THE “I” WORD




 

 

There has been a lot of talk about the “I” Word and will it come into play after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submits his report. The “I” Word of course is Impeachment, and President Donald Trump has made reference to it many times on the campaign trail. There have been a list of accusations as to how and when President Trump has violated the letter and spirit of the Constitution. Norms and accepted behavior have been tossed to the wind during his brief tenure in office. Billionaire Tom Steyer has carried on a one man campaign on his Need to Impeach website with nearly 6 million signees. His website includes a series of statements and accusations: “Donald Trump has been implicated in two felony crimes. His Supreme Court nominee wouldn’t answer when asked whether the President can pardon himself. No one is above the law, so we have to make sure this president doesn’t use pardons to cover up crimes. We must act to remove him from office.” Opinions differ as to whether the President is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, and we may have to wait and see if the issue of impeachment comes into play.

The charge of impeachment has not only been leveled at President Trump but at an Appeals Court judge who likely will be seated on the Highest Court of the Land. Judge Brett Kavanaugh who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit lied at his 2004 and 2006 Senate confirmation hearing under oath. Evidence has been released that he received confidential memos, letters, and talking points that GOP Senate Aide Manuel Miranda stole from the U.S. Senate server. Judge Kavanaugh on two different appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee swore he had no knowledge of the illicit act or materials. This same judge is positioned to take a seat on the United States Supreme Court. Perjury and lying to the federal government are crimes punishable by law even though those with high rank rarely face the consequences of their action. The New York Times in an Opinion column written by its Editorial Board clearly laid out the argument: “Confirmed: Brett Kavanaugh Can’t Be Trusted—A Perfect Candidate for a President with no clear relation to the Truth.” The Times went on to say that “in a more virtuous world, Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be deeply embarrassed by the manner in which he has arrived at the doorstep of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.” A person found to have lied during a congressional hearing or investigation, or simply lied to an FBI or other federal agent, actually could face jail time. In the case of Judge Kavanaugh, it seems that he will not face impeachment but be lifted up to the Supreme Court. Likely, other critical and damaging information will be released as time passes. This will place an additional cloud over his appointment coloring any decisions he makes as a Justice. The critical and fascinating aspect of Kavanaugh’s appointment is that Republicans know what he has done but are willing to ignore his deceitfulness in order to get a conservative judge on the Court. Imagine the loud outcry if Kavanaugh were a Democratic nominee. The sound of the objection would be heard around the world. However in the Trump Administration, truth has taken a holiday. Lying to the Senate under oath seems to be in season. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also faced allegations of lying to Congress. Then Sen. Jeff Sessions who spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States did not disclose those encounters when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow. During his confirmation hearing to become attorney general he steadfastly denied any knowledge of any such encounters. The once proud Republican Party should hide its face in shame along with those who continue to support the actions of the President. We have arrived at a low state in our nation where high profile prosecutions for lying to congress, feds, or even for perjury, don’t seem to matter. While Judge Kavanaugh serves as a lector at his church and Attorney General Sessions teaches Sunday School, they both seemed to forget the message of Proverbs 12:22. The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.


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