GAO, Trump, Giuliani, Parnas, Prison
There is something extremely mercurial about the Trump era. The fire of dissent against this president burns 24/7, and I have a theory about why it keeps burning. The media lives to reveal and discover. It’s what makes the fourth estate valuable and it also is what leads to some over-zealous or slanted reporting. The fourth estate is the press in the United States because they observe and report on the political process. They play a crucial role in the outcome of political issues and candidates. They have a creed to source material and convey their findings with the maximum use of truth. They aren’t trying to convince you of their position, but rather deliver enough facts and information for you to decide for yourself. The more lies Trump tells, the more motivated the press and some television outlets become to find answers and truths.
As was pointed out to me recently by my lawyer daughter, there is a clear difference between opinions and facts. Once you start a sentence with the words, “I believe…,” you are not reporting the news, facts or truth; you are simply expressing an opinion. It slays me that judges express their “opinions” while citing previous decisions and the law itself, which makes it a legal opinion. That is why they call it an opinion. But in our system of law and order, once a decision is handed down, it’s no longer an opinion. It’s something you must now abide by.
Today (1-16-2020), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a decision concluding that the Trump administration violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), a law that regulates how the White House may distribute money appropriated by Congress. And with this announcement, they are saying that President Trump broke the law by withholding funds for Ukraine. By now, most people know the back story to how and why this happened. Donald Trump admitted he did it, and even released a transcript of a call with the President of Ukraine to prove he broke the law. So, what happens now?
It’s unlikely that the Department of Justice will open in investigation into this matter, because the Senate is about to begin an impeachment trial of the president. But in normal order, the GAO would have sent a notice to DOJ stating the case and asking for them to open an investigation into the person or persons who broke the law and why. This now brings us to Lev Parvas, Rudy Giuliani and William Barr, and what is appearing to be a conspiracy to hurt Joe Biden.
It’s clear from the interviews that Lev Parnas has been giving in the last 24 hours that he has some very incriminating evidence against Donald Trump. Who is Lev Parnas? Well, it’s complicated.
Lev Parnas is a Soviet-born, naturalized American citizen who lives in Florida and claims he is in the real estate business. He is also an associate of Rudy Giuliani and he allegedly aided Rudy with a search in Ukraine for detrimental information on US President Donald Trump’s political opponents. On October 9, 2019, Parnas was arrested at Dulles International Airport with a one-way ticket to Europe and was charged with planning to direct funds from a foreign government to US politicians while trying to influence relations between America and Ukraine. In short, he is a dirty trickster who was on Giuliani’s payroll.
By releasing a trove of information and evidence about his interactions with Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Parnas demonstrated that he was being directed not only by Giuliani but by the President himself. He also implicated Attorney General William Barr and US Representative Devin Nunes, who is the minority leader on the Intelligence Committee in charge of investigating the entire Ukraine matter. Can you say, “Conflict of Interest?” If what Parnas says is true, both Nunes and Barr were involved in the conspiracy and the ongoing coverup. This whole mess could explode, you know, like a hand-grenade.
If what the GAO claims was breaking the law, all those who aided and abetted that effort are guilty. This means that John Bolton should testify about this broken law, if not before the House or Senate then in a US Federal court. This brings us to the shining gem of this affair, Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States.
Was Mike Pence part of the plot to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter? Was Pence used as a tool in the pressure campaign against the President of Ukraine? Pence served in Congress and knows the rules and laws. He certainly cannot say he didn’t know what he was doing was wrong. That would mean that he is totally stupid and unfit for office.
The White House, the Justice Department and Mike Pence’s office all renounced what Parnas said. Might we be facing a bigger Constitutional crisis than we at first thought? With this information on the table, one could say that Donald John Trump has corrupted Congress, Justice and the Presidency with his lies, deceptions and illegal actions. But then, you already knew that. Trump is a nefarious pathological liar who has no business being President. How can we end this farce quickly and peacefully?
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