In the latest twist in the case of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, his attorney Sydney Powell has filed an emergency writ of mandamus to the DC Court of Appeals to remove Judge Emmet Sullivan from the case.
The writ argues that it is “clear and indisputable” that Sullivan has overstepped his powers in refusing to accept the DOJ’s withdrawal of charges against Flynn, and with his bringing in an openly partisan second judge to try to drag out the trial and make a case against Flynn that the prosecution has already dropped.
Sullivan’s defenders claim it’s not unusual for judges to seek amicus briefs to inform their legal analysis. But Powell argues that it is unprecedented for a judge, who is supposed to perform a magisterial role only, to condemn the defendant in court as Sullivan has, refuse to accept that the charges have been dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct, and attempt to keep the prosecution alive himself.
There are more details at the link. You might have to be a lawyer to understand some of it, but if you have even a rudimentary understanding of justice, then I guarantee you won’t understand it.
"NEVER LET A GOOD CRISIS GO TO WASTE" NEWS
President Trump is threatening to withhold funding from Michigan, which has morphed from a state into a dictatorship ruled with an iron hand and no logic by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, over what he calls an illegal decision to send absentee mail-in ballots to all 7.7 million voters, so they don’t risk exposure to the coronavirus next November. Trump says it was approved by a rogue Secretary of State.
Democrats, naturally, deny that vote fraud exists, but Republicans say mail-in voting is a recipe for widespread voter fraud and a permanent Democratic majority. For instance, Republicans blame ballot-harvesting for flipping several GOP Congressional seats in California. They say that when everyone gets a ballot in the mail, and nobody has to vote in person and show an ID, it’s easy to gather up unclaimed ballots or send operatives into nursing homes and other facilities to fill out ballots for people who otherwise wouldn’t vote and don’t know the candidates or issues.
There’s also the problem of trusting the Post Office with something as important as elections, as Wisconsin discovered last month…
…And a study by the federal Election Assistance Commission found that between 2012 and 2018, 28 million mail-in ballots simply went missing. The number is likely higher because some areas, like Chicago, didn’t even respond to the survey. But then, what are the odds of any Democratic voter fraud in Chicago? I’m sure that there, all voters, dead or alive, mailed in their ballots on time.
WHY JUDGES MATTER
Any Americans who have yet to figure out the importance of keeping liberal activists off of court benches are getting a harsh lesson thanks to the never-ending coronavirus lockdowns. Around the nation, citizen groups and business owners have been scoring court victories against unfair and unconstitutional executive orders that violate individual rights and are enforced like laws without the benefit of input from the people’s elected lawmaking representatives.
This happened in Oregon, where a judge declared Gov. Kate Brown’s draconian executive orders, particularly against churches, “null and void.” But then, the state Supreme Court stepped in and put a hold on that ruling. And while the people continue to suffer under her rules, the Court seems to be in no hurry to settle the issue. In Oregon, both the Governor and the Supreme Court Justices are elected. I am skeptical that they will be reelected.
And in Illinois, Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker is trying to claim emergency powers as an end-run around the US and state Constitutions, to continue his stay-at-home order for a staggering 150 days.
This comes after a recently-unearthed state Supreme Court precedent showed that he can’t continue emergency powers beyond 30 days without the approval of the legislature. Also, he can’t regulate the behavior of private citizens, only state employees he oversees.
Pritzker’s moves will undoubtedly be met with a barrage of legal challenges. I wish them good luck and Godspeed. Again, it’s a very important reminder to think very hard before you vote for a judge, or for a Governor, or for any executive who might be appointing judges.
PROOF THE DEMOCRATS WERE FIDDLING WHILE THE WORLD BURNED
A large part of what my staffers and I do with this newsletter is just the most basic job of journalism, but one which many media outlets and prominent political figures no longer bother with: research.
For instance, instead of writing about what someone says that someone said, we look up what the person actually said, in full, in the original context. That’s so simple, but you’d be amazed how few people do it. Even Joe Biden, a presumptive major party Presidential nominee, is among the countless Democrats who claim President Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax,” when he actually said the media narrative that he wasn’t taking it seriously was a hoax. To its credit, even the Washington Post debunked that bit of hooey, but it's still repeated to this day.
In fact, in the social media age, once a false political hit is in the media bloodstream, it’s like herpes: it may go dormant for a while, but it never goes away completely, and it always keeps coming back. It can be thoroughly debunked and disappear from mainstream outlets, but within a month or so, it’s already getting resurrected on Facebook and Twitter.
That brings me to this terrific piece by Matt Margolis at PJMedia.com.
One of the most persistent and pernicious fake narratives, as noted above, is the lie that Trump didn’t take the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus seriously, that, as Nancy Pelosi put it, he fiddled while people were dying. If only the brilliant, compassionate, science-embracing Democrats had been in charge, everything would have been different (I believe it would have, but that certainly doesn’t mean it would’ve been better; quite the opposite.) The media love to repeat this canard, because, again as noted above, they have not only become allergic to research, they seem to have the longterm memory of a fruit fly.
Margolis goes all the way back to December 31, 2019, and the very first public notice of a new virus arising (in CHINA.) He then moves forward, day-by-day, giving us a timeline of what the Trump Administration was doing on each day (the CDC began taking action the very next day), and what Trump’s critics were doing over the next few months, up through March 13.
You might be stunned to learn how much was going on behind the scenes because it was barely reported at the time. The media were too busy obsessing over what the Democrats were doing, which was mostly trying to impeach Trump and celebrating impeachment by handing out commemorative pens. Margolis leaves out their other famous actions, such as accusing Trump of racism for banning travel from China and urging people to ignore the warnings and go out to public events in San Francisco (Pelosi) and New York City (Bill DeBlasio), etc.
This article proves that while Trump’s critics (who want you to replace him with them) really were fiddling while the virus burned around the world, his Administration was taking serious actions every day from the very beginning, sometimes multiple actions in a single day. This is a genuinely well-researched piece that you will want to bookmark, share and refer back to often. It’s also the perfect remedy to post wherever you see an outbreak of the “Trump did nothing about the coronavirus!” herpes.
WE CAN GET BACK TO WORK AND ALSO BE SAFE
While it’s important that Americans get back to work, it’s also vital that we do everything we can to avoid getting the coronavirus. It’s not just a slightly worse version of the flu. It not only can be lethal to those in high risk groups, but even for some healthy people, it can be devastating. Check out this report from a male nurse who contracted it. During a six-week hospital stay, he went from being an incredibly healthy, 190-pound bodybuilder to 140 pounds and so weak, he could barely lift his cellphone.
If you’re getting lax on following the guidelines for avoiding contracting it, the before-and-after photos alone may scare you back into compliance.
FROM THE "PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T FIRE OFF SHOTGUNS" DESK
From the “People in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Fire Off Shotguns” desk: A Joe Biden aide questioned whether President Trump is “playing with a full deck” after he fumbled TulsI Gabbard’s first name. I probably wouldn’t consider that argument to be my ace in the hole, if I were him.
"I'M NOT A JOURNALIST, BUT I PLAY ONE ON TV
“I’m Not a Journalist, But I Play One On TV”: Watch video of a CNN reporter scolding President Trump for not wearing a facemask at a White House press conference, then taking hers off as soon as she thinks the cameras are off. Why, it’s as if it’s all just “Outrage Theater.”