Russia, porn stars, golden showers and now war; Trump distractions grow

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Under the orders of President Trump, combined military forces of the U.S. joined Great Britain and France in launching a major attack on Syria and the regime of Bashir-as Assad. It is being reported that multiple military targets were struck across the country.

President Trump addressed the nation shortly after 9 p.m. to announce that military action was underway. Trump blamed the recent chemical attack on Syrian civilians as a reason for the military strikes. Earlier this week Trump shocked the global diplomatic community with a tweet that read:

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

In response, Russia blamed great Britain for staging the attack which killed dozens and promised that it would attack any weapons platform or position that originated the attack. The chances are extremely high that the U.S. and Russia could come into direct military conflict with each other.

Last April 2017, Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airfield after troops backed by President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons. It was during this time the investigation began against Trump, his associates and the president’s ties to Russia through his business. Now almost a year later, once again Trump is placed in a position of ordering a military strike at a time when special prosecutor Robert Mueller issued orders to raid the office of Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. The Department of Justice confirmed that Cohen is the target of a criminal investigation.

From the very first day Trump took office, he was in Constitutional hot water and he has been boiling toward impeachment. There are now ample grounds for the possible impeachment of President Trump based on the following:

When taking the Presidential Oath of Office, a president promises to “faithfully execute the laws and the Constitution”-Article 2, Section 2

Trump is unfaithfully executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of undertaking an illegal and impeachable act. Trump accused Obama, with zero evidence to support his allegation, of illegally wiretapping his offices at Trump Towers in New York City.

Article 1, section 9 of the US Constitution – The Emoluments Clause

Forbids government officials from taking things of value from a foreign government. This is known as the “emoluments clause” and on day one of his presidency, Trump was in violation. Because of his considerable business holdings that include Trump International Hotels, the president is gaining significant income. It has been widely reported that foreign delegations have changed their accommodations to stay at Trump-branded hotels. In addition, recent decisions by the Chinese government to grant trademark and licensing permits to Trump brands have a direct correlation to decisions and policies made by Trump toward China.

First Amendment – The Establishment Clause

This amendment bars any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Trump’s ban on travel to the United States from six Muslim countries violates this provision.

First Amendment – Abridging the “freedom of the press”

The First Amendment also provides protection of the press as a tenet of US democracy. However, President Trump has labeled the press as “The enemy of the people” and bars media outlets from news conferences unless they give him favorable coverage, thus violating the first amendment.

Article 3 Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution – ‘Treason’ and ‘High crimes and Misdemeanors’

This provision defines treason against the United States as “Adhering to their enemies giving them aid and comfort.” The investigation into what role the Russian government played in the 2016 election is uncovering disturbing evidence of collusion. This week, a special counsel was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in part because of the “unique circumstances of this matter.”

Despite all of these grounds for impeachment, it is up to the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump. It is a move that is highly unlikely until after the 2018 midterm election, which has the potential to flip every seat in the House.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

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