Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trump's Chumps - Get on board or abandon ship

WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- For a moment there as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer "barked" his orders into the media's cameras, this writer felt he was in front of the North Korean's famous Newscaster telling the department heads to "enforce the executive orders or get another job".  Never in the history of this country has anyone just "bullied" their way across the Laws and landscape of democracy, possibly the Nazi movement in Germany of the 1930's.  The only thing that is missing, is the "Brown Shirts" and the Gestapo at the air terminals asking you "Where Are Your Papers"? - KHS  

Jeff Sessions grilled Sally Yates on constitutional duty during 2015 hearing - Now what comes around -- goes around Mr. Sessions.

(CNN)Well, this is awkward.
Video of Sally Yates' Deputy Attorney General confirmation hearing in 2015 shows Sen. Jeff Sessions -- Trump's pick for the country's top legal position -- grilling her about her responsibility to the then-President, Barack Obama, should he require her to execute "unlawful" views.

"You have to watch out because people will be asking you to do things and you need to say no. You think the Attorney General has the responsibility to say no to the President if he asks for something that's improper?" the Alabama senator asks her."A lot of people have defended the Lynch nomination, for example by saying 'well, he appoints somebody who's going to execute his views, what's wrong with that?'" he asks, referring to Obama's 2014 nomination of Loretta Lynch to the role of Attorney General.

"But if the views the President wants to execute are unlawful, should the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General say no?"

Yates replies: "Senator, I believe the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the President."

Yates, who until yesterday was Acting Attorney General, was fired after she instructed the Justice Department not to defend Trump's immigration order, which bans travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations and temporarily halts refugee arrivals.

Yates paid the price for falling afoul of the Trump White House.

    "(Yates) has betrayed the Department of Justice," the White House statement said. 

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