…Executive Privilege…where have I heard those words before?

Oh, yeah. Now, I remember.

From ABC News, June 20, 2012

President Obama today invoked executive privilege to shield documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun walking scandal from a congressional investigation, marking the first time his administration has invoked the right and the 25th time it’s been used since 1980. In response, a House committee voted Wednesday along party lines to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The White House dismissed the proceedings as “political theater.”

Louis Fisher, author of “Politics of Executive Privilege,” questioned the legitimacy of the administration’s claim to executive privilege.

“If it had been legitimate, I think they could have raised it a year ago,” Fisher said. “It doesn’t look good to work with a committee for more than a year and then to pop out that this is executive privilege.”

The use of executive privilege to protect internal discussions and deliberations can be traced back to George Washington. However, it was the Supreme Court’s 1974 ruling in the Nixon Watergate scandal that established executive privilege as a legal right and set forth its appropriate uses. Since Nixon, executive privilege has been used in every administration, although some presidents invoked the power more frequently than others.

I swear, the Modern Democratic Party are nothing but a bunch of whining hypocrites.

The Congressman is having a “Schiff-Fit” because former Trump Administration Member Steve Bannon has claimed Executive Privilege in response to questions designed to ruin both him and President Trump…questions based on a Political Dog and Pony Show designed to try to remove our Constitutionally-elected President from office because he is not a Professional Politician and he is trying to actually fulfill his Campaign Promises.

Obama covering his as…err…backside from his part in the Fast and Furious scandal by provoking “Executive Privilege” to keep from being impeached did not bother the Democrats in Congress in 2012, I’m sure.

And, gosh. Do you know who one of those members of Congress on the Democratic Side who supported President Obama in 2012 during the Fast and Furious Investigation and his declaring “Executive Privilege” was?

I’ll give you 3 guesses. And, the first two don’t count.

Aww…you guessed.

From Yahoo News, June 27, 2012

Schiff, a leading advocate against holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday, replied “absolutely” when The Daily Caller asked him at a Wednesday press conference if “government misconduct” took place at anytime during the scandal.

…So, yes, we all acknowledge there are legitimate origins to this investigation but I think it has been untethered from that legitimate origin.”

“Untethered” meaning that Obama cut the rope which was going to tie him into the “misconduct” by claiming “Executive Privilege”.

Let’s face it, gentle reader. This whole Trump/Russia Collusion Fairy Tale has been nothing but an act of vengeance perpetrated by the Democratic Party, their minions in Congress, and their Deep State Operatives in the DOJ and FBI placed in motion to undo the results of the 2016 Presidential Election.

Because, Lord knows, the Far left Democratic Party can’t have a Republican President actually succeed in fulfilling his Campaign Promises.

That would mean that the Professional Politicians on Capitol Hill would actually have to work with President Trump on behalf of Americans, instead of themselves, to help make American Great Again.

And. Lord knows…we can’t have that. That would be too much like “right” (as we say in Dixie).

What a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites.

Until He Comes,

KJ