I am totally fried, and wondering if it is responsible to post in this condition. But ethics waits for no man…
1. Last chance to see my presentation at the Smithsonian, “Courtroom Drama:The Art of Cross-Examination.” Details here. There will be a lot of ethics discussed, as you would expect, plus some Clarence Darrow, Atticus Finch, F.Lee Bailey, Perry Mason, Cousin Vinny, and “You can’t handle the truth!,” among other highlights. I’m doing the two-hour program with my younger sister Edith, who, unlike me, has actually done cross examinations.
2. Whoa! Tell me again what an honorable, trustworthy woman Hillary Clinton is. Here’s Hillary, actually calling Jill Stein and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the lone moderate in the Democratic Presidential nomination race—well, the lone moderate who doesn’t habitually grope women—“Russian assets” in a podcast:
And brava to Gabbard, who didn’t mince words on Twitter in her response to the smear:
Fascinating! And one more example of how Donald Trump has changed the culture. I can’t recall any politician responding to an attack that forcefully before Trump made “Tit for tat” is trademark.
I was talking about Pete Best yesterday, the dumped Beatles drummer who despite career reversals that would drive most people insane, appears to be a devoid of anger and bitterness. Then there’s Hillary Clinton…
3. In a criminal law context, this would be attempted suborning of perjury. From the Washington Examiner:
In a secret interview, Rep. Adam Schiff, leader of the House Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, pressed former United States special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker to testify that Ukrainian officials felt pressured to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter as a result of Trump withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine. Volker denied that was the case, noting that Ukrainian leaders did not even know the aid was being withheld and that they believed their relationship with the U.S. was moving along satisfactorily, without them having done anything Trump mentioned in his notorious July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. When Volker repeatedly declined to agree to Schiff’s characterization of events, Schiff said, “Ambassador, you’re making this much more complicated than it has to be.”
4. Speaking of Hillary and all those scandals that Barack Obama’s administration never had...From the Daily Caller (I’d use a mainstream media, left-leaning news source, but oddly, none of them seem to be reporting this story):
State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy, according to a report the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained. The investigation, conducted by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, found 38 individuals were culpable for 91 security violations. Another 497 violations were found, but no individuals were found culpable in those incidents. The investigation concluded Sept. 6, and the report was issued Sept. 13. The investigation sought to determine if the exchange of emails on Clinton’s server “represented failure to properly safeguard classified information” and whether any individuals at State were culpable for any of the failures.
Surprise! It did. Clinton, of course, denied that there were any security beaches. More:
Investigators determined personal email use to conduct official State Department business “represented an increased risk of unauthorized disclosure.” Clinton’s use of the private server “added an increased degree of risk of compromise as a private system lacks the network monitoring and intrusion detection capabilities of State Department networks,” the report stated. Investigators said there was “no persuasive evidence” of “systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.”
One reason that investigators were unable to assign culpability in the 497 incidents was because of the duration of the investigation. Many of the subjects of the probe, including Clinton and her circle of aides, had left the State Department by the time the investigation began.
5. Thoughts on the Project Veritas CNN sting. You did see this, right?
- I don’t see what James O’Keefe’s unethical faux journalism methods add to public understanding or recognition of media bias. He found some low-level employees to say on camera what anyone who watches CNN knows, and what the network hardly tries to hide.
- By over-hyping his hidden camera “expose,” he makes it more difficult to prove to the deceived and naive among the public who trust the media arm of the Democratic Party that there is a legitimate problem. By covering his stunts, conservative outlets like Fox News just undermine their own credibility.
- And now for something REALLY stupid: From the Hill:
An attorney representing President Trump‘s reelection campaign sent a letter to CNN on Friday threatening to sue the network over purported allegations of bias against the president. Trump attorney Charles Harder wrote to CNN President Jeff Zucker warning that the Trump campaign intends to seek damages from the network based on secretly recorded videos posted in recent days by the right-wing group Project Veritas.
“Never in the history of this country has a President been the subject of such a sustained barrage of unfair, unfounded, unethical and unlawful attacks by so-called ‘mainstream’ news, as the current situation,” Harder wrote.
How embarrassing. There’s nothing actionable about bias. Who okayed this moronic letter?
This is the scary thing: the Democrats’ coup might succeed because the Trump campaign and the White House lack competent legal advisors and sufficient numbers of staff with the common sense of your average reptile.