WSJ Exposes The Real 'Constitutional Crisis'

The Wall Street Journal continues to counter  the  liberal mainstream media's anti-Trump-ness, dropping uncomfortable truth-bombs and refusing to back off its intense pressure to get to the truth and hold those responsible, accountable; in a forum that is hard for the establishment to shrug off as 'Alt-Right' or 'Nazi' or be 'punished' by search- and social-media-giants.

And once again Kimberley Strassel - who by now has become the focus of social media attacks for her truth-seeking reporting - does it again this morning, as she asks, rhetorically, why the FBI and Justice Department continuing evading congressional oversight?

Via The Wall Street Journal,

Democrats and their media allies are again shouting “constitutional crisis,” this time claiming President Trump has waded too far into the Russia investigation. The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice Department’s unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department’s relationship with Congress.

The conceit of those claiming Mr. Trump has crossed some line in ordering the Justice Department to comply with oversight is that “investigators” are beyond question. We are meant to take them at their word that they did everything appropriately. Never mind that the revelations of warrants and spies and dirty dossiers and biased text messages already show otherwise.

We are told that Mr. Trump cannot be allowed to have any say over the Justice Department’s actions, since this might make him privy to sensitive details about an investigation into himself. We are also told that Congress - a separate branch of government, a primary duty of which is oversight - cannot be allowed to access Justice Department material. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes can’t be trusted to view classified information - something every intelligence chairman has done - since he might blow a source or method, or tip off the president.

That’s a political judgment, but it holds no authority. The Constitution set up Congress to act as a check on the executive branch—and it’s got more than enough cause to do some checking here. Yet the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation have spent a year disrespecting Congress—flouting subpoenas, ignoring requests, hiding witnesses, blacking out information, and leaking accusations.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has not been allowed to question a single current or former Justice or FBI official involved in this affair. Not one. He’s also more than a year into his demand for the transcript of former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s infamous call with the Russian ambassador, as well as reports from the FBI agents who interviewed Mr. Flynn. And still nothing.

Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, is being stonewalled on at least three inquiries. The House Judiciary and Oversight committee chairmen required a full-blown summit in April with Justice Department officials to get movement on their own subpoena. The FBI continues to block a fuller release of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia report.

Not that the documents that Justice sends over are of much use. Mr. Grassley this week excoriated the department for its routine practice of redacting key information, and for similarly refusing to provide a “privilege log” that details the legal basis for withholding information. His team recently discovered that one of the items Justice had scrubbed from the Peter Strzok-Lisa Page texts was the duo’s concern that former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe had a $70,000 conference table. (Was it lacquered with unicorn tears?) A separate text refers to an investigation that the White House is “running,” but conveniently blacks out which one. The FBI won’t answer Mr. Johnson’s questions about who is doing the redacting.

This intransigence is creating an unprecedented toxicity between law enforcement and Congress, undermining what has long been a cooperative and vital relationship. It is also pushing lawmakers ever closer to holding Justice Department officials in contempt or impeaching them. Congress hasn’t impeached a member of the executive branch (presidents excepted) since the 19th century. Let’s agree such a step would amount to a real crisis. And the pressure to use these tools to get disclosure is growing, as congressional Republicans worry about losing their oversight authority in the midterms, and suspect the Justice Department is stringing them along for that very reason.

Which is why Mr. Trump was right to order that Justice comply with Mr. Nunes’s demands for documents about the alleged FBI spy Stefan Halper and other information related to the catalyst of this investigation. As president, he has a duty to protect the reputation and integrity of the Justice Department—even from its own leaders. Forcing officials to comply with legitimate congressional oversight is far better than sitting back to watch those same officials singe the institution and its relationship with Congress in a flame of impeachment resolutions.

And finally, Strassel has some advice on how to resolve this... Mr. Trump has an even quicker way to bring the hostility to an end.

He can - and should - declassify everything possible, letting Congress and the public see the truth.

That would put an end to the daily spin and conspiracy theories. It would puncture Democratic arguments that the administration is seeking to gain this information only for itself, to “undermine” an investigation.

And it would end the Justice Department’s campaign of secrecy, which has done such harm to its reputation with the public and with Congress.

Just what will the deep state do to avoid this eventuality? Do they have anything left to throw at Trump?

Comments

macholatte DisorderlyConduct Fri, 05/25/2018 - 13:19 Permalink

 

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder
Facts Don’t Matter to Blue Brain Numb Skulls.

Now, as all of us here know, if Trump fired Sessions and about 10 others under Sessions (Rosenstein + 9 more) until he got to a person who could become a real AG and appoint a real special prosecutor, the odds are very good that dozens, perhaps hundreds of Blue Brains would be under indictment and many would sing like canaries. Specifc targets would be the ususal suspects: Soetero, Clintons (Hitlary, Bill & Chelsea) Soros & his donors, Brennan, Holder, Podesta brothers, Clapper, Rice, Powers, Awan brothers, Brazil, Wasserman, Wray, Mueller, Rosenstein, etc.

It would be a beautiful thing.

 

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brianshell macholatte Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:11 Permalink

As the Seattle business community is reaching the last straw of abuse from the communist city government, the US congress may find it worthwhile to actually do their sworn duty and act as the third branch of government.

The electorate may shrug off the corruption in congress but there comes a time when these people must do their job.

A good example would be stopping any and all military actions, both overt and covert, without congressional consent.

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caconhma brianshell Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

Trump is fully responsible for criminal and subversive activities of DoJ, FBI, CIA, HLS, and other government agencies. Why? Because of all these agencies report to Trump and he has done nothing to stop their criminal activities and punish responsible parties

Trump is not doing his job. Why? Because he is a fake President and a Banking Mafia agent. He is a "good" negotiator who is ready to sell out and compromise America vital interests. He is an Orange Orangutan without any integrity, honesty and any moral or ethical principals.

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Colonel Shitze… macholatte Fri, 05/25/2018 - 15:06 Permalink

“But whaddabout them.....”   That’s crazy fukn effective distracting from the Swamp expansion & faux gold shitters installed in the swamp since Trump came in. Because the last batch was shady crooked doesn’t mean the new batch ain’t.  Hella effective it seems for all y’all chasing down the latest Trump “but whaddabout” rabbit hole 

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The First Rule Stan522 Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:54 Permalink

"Rosenstien has been behind much of the illegalities"

 

EXACTLY.

 

Its unfathomable that one of the Biggest Criminals in Washington is the one RUNNING the investigation.

Its beyond me why Trump hasn't fired this Deep State Criminal 1000Xs over.

No Justice can possibly be done as long as the main criminal at the heart of all the corruption is the one still running things.

 

 

 

 

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el buitre loveyajimbo Fri, 05/25/2018 - 15:40 Permalink

I don't know where you get the idea that only Sessions can fire Rosenstein.  A POTUS can fire anyone holding a cabinet or sub-cabinet post with a stroke of the pen., and need not give any rationale for the action.  Period.  It's called the Constitution.  Of course, I would like to see him fire Sessions as well, but he would have to catch him awake first.  I understand that during most of his waking hours though he is out in the fields cutting down cannabis plants with a machete.

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Colonel Shitze… The First Rule Fri, 05/25/2018 - 15:12 Permalink

Ha, Trump’s watch, how does this crap still work on people Trump put in, & not “Obama’s deputy AG”  I guess Hannity said it, cue righteous indignation. There’s plenty of conservatives & libertarians not falling for all this stuff, but it’s a fukn trip to see how many swallow the hook for whatever half assed scheme Uncle Rudy’s peddling today

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Elvis is Alive The First Rule Fri, 05/25/2018 - 19:32 Permalink

"Its beyond me why Trump hasn't fired this Deep State Criminal 1000Xs over." 

I think Trump is waiting until October right before the midterms to do this and declassify everything. There is not much to be gained in releasing it now.

If this is awful as many of us suspect it is, the Dems supposed lead blows up. As much as people may not like Trump, they don't like losing the republic, and that is what has happened. Heck, if the Dems ran an honest nomination process, Bernie Sanders would likely be president. How many Republican insiders wanted Trump? There weren't many, but the Republicans respected their voters.

The Dems still haven't learned. Bashing Trump and talking up the deep state in today's world is not going to get you anywhere. The Dems haven't fixed anything. Matt Taibbi, hardly a Republican fan, was actually calling out the Dems for the stupid Russia investigation, the divide between rich and poor in the criminal justice system, and now the crooked way the Dems leadership are ruining their party. See the link: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/jeff-beals-new-york-midt…

If the Dems get back to being the party of civil liberties and away from the deep state, they would win big time, but they haven't learned a damned thing since 2016. Hey Dems, you didn't lose because of Russia; you lost because you were crooked, and you will lose in 2018 for the same reason. 

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Hal n back StackShinyStuff Fri, 05/25/2018 - 13:10 Permalink

one thing that most lawyers udnerstand, and many in congress are lawyers, is to not turn over anything that can remotely be use full to teh other side. Alomg with that, you delay giving anythign for as long as possible, or just "lose" the info.

In th eend in 2-3 years afer a court orders the defense to provide documents, the next thing they do is bury the other side with everything--let them spend the time money and effort to go thru everythign to find anything.

its the strategy when you have something to hide.

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el buitre ZENDOG Fri, 05/25/2018 - 15:46 Permalink

A problem facing the Congress and the DOJ is that if Congress finds someone in contempt and orders that the person be arrested, the DOJ carries out the order.  I can really see Rosenstein arresting himself.  Might be like that scene in Blazing Saddles with the black Sheriff holding a gun up to his own head.

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lincolnsteffens Hal n back Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:15 Permalink

This is what happened in the Bundy Trial. Feds withheld information that proved Bundys were telling the truth and dumped a skid of documents in thousands of uncut pages shortly before the trial began. They were the lucky ones and got the case dismissed. I'm waiting to see if the prosecutors get disbarred and fine or prison for lying before the court and attempting to keep the defendants from due process.  

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booboo ShrNfr Fri, 05/25/2018 - 13:27 Permalink

So LBJ spied on Barry Goldwater? All this proves is that The Jackass Party has a history of weaponizing .gov against the people that consented to their rule. Pussamerica suffers from battered women complex, wonder when we will have enough of this shit and cut .govs dick off while they sleep one off.

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Indo_Expat the cork Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:48 Permalink

Not clean, attempting to cover their asses after the fact from sedition charges which will happen anyways. The President has a long fucking memory and none of these fake news frauds and hacks will live to see the end of his second term. Bank on it.

CNN fake news is fucking toast as are their faggots, pedophiles and alien shills. They will not escape, gunned down in the streets by enraged patriots or trial, conviction and execution for sedition.

Trump: Long on revenge.

RICO.

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wolf pup ???ö? Fri, 05/25/2018 - 13:48 Permalink

One would hope. 

The Big Question for us all as Americans is this:

How does America move forward from this massive betrayal of the American elections process? (Those who think it doesn’t matter; voting; fine, sorta with you...  but this post is about those who do..). 

How does a democratic Republic, based on its 2 Party system, proceed as usual, when one Party has rounded the turn from any remnant of reasoned cooperation to a China-like tyranny via criminal oppression, to a jackbooted enforcement of their fictional bullshit, and who believe using mafia style tactics instead of legislation is their right and their mode of “legislation”? 

It’s all the DNC has produced since Trump was legally voted into office, and continues; nothing else - at all, so it’s blatantly clear that the DNC, one of only two Parties, has jumped the rails into a ‘tyranny as freedom’ via their fictional facade; a charade made of ObamaLand Optics, a complicit and weaponized Press, and brutal assaults on anyone daring to speak up. 

Reading every local news affiliate in my area these past several weeks; ABC, CBS, bsNBC local news, not a single item about this massively important event has been logged. None. 

Speaking to acquaintances yesterday regarding it, they laughed politely and honestly said it’s crazy fantasy. If it were real, well of course it would be on their local evening news as they fix and eat their dinner each night. “Watch more MSM news. You’ll see. It’s all just a ruse by Devin Nunes who hates Obama.” When reminded that I (sigh duh) do, or I’d not be acutely aware of the fact that it is missing from MSM sites/tv shows, my words had no effect. Quick pivots; gotta go; love you. 

In their minds anyone speaking of this is being misinformed, and all because the Press is the HUGE factor in the destruction we watch happening. These people are high producing and otherwise intelligent people. Busy, productive lives; kind, your average upper mid income Americans. A most frightening vision.

So. A complicit Propaganda Press simply hiding reality via the assumption they would never do that. One of two political Parties wholly changes into a criminal network hellbent on control. 

And an AG sitting like a swamp plug on top of a volcano of criminality.

How does the other Party, then, proceed to conduct any legislative business with them? They can’t. 

How do those people elected to Congressional seats, like Jordan, Gaetz, et al work WITH a group, as Congress, a group which uses these black ops moves not just laterally but against the citizenry. The DNC has not a single member willing to be honest here. 

It can’t work going forward when one faction is made of such tyrannical and wanton criminality. Yes. Our gov is rife with exactly that. Duh? Yet this malignant growth is different, as this is the first time that - thanks to the ObamaLand Mafia’s thuggery, hubris and incompetence, that such black ops dirty shit has been unleashed on the US VOTE in such a weaponized and very real, one sided war. 

Toppling Trump is not the goal; its that Trump figurehead they must remove. It's the requirement needed to get at you. At Americans who still, somehow, recall and want the US Constitution intact and unmolested. Respected, even. They need him gone. She was supposed to win yadda etc. But it is the wealth of America, in all its forms; the goal. 

I don’t see how the present DNC - omitting here only for clarity of statement, NeverTrump RINOs - how the DNC of 2018 is a viable Party now. They can’t be. Sanctions? I dunno. But these criminal mafia moves against the Citizenry prove their inability to be one of the two Parties anymore imo. 

The Dem Party has poisoned itself, while trying to poison Trump to get past him to the Constitution; the People. 

So how does America then deal with that Party? Why wouldn’t these criminal moves force the DNC - and CIA etcetc but here I speak of the political system and vote; the thing we base our country upon, why wouldn’t the DNC be legally forced to dissolve? 

And how will moving forward result in anything but this same slow-slog into a One Party dictatorship or whatever you choose to call a tyranny via every power faction working as one? 

I know. It’s been afoot. This, this here is the end game - or the beginning of something different, imho as the DNC is not viable now as a political structure in a “free” country. Does anyone think that they’re going to suddenly hit the crazy brakes and become docile? Reasonable? 

“Tl;dr” works, too... albeit in poor form, lol. 

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Karl Marxist NoWayJose Fri, 05/25/2018 - 15:47 Permalink

Bottom line if any of us sit on asses waiting for a let somebody else do it, rest assured that somebody ain't gonna do shit. I know my personal limitations in spreading the word(s) and in today's world of Google, YouTube, Twitter censorship (case and point -- virtually all articles pertaining to the arrest or activist Tommy Robinson are deleted from Google searches. Completely Orwellian, dangerous beyond reproach. I will go down in flames fighting for information to never be taken out for any reason. If you're here on ZH I must assume you got some sort of memo the fight is on upon us all.

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