[Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) probably hate that unrestrained video, and Megan Rapinoe would walk out on it. And that, in the end, is why they and their supporters are going to lose]
From the The Complete Presidential Impeachment or Removal Plans A-Q (Updated 7/18/2019) below:
Plan K: Election law violations in pay-offs of old sex-partners
Now from the New York Times today:
“Federal prosecutors signaled in a court document released on Thursday that it was unlikely they would file additional charges in the hush-money investigation…. that ensnared members of Donald J. Trump’s inner circle and threatened to derail his presidency. In the document, the prosecutors said they had ‘effectively concluded’ their inquiry, which centered on payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign to buy the silence of two women who said they had had affairs with Mr. Trump…. The president’s former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was convicted in the case. He has said he helped arrange the hush money at the direction of Mr. Trump, and prosecutors have repeated the accusation in court papers. Mr. Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence.”
It’s fun watching the anti-Trump media try to spin this. Here’s AOL:
“The FBI believed then-candidate Donald Trump was closely involved in a scheme to hide hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claimed an affair with Trump, court documents from the closed campaign finance case against former Trump-fixer Michael Cohen show.
The documents, released Thursday, describe a “series of calls, text messages, and emails” between Cohen, Trump, Trump campaign aide Hope Hicks, Keith Davidson — an attorney for the woman, porn star Stormy Daniels — and David Pecker, an executive of the company that published the National Enquirer.”
Oooh, “scheme.” That sounds sinister and illegal, but paying off old adultery-enabling sex partners who are threatening to embarrass you when you’re a public figure is business as usual for people like Donald Trump (and Jack Kennedy, and Bill Clinton, and so on) and it isn’t illegal. Nor is lying about whether such relationships ever existed, unless it’s under oath or to investigators.
The reason charges aren’t going anywhere is because the theory that this was an election law violation, or that if it was, it was sufficiently dire to be impeachable, was always a ridiculous stretch. Michael Cohen, who promised to be the worst and most unreliable witness of any lawyer in history if this ever reached trial, had been persuaded to plead guilty to a non-crime as part of his plea deal, purely to assist the quixotic effort to make the politically motivated case that an individual running for President doing exactly the same thing that he would have done had he not been running for President was violating federal elections laws despite the fact that no law prohibits that act.
And no, the reason there will be no charges is not because a sitting President cannot be indicted. The reason is that the theory was always contrived, its primary supporting witnesses (and their lawyers, Michael Avanetti and Lanny Davis) were unethical scum , and there was no precedent for treating such conduct as an election law violation.
So now Plan K joins recently rebuffed Plans, A, B, and C, the Emoluments Clause, on the curb of the Boulevard of Resistance Broken Dreams for trash collection.
It seems beyond argument now, after Democrats this week once again voted down an impeachment resolution by Rep. Al Green (a devotee of any and all plans, but basically Plan F (below), that the Democratic strategy is to keep talking about impeachment and holding investigations to further the Big Lie that there is any justification for it, and hope that this somehow helps defeat the President in 2020. (It is just as likely to help him win.)
Ann Althouse, who also noted the Times report, quotes (and mocks) an amusing and revealing comment from one of the disappointed Times readers:
“Why does trump always get away with everything, every single time? he is completely immune from prosecution, let alone the very most basic of scrutiny. This is untenable and threatens the foundation of our democracy.”
I translate this as “Why isn’t the strategy of removing the elected President by using unfounded accusations, tortured interpretations of obscure laws, mainstream media-spread false narratives and relentless warfare against our institutions working?” The answer is: because President Trump, despite all his flaws, is more stubborn, defiant and resilient than most leaders, thankfully, and because the Constitution, the Rule of Law and the principles of justice and fairness, though wounded by the three-year effort at a virtual coup, remain strong.
Or as Francis Scott Key would say, “The flag is still there.”
Below is the updated list. I wouldn’t bet against a Plan R before it’s all over.
The Complete Presidential Impeachment or Removal Plans A-Q (Updated 7/18/2019)
Plan A: Reverse the election by hijacking the Electoral College.
Plan B: Pre-emptive impeachment.
Plan C : The Emoluments Clause.
Plan D: “Collusion with Russia”
Plan E : ”Trump is mentally ill so this should trigger the 25th Amendment.”
Plan F: The Maxine Waters Plan, which is to just impeach the President because Democrats want to, because they can.
Plan G : “The President obstructed justice by firing incompetent subordinates, and that’s impeachable.”
Plan H: “Tweeting stupid stuff is impeachable”
Plan I: “Let’s relentlessly harass him and insult him and obstruct his efforts to do his job so he snaps and does something really impeachable.”
Plan J : Force Trump’s resignation based on alleged sexual misconduct that predated his candidacy.
Plan K: Election law violations in pay-offs to old sex-partners
Plan L: The perjury trap: get Trump to testify under oath, then prove something he said was a lie.
Plan M: Guilt by association. Prove close associates or family members violated laws.
Plan N: Claim that Trump’s comments at his press conference with Putin were “treasonous.”
Plan O: The Mueller Report proves the Trump is unfit for office even if it did not conclude that he committed any impeachable offenses.
Plan P: Summarized here as “We have to impeach him because he’s daring us to and if we don’t, we let him win, but we can’t, but then he’ll win!”.”
Plan Q: Impeach Trump to justify getting his taxes, and then use the presumed evidence in his taxes to impeach him.