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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

You're Fired!

Partisan hack refuses to do her job!
"My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts," she said in a letter. "In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right."

Political rhetoric to English translation: The order is perfectly legal and my responsibility is to enforce it...  but I don't like it politically, so I am going to hold my breath, stomp my feet, and throw a tantrum that will put me in the news.
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Note: The Office of legal Counsel (which is part of the Justice Department) ultimately assists the Administration on issues such as this executive action. They provided guidance and review of this particular executive order and deemed it to be both constitutional and within the scope of any pertinent statutory limits.

In other words, the acting Attorney General not only defied her boss, but disrespected the legal experts (in her charge) who's job it is to make the determination on whether something is or is not legal. Make no mistake... this was pure one hundred percent partisan politics. There is no other explanation.

Note Number 2:  As the Deputy Attorney General, Yates was ultimately part of repeated attempts by the Justice Department to defend the executive actions of President Obama. Considering his track record for losing these court battles, in many cases having unanimous rulings up and down the chain against him... she must be used to defending actions that would only hold a vague tortured legal defense.

11 comments:

Roger Amick said...

"I (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and
defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies,
foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to
the same; that I take this obligation freely without any mental
reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully
discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So
help me God."

Roger Amick said...

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned.

Gregg Phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in Alabama, Texas and Mississippi, according to voting records and election officials in those states. He voted only in Alabama in November, records show.

In a post earlier this month, Phillips described "an amazing effort" by volunteers tied to True the Vote, an organization whose board he sits on, who he said found "thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people."


Trump has made an issue of people who are registered to vote in more than one state, using it as one of the bedrocks of his overall contention that voter fraud is rampant in the U.S. and that voting by 3 to 5 million immigrants illegally in the country cost him the popular vote in November.

The AP found that Phillips was registered in Alabama and Texas under the name Gregg Allen Phillips, with the identical Social Security number. Mississippi records list him under the name Gregg A. Phillips, and that record includes the final four digits of Phillips' Social Security number, his correct date of birth and a prior address matching one once attached to Gregg Allen Phillips. He has lived in all three states.

At the time of November's presidential election, Phillips' status was "inactive" in Mississippi and suspended in Texas. Officials in both states told the AP that Phillips could have voted, however, by producing identification and updating his address at the polls.

Citing concerns about voters registered in several states, the president last week called for a major investigation into his claim of voter fraud, despite his campaign lawyer's conclusion that the 2016 election was "not tainted."

"When you look at the people that are registered, dead, illegal and two states, and some cases maybe three states, we have a lot to look into," Trump said in an ABC interview.

Reached by telephone Monday, Phillips said he was unaware of his multiple registrations but asked, "Why would I know or care?"

"Doesn't that just demonstrate how broken the system is?" he asked. "That is not fraud — that is a broken system. We need a national ID that travels with people."

Phillips has been in the national spotlight since Nov. 11, when he tweeted without evidence that his completed analysis of voter registrations concluded the "number of non-citizen votes exceeded 3 million."

Thousands of people liked and retweeted the claim, which led to a viral article three days later on InfoWars.com, a site known to traffic in conspiracy theories.

Loretta Russo said...

Spam by the drunkard.

Daily.

caliphate4vr said...

As always the liver goes into histrionics and is wrong

On CNN tonight, Alan Dershowitz criticized acting Attorney General Sally Yates for instructing the DOJ not to defend President Trump‘s travel ban as long as she’s in the position.

Yates (a holdover from the Obama administration) explained in a letter that she does not believe the order is even lawful.

Dershowitz told Erin Burnett, “She’s made a serious mistake here. This is holdover heroism. It’s so easy to be a heroine when you’re not appointed by this president and when you’re on the other side.”

He said it would have been better if Yates had done a more nuanced analysis of what parts of the ban are constitutional and what parts aren’t, because “by lumping all of them together, she has made a political decision rather than a legal one.”

He also added that the White House can simply “ignore her and say we’re gonna have the court appoint somebody who will defend the president’s actions.”

Myballs said...

Did he vote in multiple states?

rrb said...


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned.
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try to keep up alky...


It is illegal to cast a ballot in multiple states, but it is not illegal to be registered in two states at the same time. This often happens when a person moves to a new state but their old state has not yet updated its voter rolls.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316324-kushner-registered-to-vote-in-two-states

rrb said...

Roger Amick said...
"I (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and
defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies,
foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to
the same; that I take this obligation freely without any mental
reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully
discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So
help me God."
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posting the exact reason she got fired was a nice touch.

thanks alky!

rrb said...

The refugee question is not the only uncomfortable parallel between the 1930s and our own time. The real problem in the 1930s wasn’t the lack of compassion for Jewish and other refugees; it was the feckless appeasement of Adolf Hitler and the unwillingness to confront him that empowered the Nazi persecution of the Jews and created hundreds of thousands of refugees. So today the true villain of the Syria story—aside from Syria, Russia, and Iran—is the feckless Obama foreign policy that allowed a cyst to metastasize into a cancer, just as Britain, France, and America once allowed Hitler to grow into the master of Europe.

The Obama officials and cheerleaders now guilt-tripping the country over “heartlessness” toward Syria refugees are giving hypocrisy a bad name. Bad foreign policy is the cause of the heartbreak in Syria today, not bad immigration policy. The world does not need lectures from Susan Rice and Samantha Power on what we should do about Syrian refugees; the best way to deal with refugee flows is to prevent them from happening. The Holocaust was not caused by the Reed-Johnson Act; it was caused by Nazi hatred, enabled by naive liberal illusions about the “arc of history” that prevented the West from mobilizing against Hitler when he was weak and easily defeated.

What the progressives want to do now is to turn the immigration debate into a morality play with Trump cast not as FDR (who on this point he closely and even eerily resembles) but as Satan. Obama’s role (and the role of non-interventionist Democrats) in making the Syrian mess so intractable can be airbrushed out of the picture. The national conversation shall be only and always about courageous, compassionate, and deeply humane progressives resisting the forces of Republican and especially Trumpian darkness.

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/01/28/the-refugee-ban-and-the-holocaust/

Roger Amick said...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/world/americas/state-dept-dissent-cable-trump-immigration-order.html?_r=0

Dissent cable on Trump's ban Draws 1,000 signatures.

The State department has 7,600 Foreign Service officers and 11,000 civil servants.

The ban would "alienated our allies" and "hurt America economy".
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It carries on about how it will be seen by our enemies as a recruitment weapon. I have to agree. This looks like a declaration of war against Muslims. The Republicans who support Trump on this, don't think that he's going to end up starting a war like the crusades. But that could very well be the result of this and other policies.

This has Steve Bannon's signature. Trump isn't experienced in foreign affairs, and the dangers of a war across the middle east. Yet the alt-right policies and very aggressive and dangerous. The Radical Islamic movement, welcomes this, because they would be able to spread across the entire middle east. Bannon as the chief advisor to the President is dangerous. These experienced diplomats are correctly fearful of this ban.

Trump could be the unintentional architect of the apocalypse.

Commonsense said...

Wow, a whole 1,000 signatures out of a country of 300,000,000.

I'm impressed.

opie said...

Blogger Commonsense said...
Wow, a whole 1,000 signatures

busch won by what....500 votes out of 300 million.....even more impressive... Idiot, they all work for state which sows they have some understanding of the world, unlike you.