Unethical (And Depressing) Quote Of The Month: Georgia Grand Jury Foreperson Emily Kohrs

“I wanted to hear from the former president, but honestly, I wanted to subpoena the former president because I got to swear everybody in, and so I thought it would be really cool to get 60 seconds with President Trump, of me looking at him and be like, ‘Do you solemnly swear,’ and me getting to swear him in…I just…I kinda just thought that would be an awesome moment!”

—Emily Kohrs, the foreperson of the Atlanta grand jury that investigated Trump’s 2020 election fraud claims for the past eight months.

Kohrs was asked, “What did you personally want to hear from the former President?” by her MSNBC inteviewer, as Kohrs supported subpoenaing Trump for alleged crimes. Giggling , that was her reply.

And she didn’t even realize how ludicrous the answer made her, the inquiry and our justice system appear. You can see the video here. I’ll be on the nearest bridge, pinning a note to my Red Sox warm-up jacket and preparing to leap to my death.

Thrilled with her proverbial 15 minutes of fame, this juvenile fool—who, I will repeat just to maybe get some company on that lonely bridge—personally supported subpoenaing a former President of the United States as part of an investigation into potential criminal wrongdoing because she thought it would be “really cool” to get to swear him in—has been giving babbling, borderline illegal interviews to CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, and the Associated Press, teasing reporters by almost breaching grand jury confidentiality, and maybe doing so. “Why this person is talking on TV, I do not understand,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said. “She’s clearly enjoying herself. Is this responsible?”

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Bleary-Eyed Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 3/12/2019: Omar, Warren, Hillary, Morrissey, And Bradley/Chelsea

good morning.

The previous time I traveled, I couldn’t get to sleep in the hotel ( as usual) until the early morning hours, and the hotel neglected to give me a wake-up call. I woke up two hours late and almost missed my engagement. Last night I couldn’t sleep (and this is a terrific hotel), finally got to sleep around 5 am…and my wake-up call came 30 minutes early. When I ignored it, the staff knocked on the door to see if I was dead…still before the time I had requested for a wake-up.

1. Facebook being Facebook. The social media giant doesn’t just censor Ethics Alarms, it censors Elizabeth Warren. Facebook removed several ads that Senator. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign published on the its platform. The ads promoted the Massachusetts Senator’s proposals to break up tech company monopolies like Facebook. The company quickly back-tracked when it got the obvious reaction for such ham-handed suppression of dissent, and claimed that it was all a big mistake. The ads were restored, it said, in the interests of “vigorous debate.”

Sure. Why am I still on Facebook?

2. Certainly we respect your moral objections to the law, Chelsea. And we expect you to respect the fact that you have to go to jail. Chelsea Manning, who in her previous incarnation as Bradley Manning committed treason by sending classified documents to Wikileaks, endangering U.S. personnel and aiding its enemies. Now she is defying a judge and refusing to testify before a grand jury despite having been given immunity, on the grounds that she has a “moral objection” to grand jury secrecy. Manning, who has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer, is not a lawyer, is not a philosopher, and as a traitor (whose prison sentence was commuted by President Obama), her assessment of what is moral or ethical should carry as much weight as R. Kelly’s endorsement of women’s rights. Grand jury secrecy is essential to the justice system, of course. A judge has said that Manning will stay in jail until she testifies, and since she ought to be in jail anyway, let’s hope she maintains her “moral” stand. In reality, she is likely to only stay jailed until the grand jury is through, which will be 18 months. Pity. Continue reading