Hillary’s Unethical Lawyer Has An Unethical Plan To Keep The House Democratic

Machiavelli

It is increasingly looking like Marc Elias, the chief lawyer architect of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s efforts to manufacture baseless suspicion that Donald Trump and his campaign “colluded” with the Russians to tilt the 2016 election, may face legal and ethical consequences for his role. We shall see: the investigation’s results are still being analyzed. Meanwhile, Elias is unrepentant and still devising ways to assist his favorite political party ( he has been often called the most prominent Democratic attorney in America ) with strategies for which “dubious” is a compliment.

Behold this tweet by Elias from this week:

Elias tweet

The quote below Elias’s “prediction” is from Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which was passed during the post-Civil War reconstruction period and was specifically aimed at officeholders under the former Confederate States of America, to prevent them from serving in the United States Congress. Nevermind…any port in a storm, and if the Democrats can find a way to distort the Constitution’s intent to hold onto power, they will undoubtedly try it. Elias’s “prediction” is in fact a transparent attempt to talk his party into yet another desperation ploy, this one based on the still current Big Lie that what the 300 boobs armed with (at most) sticks and bear spray were trying to do on January 6 is overthrow the government. The plan also requires a very loose definition of “engaged.”

As noted in a previous post, this guy has already lied to the news media about the Clinton campaign’s role in trying to bring down the Trump administration. Elias is more guilty of attempting an “insurrection” than any GOP House members, who at most argued that the 2020 election was tainted, unreliable, and a legitimate target of protest, and no insurrection charge against him would last five minutes before a judge.

Is the public aware of what a cynical, dishonest, slimy batch of anti-democratic Machiavellians (that’s ol’ Niccolo above!) are calling the audibles for the today’s Democratic Party?

15 thoughts on “Hillary’s Unethical Lawyer Has An Unethical Plan To Keep The House Democratic

  1. He should watch out what he wishes for.

    Many on the left supported bailing out rioters, rioters who attacked police stations, federal courthouses and other governmental facilities.

    Could Kamala Harris face removal for giving aid and comfort to those no-goodniks? Of course not; that would be racist!

    -Jut

      • Let us not forget Speaker Pelosi.

        The stormtroopers were not the ones trying to burn down the courthouse, but those trying to defend the courthouse.

        This was part of a narrative being preached by the media about federal agents kidnapping peaceful protests. Walls of Moms and Walls of Vets were organized to protect rioters and arsonists from police.

        That was an ethics train wreck which, for some reason, Jack did not post about.

        That written, Pelosi’s tweet does not constitute inciting insurrection.

  2. I read too quickly, and instead of “audibles” in your closing question, saw “edibles.” I’m pretty sure the Machiavellians have been supplying those to both parties for some time.

  3. Interesting he has his own firm now. The partners at his own firm seem to have wanted to distance themselves from him and his hijinks. The guy is beyond words despicable and an alumnus of my college which thinks he’s the greatest thing since canned milk. Which drives me nuts. He makes Paul Begala and Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler and Robert Reich and their ilk look like Thomas a Beckett. Thanks for highlighting his continuing malfeasance. He’s pretty much Hillary’s Rasputin.

  4. Clearly, he doesn’t trust his party’s ability to keep its seats after the midterms. Sad that a major political party in this country has to play games with democracy rather than trust the electorate.

    • I read through the comments to that post and, frankly, it seems we have become a lawless third-world state. I guess it is good that we can imprison our political opponents. That should be fun to watch.

      I have said it before and i will say it again: If the 300 or so rabble rousers wandering around the Capitol was a real threat to the future of this republic as alleged by the Democrats and the media, then our republican norms are skating on dangerously thin ice. I mean, if all it took was some idiot in a buffalo-horned hat to bring the entire system crashing down, then . . .

      However, if those same rabble rousers really were not such a threat after all, then the system is pretty strong. Perhaps the bigger/biggest threat is from the tyrants within the government (from all sides and the bureaucrats who supposedly run the place – you know, the “Deep State”) who are using January 6th as a pretext to implement totalitarian controls over the society. This bozo’s post is a perfect example of using law enforcement and the courts to strangle opposition to the evergrowing government complex.

      jvb

      • This is setting a very dangerous precedent, more dangerous than this guy thinks. I would point him back to Harry Reid’s foolish changing of the rules for confirmation of appointees and the current pending proposal to require only a simple majority for legislation. These proposals, which might appear good in the short term, always end up being a problem in the long term. The one has already come back to bite the Democratic party very hard, and the latter will bite even harder, like national Right to Work legislation, like a federal ban on abortion, like who knows what else?

        I submit that if the Democratic party tries to go this route, then all GOP governors of states where there were insurrections in cities in the summer of 2020 should start arresting the mayors of those cities and any and all legislators who supported these insurrections. What is more, after the next election, in 2024, if Biden is replaced by a Republican, which I’m thinking is getting more and more likely, then the Federal Executive Branch needs to start arresting governors as well as members of Congress who supported what happened that summer. I know some people who post here or who used to post here would call this outrageous. If we follow this model, it is unfair not to expect the GOP to follow suit.

        Seriously, I don’t want this nation to descend into that. We do not need to become a racial revenge state like Zimbabwe. We do not need to become a leftist tyranny like Venezuela or Bolivia (until recently). We also don’t need to become a right wing tyranny like Chile under Pinochet or Spain under Franco. Do we really want to be in a situation where today’s prisoner is tomorrow’s president and vice versa?

  5. On a related note.

    http://archive.fo/aciFY

    In his nine months in office, Attorney General Merrick Garland has done a great deal to restore integrity and evenhanded enforcement of the law to an agency that was badly misused for political reasons under his predecessor. But his place in history will be assessed against the challenges that confronted him. And the overriding test that he and the rest of the government face is the threat to our democracy from people bent on destroying it.
    Mr. Garland’s success depends on ensuring that the rule of law endures. That means dissuading future coup plotters by holding the leaders of the insurrection fully accountable for their attempt to overthrow the government. But he cannot do so without a robust criminal investigation of those at the top, from the people who planned, assisted or funded the attempt to overturn the Electoral College vote to those who organized or encouraged the mob attack on the Capitol. To begin with, he might focus on Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman and even Donald Trump — all of whom were involved, in one way or another, in the events leading up to the attack.
    Almost a year after the insurrection, we have yet to see any clear indicators that such an investigation is underway, raising the alarming possibility that this administration may never bring charges against those ultimately responsible for the attack.
    While the Justice Department has filed charges against more than 700 people who participated in the violence, limiting the investigation to these foot soldiers would be a grave mistake: As Joanne Freeman, a Yale historian, wrote this month about the insurrection, “Accountability — the belief that political power holders are responsible for their actions and that blatant violations will be addressed — is the lifeblood of democracy. Without it, there can be no trust in government, and without trust, democratic governments have little power.”
    The legal path to investigate the leaders of the coup attempt is clear. The criminal code prohibits inciting an insurrection or “giving aid or comfort” to those who do, as well as conspiracy to forcibly “prevent, hinder or delay the execution of any law of the United States.” The code also makes it a crime to corruptly impede any official proceeding or deprive citizens of their constitutional right to vote.
    Based purely on what we know today from news reports and the steady stream of revelations coming from the House select committee investigating the attack, the attorney general has a powerful justification for a robust and forceful investigation into the former president and his inner circle. As White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows was intimately involved in the effort to overturn the election. He traveled to Georgia last December, where he apparently laid the groundwork for the phone call in which the president pressured Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to “find 11,780 votes.” Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio reportedly promoted a scheme to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to reject duly certified Joe Biden electors. And from their war room at the Willard Hotel, several members of the president’s inner circle hatched the legal strategy to overturn the results of the election.
    The president himself sat back for three hours while his chief of staff was barraged with messages from members of Congress and Fox News hosts pleading with him to have Mr. Trump call off the armed mob whose violent passion he had inflamed. That evidence, on its own, may not be enough to convict the former president, but it is certainly enough to require a criminal investigation.
    And yet there are no signs, at least in media reports, that the attorney general is building a case against these individuals — no interviews with top administration officials, no reports of attempts to persuade the foot soldiers to turn on the people who incited them to violence. By this point in the Russia investigation, the special counsel Robert Mueller had indicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and secured the cooperation of George Papadopoulos after charging him with lying to the F.B.I. The media was reporting that the special counsel’s team had conducted or scheduled interviews with Mr. Trump’s aides Stephen Miller and Mr. Bannon, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
    Of course, there is no way to know for sure whether Mr. Garland’s Department of Justice is investigating the leaders of the attack behind closed doors. Justice Department policy does not permit announcing investigations, absent exceptional circumstances. Mr. Garland, unlike his predecessor, plays by the book, keeping quiet about investigations until charges are filed. But the first of the rioters to plead guilty began cooperating with the Justice Department back in April. If prosecutors have been using their cooperation to investigate the top officials and operatives responsible for the siege of the Capitol and our democracy, there would likely be significant confirmation in the media by now.
    It is possible that the department is deferring the decision about starting a full-blown investigative effort pending further work by the House select committee. It is even conceivable that the department is waiting for the committee’s final report so that federal prosecutors can review the documents, interviews and recommendations amassed by House investigators and can consider any potential referrals for criminal prosecution.
    But such an approach would come at a very high cost. In the prosecution business, interviews need to happen as soon as possible after the events in question, to prevent both forgetfulness and witness coordination to conceal the truth. A comprehensive Department of Justice probe of the leadership is now more urgently needed than ever.
    It is also imperative that Mr. Trump be included on the list of those being investigated. The media has widely reported his role in many of the relevant events, and there is no persuasive reason to exclude him.
    First, he has no claim to constitutional immunity from prosecution. The Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel has recognized such immunity only for sitting presidents because a criminal trial would prevent them from discharging the duties of their office. Mr. Trump no longer has those duties to discharge.
    Nor is exclusion of the former president remotely justified by the precedent President Gerald Ford set in pardoning Richard Nixon to help the country “heal” from Watergate. Even our proud tradition of not mimicking banana republics by allowing political winners to retaliate against losers must give way in the wake of violence perpetrated to thwart the peaceful transition of power. Refusing to at least investigate those who plot to end democracy — and who would remain engaged in efforts to do so — would be beyond foolhardy.
    Furthermore, the pending state and local investigations in New York and Atlanta will never be able to provide the kind of accountability the nation clearly needs. The New York case, which revolves around tax fraud, has nothing to do with the attack on our government. The Atlanta district attorney appears to be probing Mr. Trump’s now infamous call to Mr. Raffensperger. But that is just one chapter of the wrongdoing that led up to the attack on the Capitol.
    Significantly, even if the Atlanta district attorney is able to convict Mr. Meadows and Mr. Trump for interfering in Georgia’s election, they could still run for office again. Only convicting them for participating in an insurrection would permanently disqualify them from office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
    Some have expressed pessimism that the Department of Justice would be able to convict Mr. Trump. His guilt would ultimately be for a jury to decide, and some jurors might believe he deluded himself into believing his own big lie and thus genuinely thought he was saving, rather than sabotaging, the election. But concerns about a conviction are no reason to refrain from an investigation. If anything, a federal criminal investigation could unearth even more evidence and provide a firmer basis for deciding whether to indict.
    To decline from the outset to investigate would be appeasement, pure and simple, and appeasing bullies and wrongdoers only encourages more of the same. Without forceful action to hold the wrongdoers to account, we will likely not resist what some retired generals see as a march to another insurrection in 2024 if Mr. Trump or another demagogue loses.
    Throughout his public life, Mr. Garland has been a highly principled public servant focused on doing the right thing. But only by holding the leaders of the Jan. 6 insurrection — all of them — to account can he secure the future and teach the next generation that no one is above the law. If he has not done so already, we implore the attorney general to step up to that task.

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