Fri
Nov 22 2019
10:33 am

I was impressed with all of the people that testified for the impeachment inquiry. They spoke well and I'm comfortable with how they represent our country.

They Toil Gladly Offstage.

Knoxoasis's picture

Yes, thanks for your service.

R. Neal's picture

Sorry, I missed the part

Sorry, I missed the part where the Constitution says Congressional oversight of the executive branch must be tempered by popularity polls.

Knoxoasis's picture

Yeah you'd think that,

Yeah you'd think that, wouldn't you?

The shift came after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee conducted focus groups in key House battlegrounds in recent weeks, testing messages related to impeachment. Among the questions put to participants was whether “quid pro quo,” “extortion” or “bribery” was a more compelling description of Trump’s conduct. According to two people familiar with the results, which circulated among Democrats this week, the focus groups found “bribery” to be most damning. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the results have not been made public.

R. Neal's picture

Congress’s authority to

Congress’s authority to oversee and investigate the Executive Branch is a necessary component of legislative powers and to maintain the constitutional balance of powers between the branches. As the Supreme Court held in 1927: “[T]he power of inquiry—with process to enforce it—is an essential and appropriate auxiliary to the legislative function.”1 Similarly, the Supreme Court held: “The power of the Congress to conduct investigations is inherent in the legislative process. That power is broad. It encompasses inquiries concerning the administration of existing laws as well as proposed or possibly needed statutes.”

When needed information cannot easily be obtained—or if government agencies resist—Congress has legitimate cause to compel responses:

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These principles of congressional oversight have been severely tested during the Committee’s investigation. The administration’s frequently stated pledge to comply with “all legitimate oversight requests” is often a hollow prelude followed by delay or refusal to respond to legitimate inquiries. Other congressional committees have reported similar delay and obstruction. The administration’s resistance to this Committee has been especially troubling.

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fischbobber's picture

Four more articles

Looks like more obstruction, bribery , abuse of power, and another election fraud to add to election fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, another obstruction of justice, violation of the emoluments clause, and if one acknowledges the cyberwar we're clearly engaged in, treason.

But whose counting?

Or paying attention when Trump gets on camera and confesses (brags?) to the charges?

fischbobber's picture

And......

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Jury tampering. I believe that's what Hoffa went to jail for.

fischbobber's picture

Consider

The first thirteen articles of impeachment........

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