The Ol’ Pussy Grabber is singing from the tin-horn dictator hymnal, ain’t he? He is not going to respond to any subpoenas, he will try and block all congressional testimony by WH employees, former employees, and never employees, and he will subvert any and all laws requiring submitting reports of wrongdoing to Congress.
All tin-horn despots know that the first things they gotta do to #bebestest is to de-fang the legislative body and turn it into a rubber stamp, to de-blindfold the courts and get biased judgments, cow the administration departments and turn them into sycophantic submissive mindguards, and to corrupt the military and get self-serving accomplices. He’s made mad progress on every front, progress towards gutting our democracy and filling its hollowed-out carcass with a fascist regime.
The latest installments are concerning the now infamous whistleblower who has blown the whistle on the Ol’ Pussy Grabber making promises to foreign heads of state that are alarming enough that it warranted blowing the whistle to the intelligence community, and that means that it had something to do with national security being compromised.
Intelligence Community Whistleblowers’ Protection Act
The law is clear on how things are supposed to proceed once all the whistles have been blown! Vox explains it all so much better than I can, you should read the article linked at the end of the post. Here’s a brief summary of the what transpired.
- First the complaint is filed with the Intelligence Community Inspector General. Inspectors general are the folks who are to keep the various government agencies on the straight and narrow. Perhaps you remember hearing about the mean old IG in the Department of Interior who forced that nice Ryan Zinke fella to resign all because he was using department funds to fly himself around the country on vacations and things. Or the down-right evil and contrary IG of the EPA sandbagged the virtuous, hard-working, patriotic, and honest Scott Pruitt with endless investigations into harmless expenditures on furnishings, and remodelings, and travelings, and all kinda other stuff just because the IG hated America for our freedoms.
- Then, the ICIG has 14 whole days and presumably nights to figger out if the complaint is (1) credible and (2) of urgent concern. Well, it seems like this here Ol’ Pussy Grabber hating angry Democrat of an ICIG that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber appointed and the Senate confirmed did find the report credible and urgently concerning because he moved it along to the third step.
- After that, the ICIG hands the complaint off to the Director of National Intelligence — that’s the office that coordinates the activities of our multitudinous intelligence agencies — who then has seven days to give the report to the Gang of Eight. And, this step is where the proverbial wheels were stolen off the proverbial democracy and placed on the train straight to fascism.
The Great Civics Lesson, Part 2
The Great Civics Lesson part 2 is that degree that our democracy is democratic is directly proportional to the functionality of its institutions, agencies, traditions, and norms. Each of the democratic nature of each of those elements is directly related to the democratic nature of the people either occupying the institutions and agencies or living the traditions and norms.
So, when the acting DNI Joseph Maguire elected to disobey the law and NOT send the complaint to Congress, he was not only weakening our democracy and increasing the authoritarianistic nature of our current government, but because it had to do with national security and the Ol’ Pussy Grabber promising to deliver something to a foreign head of state, it probably directly threatens the safety of our country.
When the people who serve in the offices, institutions, and agencies of our government elevate the needs of one person, the executive, over the needs of the country as a whole, up to and including failing to investigate a credible urgent concerning act by the executive, then we are truly living in an autocracy.
When the executive has continuing success in stiff arming, stonewalling, and thwarting the authority of the legislature to exercise oversight and hold the executive accountable, we are living in autocracy.
When the courts defy precedence and ignore settle law to rule in favor of an executive, we live in an autocracy.
When the electorate does not demand that the people serving in our government execute their duties in accordance with our Constitution, laws, and traditions, we are living in an autocracy.
This is why it is imperative that the House impeach or at least hold impeachment proceedings to determine whether impeachment is deserved (it is). Without oversight and accountability in our government for how well each of the people serving in the government live up to our democratic norms and traditions. Using our democratic institutions and means to check and balance the extreme narcissist in the White House, the sycophants in his administration, and groupthink that is emanating from their lack of careful deliberation is the only way to defend and preserve our democracy.
This is just the latest and most severe example of an increasingly emboldened and confident authoritative party in their attempt to replace our democracy with a single-party pseudo-democratic authoritarian regime whose only mission is to transfer as much wealth as possible as quickly as possible from the middle class to the 1% like they have in Russia.
What we know about the whistleblower complaint about President Trump
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff says he wasn’t properly informed, and he wants answers.
An internal Trump administration whistleblower has filed a complaint about “multiple acts” by President Trump, according to the New York Times’ Nicholas Fandos, Eileen Sullivan, Julian Barnes and Matthew Rosenberg.
In part, the complaint is about a troubling “promise” made during a conversation between President Trump and a foreign leader, per the Washington Post’s Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima, and Shane Harris. But the Times reported Thursday that the complaint is broader than any one call or promise.
The complaint was passed on to the inspector general for the intelligence community, who determined it was credible and a matter of “urgent concern” — a legal standard that normally requires congressional oversight committees be notified. And, per a letter from the inspector general, he concluded the complaint “relates to one of the most significant and important of the DNI’s responsibilities to the American people.”
But Trump’s acting director of national intelligence has stepped in to block key congressional committee chairs from receiving the details of the whistleblower complaint — which some legal analysts say could be a violation of the law requiring they be informed.
Continue reading at Vox.com: Whistleblower complaint about President Trump: what we know – Vox