Mitch McConnell – Greatest Obstructionist in Congressional history, law breaker

Mitch Mcconnell, obstructionist

An Examination of the Ethics of Mitch McConnell

On December 8th, 2010,  at the Heritage foundation, then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his #1 priority was to make President Obama a one term president. An admission of intent to use his powers as Senate Minority leader to obstruct the works of the United States Government.

True to at least these words, since he has been Senate Majority leader, he has helped to set the records for lowest productivity Congresses, most filibusters,  usurped the powers of the Presidency to appoint the Judiciary, obstruction of government activities purely for political gain, a form of bribery, engaged in theft of honest government services,conspiracy to defraud the United States,and may have taken actual monetary bribes for his devotion to illegal action, or perhaps inaction is more accurate. His role as full on Obstructionist is the greatest in living memory and probably of all time- only Newt Gingrich may deserve more credit, and as we see later, the Newt Congresses were the only rivals for futility of Congress- hardly the most functional of bodies before these two infamous individuals.

The only point of principle, worthy of mention, is he doesn’t take the Congressional Obamacare fee waiver.

McConnell’s Money

McConnell’s average wealth of $22.8 million puts him well above the Senate average. Oddly, however, before 2008 McConnell was well below the Senate average. In 2004, his average net worth was $3.1 million, compared to a Senate average of $14.5 million.

That’s almost a seven fold increase in 10 years. McConnell has quadrupled his net worth since 2007, when it was $7.8 million.

So what happened in 2008? His financial disclosure form tells the story—suddenly there appeared a tax-exempt money market fund, valued at between $5 million and $25 million, listed as a “gift from a filer’s relative.” (Look at Line 2 and then Line 3.)

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2014/05/22/how-did-mitch-mcconnells-net-worth-soar/?utm_term=.51671e1bdc3c

Filibusters

Mitch McConnell filibusters obstruction of government

What is happening here- 50 sounds like too many filibusters. 307 is civil war without the pistols. The asterisk shows that 307 does not include Obama’s final 3 years in office, meaning it is not a full picture- though the Democrats lost the Senate in year 4.

Judiciary Nominees

  1. 68 individual nominees blocked in the history of the Senate

79 individual court nominees blocked under Obama

According to Politifact 68 individual nominees blocked prior to Obama taking office and 79 (so far) during Obama’s term, for a total of 147.”

This does not  to my knowledge include the Blue Slip process, officially, but should be.

 Garland Nomination and the Obstruction of Governmental Processes for Political Advantage

 

The shall language in Article II   Section 2  Paragraph 2 is very important

The pronoun “he” refers to the any current serving president at the time that a vacancy occurs on the US Supreme Court.

He shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court,”

makes the job of advising and consenting to Judges of the Supreme Court mandatory when a vacancy occurs under a sitting president.  The US Senate is not given and does not have the right to refuse hearings and refuse an up or down vote of a quorum of the Senate on whether the sitting president’s choice of a nominee, in this case President Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland, can be obstructed by refusing to have hearings and an up or down vote of a quorum of Senators.

The “shall nominate” and “shall appoint” language make at least a floor vote on the nominee Merrick Garland mandatory as a duty all Senators when a quorum of Senators can be convened.

The shall nominate means the president must nominate a judge or judges to fill any vacancy on the supreme court when such vacancy occurs during the president’s term in office.

The shall appoint language modifies the “by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate” phrase and is a prepositional phrase that is an adverbial clause. This adverbial clause modifies the “shall appoint” language and makes the work of the Senate mandatory to advise and consent to any nominee for supreme Court judge. If the Senate were allowed to deny hearings and or deny an up or down vote on Presidential nominees to the Supreme Court, the term “by and with the advice and consent” would be prefaced with the helper verb “may”, that is the Senate may advice and consent. In that case however the advice and consent of the Senate to give advice and consent to the president’s chosen appointment Merrick Garland, would not even be necessary. That is then with the verb “may” added “may give advice and consent” the confirmation hearings and the up or down floor vote would not be needed for the president to make the appointment.

The argument has been used that the Constitution does not contain time constraints. While this is silly on it’s face- it does not matter- shall implies must do, and if there was a delay, and then a vote, this would be a little less egregious, see next paragraph.  Instead, the Senate refused to do a Constitutionally mandated duty, exposing themselves to several criminal charges from civil rights deprivation 18 USC 241 and 242, Theft of Honest Government Services, Bribery, and Obstruction of Justice.

The appropriate measure then, would be to look at the previous history of judicial nominations and their times to confirmations, and in this case, the time from nomination to confirmation for Neil Gorsuch. If there is a significant difference- it is fairly clear that they altered normal time frames for their own political gain.

 

Thus the Senate failed to do it’s Constitutional duty in order to get a Supreme Court pick it did not have in order to keep it. Gorsuch must be removed and the Supreme Court pick reverts back to Obama, because of the illegal actions of the Senators.

 

The Garland thing was the tip of the iceberg, as McConnell filibustered 300 times in less than 4 years, including 69 judges(approx) more than in the entire previous 230 years forcing Reid to use the Nuclear Option.

69 judges? They held up the workings of the system, so they could get their people in, for years. Everyone working harder, less justice, because there were less justices, to do the job.

Obstruction of government by government
Mitch McConnell’s record low productivity, only approached by one other- Newt Gingrich

 

After 300 filibusters, and a year without Judiciary hearings, McConnell nukes the filibuster and says getting judges on is of the first priority.In a Country that’s bloodiest war was called Civil, this sort of underhanded

unConstitutional grinding the gears of the machine because you didn’t win was just too unthinkable until this McConnell “leadership” of Senate.

https://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/mitch-mcconnell-antonin-scalia-supreme-court-nomination-219248

 

18 U.S. Code § 241 – Conspiracy against rights

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

 

 

18 U.S. Code § 1346 – Definition of “scheme or artifice to defraud”

ribery is the act of giving money, goods or other forms of recompense to a recipient in exchange for an alteration of their behavior (to the benefit/interest of the giver) that the recipient would otherwise not alter. Bribery is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.[1] Alcohol money case is a real-life example of bribery.

Gifts of money or other items of value which are otherwise available to everyone on an equivalent basis, and not for dishonest purposes, is not bribery. Offering a discount or a refund to all purchasers is a legal rebate and is not bribery. For example, it is legal for an employee of a Public Utilities Commission involved in electric rate regulation to accept a rebate on electric service that reduces their cost for electricity, when the rebate is available to other residential electric customers. Giving the rebate to influence them to look favorably on the electric utility’s rate increase applications, however, would be considered bribery.

The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient’s conduct. It may be money, goods, rights in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, objects of value, advantage, or merely a promise to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.[2]

In economics, the bribe has been described as rent. Bribery in bureaucracy has been viewed as a reason for the higher cost of production of goods and services.

 

923. 18 U.S.C. § 371—Conspiracy to Defraud the United States

The general conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. § 371, creates an offense “[i]f two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose. (emphasis added). See Project, Tenth Annual Survey of White Collar Crime, 32 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 137, 379-406 (1995)(generally discussing § 371).

The operative language is the so-called “defraud clause,” that prohibits conspiracies to defraud the United States. This clause creates a separate offense from the “offense clause” in Section 371. Both offenses require the traditional elements of Section 371 conspiracy, including an illegal agreement, criminal intent, and proof of an overt act.

Although this language is very broad, cases rely heavily on the definition of “defraud” provided by the Supreme Court in two early cases, Hass v. Henkel, 216 U.S. 462 (1910), and Hammerschmidt v. United States, 265 U.S. 182 (1924). In Hass the Court stated:

The statute is broad enough in its terms to include any conspiracy for the purpose of impairing, obstructing or defeating the lawful function of any department of government . . . (A)ny conspiracy which is calculated to obstruct or impair its efficiency and destroy the value of its operation and reports as fair, impartial and reasonably accurate, would be to defraud the United States by depriving it of its lawful right and duty of promulgating or diffusing the information so officially acquired in the way and at the time required by law or departmental regulation.

Hass, 216 U.S. at 479-480. In Hammerschmidt, Chief Justice Taft, defined “defraud” as follows:

To conspire to defraud the United States means primarily to cheat the Government out of property or money, but it also means to interfere with or obstruct one of its lawful governmental functions by deceit, craft or trickery, or at least by means that are dishonest. It is not necessary that the Government shall be subjected to property or pecuniary loss by the fraud, but only that its legitimate official action and purpose shall be defeated by misrepresentation, chicane or the overreaching of those charged with carrying out the governmental intention.

18 U.S. Code § 1505 – Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—

Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

 

2016 Presidential Election Irregularities – Just Facts

2016 Presidential Election Irregularities

 

The Facts

 

  1. In 2016 a remarkably close election culminated in a surprise upset in the Presidential elections-substantially outpacing polls in swing states- a red flag in international election monitoring.

 

  1. The win was from 4 key swing states- amounted to less than 107,000 votes, out of 108,000,000 votes cast or .01% of the total, and ranging from .25% – 1% of the swing states.

 

  1.  Ms. Clinton- the popular vote winner by a large margin, nearly 3 million votes, lost by a significant margin in the electoral college.

 

  1. The electoral college significantly dilutes the vote of people who live in larger states, which allows 62 >65 million–equal representation under the law?

 

  1. 40+ electors appear to have been unqualified because they were either:

a.) State employees in states which bar them from holding two or more representative positions,

 

b.) from outside of the districts they claimed to represent.

 

If upheld, this would leave no candidate with the necessary 270 Electoral votes to be President.

 

  1. Congress under VP Joseph Biden refused to hear objections made by Representatives- the process requires both House Reps and Senators to challenge.

 

7.In 2016, the Republican party, and all agents and agencies in it’s sphere, were under a consent decree- a court monitored settlement which restricted any ballot security initiative- defined as compiling voter challenge lists to remove voters from the rolls or attempts to combat voter fraud without court preclearance.

 

  1. The Republican Party has never requested court preclearance.

 

  1. The RNC has been found to violate the consent decree, by the courts specifically 3 times, after the initial violations of Federal law that lead to the consent decree.

 

  1. Kris Kobach of Kansas, a Republican party agent, rebuked by state and federal judge alike for attempting to illegally remove qualified voters under the NVRA  is pending the application of a contempt of court charge for refusing a court order to put back on voter rolls voters he had taken off.

 

  1. Was the creator of the Interstate Crosscheck program, which matches first and last names- sometimes birthdays, and flags people with the same names across states as double voters.

 

  1. There are 7.2 million names(equivalent to 3% of the US population) on this list of possible “double voters”.7.2 million names under suspicion of a felony with the b evidence being similar names in different states.

 

  1. Virginia purged 1/7th of their list based on Crosscheck.

 

  1. If the rest of the 28 states followed suit-1 million people would have been purged.

 

  1. For 2 examples, 450,000 voters on the Crosscheck list in Michigan- a surprise win for Mr. Trump by 13,000 votes- 590,000 on the North Carolina list- a win by 177,000 votes.

 

 

  1. 42 USC 1971- a racial discrimination statute which gives the Attorney General the ability order a .patterns and practices investigation was not initiate d,  2  cases nationally were found to have the requisite high bar of discriminatory intent,

 

  1. A post-election study by Priorities USA, a Democratic super-PAC that supported Clinton, found that in 2016, turnout decreased by 1.7 percent in three states that adopted stricter voter ID laws but increased by 1.3 percent in states where ID laws did not change. Wisconsin’s turnout dropped 3.3 percent. If Wisconsin had seen the same turnout increase as states whose laws stayed the same, “we estimate that over 200,000 more voters would have voted in Wisconsin in 2016.”

 

  1. From the Wisconsin recount report. “In a few precincts, vote totals were altered by more than 20%. In 646 of the state’s 3,500 precincts vote totals were changed by more than 1%–four times the margin currently in Wisconsin law that would allow a candidate to seek a free recount.”

 

  1. There are 11 million citizens who were ineligible for federal voting in the United States in 2016.

 

  1. 4 million ( > 75% minority, 1.2% of the US population) of the American population in Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands because Congress has not either granted statehood or other method of apportioning in millions of American citizens have no federal representation under the law, for decades.

 

  1. Puerto Ricans voted for US statehood in 2016.

 

  1. Given the history of Baker v Carr, Wesberry v Sanders, and Reynolds v Sims, it could be said that the de facto role of the Courts is to initiate apportionment shifts; as legislatures exhibit an unlawful but predictable tendency to refuse to do so to maintain their own power and status quo.

 

  1. Since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, there were decisions in several states against the Republican party that would have had discriminatory effect- 2 were found to have met the much higher legal bar of discriminatory intent to suppress the votes of minorities.
  2. these decisions were for voter id laws- and were promoted as ballot security intiatives to prevent voter fraud, which the Republican party had

 

  1. 6 million Americans- (2.47% of the US Voting age Population) are unable to vote because they have been disenfranchised by their states due to prison time.

 

  1. 14-2 Amendment apportionment correction has never been addressed, nor the common interpretation examined- as it was enacted during reconstruction to prevent southern states from disenfranchising black voters- that it now actually disenfranchises more black voters than freed slave voters at the time it was enacted, requires review..

 

 

Rosenstein, Trump and not just Russia rigged the election

A picture of Rod Rosenstein the AG for 2016 election stuff

Crazy news day.

Trump moving to fire Rosenstein. Dunno why or how either in this instance or under Nixon, the President Constitutionally wouldn’t have the power to do so. Hardly seems that applies in this present structure. The advice not to- still holds-  because the current momentum is too great to get the whole shebang back under wraps through firings. Millions of people know what is going on and are pretty worked up about it. It would be throwing gasoline on a fire.

The Russia investigation is Constitutional- it is really the sort of emoluments step- that should be taken on becoming a Presidential candidate- as expensive as that might be- financial transactions at that level are going to be numerous, and Trump transacted a lot of business with foreign countries.

Stormy Daniels and his transgressions with her- are really small potatoes- the campaign finance violations are major thing- and it brought down a Presidential candidate, John Edwards in 2004 or so. It also looks like they knowingly masked the transactions to avoid the attention to it.

The election itself was defective, from jump, and while the Russia portion is a part of it – the real story is in the pattern of actions over time, by the RNC.

The overall thing is, it can procedurally be shown that the difference in the election- amounting to 107,000 votes in unexpected wins over 4 states- .01% of the vote total- would be dwarfed by the sheer scale of the illegal state and near state interference in the election- the RNC, at least a million.

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The Electoral College election- the “real election” featured 50 unqualified electors- many states require that state officials *** cannot *** be electors- because it’s holding two offices, or must be from their specific districts. It seems super technical- but the electoral college is. If you use a faked birth certificate to get a drivers license- you don’t get to keep it and drive. Or, if it requires driver school certification that is faked- the license will be revoked. While this could be considered a smaller violation that would be let pass under most circumstances, the defect certainly allows and perhaps requires a closer look at the underlying processes.

https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=788otalK

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The RNC was under consent decree- a court ordered agreement with the DNC – to stay away from ballot security initiatives- for almost 30 years- because of how many felonies the RNC committed in New Jersey in 1982 Gubernatorial election. Further this was a sweeping decree in which the RNC agreed not only as an organization, but to prevent members, state parties, and related entities from engaging in these activities.

They were found, in court, to have violated those consent decree

In 1987, 1990, and 2004. In 2008 the Courts found no violation, though the facts seem to suggest otherwise.

As these are felony violations, the RNC could be considered a hardened criminal, especially since the Courts say corporations are people.

The term “ballot security” is defined in the 2009 modification as follows: (3) . . . any program aimed at combatting voter fraud by preventing potential voters from registering to vote or casting a ballot. Such programs include, but are not limited to,6 the compilation of voter challenge lists by use of mailing or reviewing databases maintained by state agencies such as motor vehicle records, social security records, change of address forms, and voter lists assembled pursuant to the HAVA7;

Essentially- because Republicans have been found to be suppressing the votes of minorities- felony Constitutional violations, multiple times, they are forbidden from making decisions that would stop people from voting, or anything that would involve making sure that voter registration was accurate, or the polls were more secure, because they could not be trusted to do so without racial discrimination

Then they passed Voter ID laws in 14 states to improve the ballot security, and started a program called CrossCheck, which ended up with more than 98 million records- identifying 7.2 million of them as ‘double voters”- potential felons- because first and last names matched up in different states- recommending that people be purged in both states.

These laws were found in two different states- to have been passed with racially discriminatory intent.

 

 

Amtrak Gross Negligence log

What follows is a clear demonstration of gross negligence, part of an ongoing lawsuit against Amtrak. We use the criminal statute 18 USC 1512 as a guideline- any attempt to delay, or obfuscate evidence, or a proceeding

Prior to this I had asked two officers to assist me- they refused to talk to me, told me to go away because it was none of their concern that property had been lost or stolen in their building.  The third person, agreed to walk to the area with me, and after specifically asking, will you take a report, agreed to do so. He also, told me that the cameras were down and not working. When I asked him how long they had been down and if he thought that would be a national security issue- his story changed, slightly he said they had no access to the cameras.

It was at that point that I decided to start recording the interactions.

The primary purpose of this video is to demonstrate that indeed, the questions about the video camera were going on at the time.- which he refuses to answer, likely being aware that he was being recorded.

I’m a little less cooperative than I would be otherwise, after 2 of his compatriots told me to buzz off in as many words, and either being lied to about the cameras, or in a place where people have fundamentally failed to adopt basic security measures, like accessible camera footage, but having 4 officers- training, equipment, benefits annually that would be no less than $500,000 dollars a year, but neither have cameras operating, nor the time at 6 am on a Sunday to help with a crime. committed within their 40,000 square feet of Jurisdiction

Officer misconduct felony: Obstruction of Justice

 

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1512

After completing the report, I took a walk around the station- just to see if I could find somebody who knew something, and a man was looking at my computer.

There’s 3 people around the individual with my computer, who admits it is mine and offers to sell it back to me.

There are less than 50 people in the station at this time, and later, I come to find out that this individual is a regular there, and has priors for theft, in that station.

 

Gross Negligence

Officer misconduct felony: Misprision of a felony

Officer misconduct felony: Accessory after the fact

 

After leaving the area where these people with my property are, I attempt deliver the previous video – along with the telephone number of the person with my computer to the police. They refuse, to take any information, the evidence of a crime- and seem to know a lot about me, the incident, but unwilling to talk about it. Several questionable statements are said – There is no crime until a report is entered? I just checked the system- (he is clearly not at any terminal. ) He cannot take any more information until the report shows up in the system? The commitment of the Amtrak police to a paperless office and related environmental concerns is admirable, but somewhat misguided in this instance. The officer in the first video- writes in a notebook.

Not shown, is my telling the officers that I have just ran into people who had my computer, that I have relevant details to the case

 

 

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1512

(b)Whoever ” “or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to—

(1)

influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding;

(2)cause or induce any person to—

(A)

“”withhold a record, document, or other object, from an official proceeding;

(B)

“” conceal an object “”availability for use in an official proceeding;
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1519
18 U.S. Code § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
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Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.