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House Judiciary Goodlatte & Gowdy a portrait of Servile Ineptitude

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Posted on November 26 2018

 

Apologies for the extended break. Sometimes when I’m researching a topic the hours turn to days but the days rarely turn to weeks. Over the course of the immediate mid-term election, I narrowly focused on the House Financial Services potential investigations, specifically Trump & Deutsche Bank.

Today I think we should discuss what might be in store for the Trump Administration via the House Judiciary Committee. Granted January 3, 2019 seems like a life time away, given how Trump careens from one scandal to the next. 

Happy Thanksgiving here’s your subpoena 

 

While you and I were enjoying our Thanksgiving Rep Goodlatte (I actually have nothing nice or remotely constructive to say about this Trump sycophant) decoded to literally toss a stink bomb out the door.

 

 

Goodlatte as the Chaurman has subpoena power so being the good liddl’ Trump solider Goodlatte issued two subpoenas:

 

Former FBI Director Comey Subpoena found here

Former Attorney General Lynch Subpoena found here.

 

House Judiciary and Oversight Committees for a deposition for Mr. Comey on December 3, 2018 at 10:00a.m., and Ms. Lynch on December 4, 2018 at 10:00a.m., as part of the Committees’ joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016. The Committees have repeatedly requested to interview Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch respectively regarding their roles in certain decisions, but they have yet to voluntarily appear.

 

 

 

None of Goodlatte’s obsequious actions should surprise you, yet in retrospect (now that Trump fired Attorney General Sessions and placed in Matt Whitaker) this May 2018 Bloomberg Interview where Rep Goodlatte essentially regurgitated Trump & Whitaker’s previous proclamations, “we need a second Special Counsel to Investigate the FBI”  

 

The irnory is just a mere 4 days before Special Counsel Mueller’s Office unsealed Manafort,Gates and Papadopoulos Indictments and Criminal Complaints, Rep Goodlatte issued the following on October 24, 2018 Statement 

 

Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) released the following statement after opening a joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016.

 

Oddly there is one “issue” I find myself in agreement with Goodlatte and Gowdy, who further detailed in their statement:

*FBI’s decision to publicly announce the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified information but not to publicly announce the investigation into campaign associates of then-candidate Donald Trump; (emphasis added)

FBI’s decision to notify Congress by formal letter of the status of the investigation both in October and November of 2016;

FBI’s decision to appropriate full decision making in respect to charging or not charging Secretary Clinton to the FBI rather than the DOJ;

FBI’s timeline in respect to charging decisions.

 

*this isn’t about re-litigating the 2016 Presidential Election. From an intellectually honest standpoint I still do NOT understand why the American Electorate didn’t know Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign was under an Active Criminal and Counterintelligence Investigation circa July 2016. Perhaps if we knew the election would have gone the other way.

See the March 2018 letter co-signed by Goodlatte & Gowdy, which reads in part:

Chairmen Goodlatte and Gowdy request the appointment of a Special Counsel to review evidence of bias by any employee or agent of the DOJ, FBI, or other agencies; the decisions to charge or not charge and whether those decisions were made consistent with the applicable facts, the applicable law, and traditional investigative and prosecutorial policies and procedures; and whether the FISA process employed in the fall of 2016 and continuing into 2017 was lawful and pursuant to all relevant policies and procedures.

 

The brutal reality is this: Trump AND Clinton were under investigation, we ONLY knew about Clinton. Again I’m not trying to blame then FBI Director Comey, I think he tried his best but ultimately suffered the fate of being human, thus we all make mistakes. The reality is Comey’s actions should be scrutinized. For no other reason than from learning from our mistakes. In some respects what the House GOP Committee Chairman attempted to do, as in shining sunlight should be lauded but then things went completely off the rails and crashed into the craven Trump Swamp of Corruption. The issue is both Goodlatte & Gowdy went running to Trump-State-Run-Media colloquially known as “Fox News” (the “news” is actually arguable given the overt bias and amplification of Trump’s disinformation, it inhales swiftly that Fox/Trump News is in fact using Russian Active Measure techniques to further divide us, thus making Putin exponentially ecstatic)

Goodlatte & Gowdy bestest tag-team - NYET

 

Seriously?!? Shortly thereafter did you notice how the House GOP leadership stopped having Open Hearings? It’s almost as if Trump called the GOP leadership and screamed (full disclosure I doubt Trump said this but for some reason it plays on infinite loop in my head since October 2017):

 

“OMFG do NOT have anymore Open Hearings because it will only further educate the American people and it will totally make me look guilty.” 

 

Setting aside the Goodlatte & Gowdy wonder-twin powers of WTFINGF ineptitude, it should be noted how many hearings do you think Goodlatte or Gowdy gaveled in regarding:

Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy

Trump’s LGBTQ Twitter DOD policy

Trump’s lack of his basic duty as Commander in Chief

None, Zero, not one...because the reality is these two sycophants really do not care one iota about Trump’s unlawful and needlessly cruel policies, I think deep down inside they actually love what Trump has done...whereas the vast majority of Americans are horrified by this incomprehensible incompetent administration. When internal Government Watchdog groups publish report after report of the many failures, disregard for numerous Court Orders, the lies upon lies,  the lack of forethought in developing & executing drastic public policies that Trump tweets, you’d think maybe Goodlatte and/or Gowdy would do their goddamn job as in Oversight. But Nope, Clinton’s emails, the deep state blah blah blah... meanwhile our government has likely done irreparable harm to hundreds of Unaccompanied Minors  particularly those of “tender age” 

 

 

Conversely the House Judiciary Committee Democrats have (as detailed in their November 20, 2018 letter, see link at the bottom of this entry) built up a robust paper trail so when the 116th Congress is gaveled in the House Democrats won’t hit the ground running, they will hit the ground with their after burners on. And frankly I’m incredibly excited because the past 22+ months has been a daily war on the truth and facts. With Trump and his obsequious House Republicans doing everything within their power to bury the truth and facts and then wasting tax payers runs by obsessing over Sec Clinton’s emails. 

 

October 26, 2017 letter from Ranking Member Conyers and Representative Zoe Lofgren to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine C. Duke, expressing concern regarding the detention of a 10-year-old child with cerebral palsy., letter found here

 

February 8, 2018 letter from 75 Members to Secretary Nielsen, expressing concern with DHS’s practice of separating immigrant families, both in the United States and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Link to letter found here. Democrat Lawmakers unequivocally stated:

“We are deeply concerned and disturbed by reports that the practice of separating families is increasing...Separating children from their parents is unconscionable and contradicts the most basic of American family values."

 

June 1, 2018 letter from all Committee Democrats to Secretary Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding answers about DHS’s treatment of refugees and immigrants along the southern border of the United States, including the dramatic increase in family separations caused by the “zero tolerance” policy.

June 7, 2018 letter: Reps Jayapal, Thompson and Lofgren Lead 108 Lawmakers Urging Appropriators to Stop DHS from Separating Families.

June 8, 2018 letter led by Representative Luis Gutiérrez and Representative Pramila   Jayapal to Secretary Nielsen, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary Azar, opposing the Administration’s new policy of prosecuting asylum seekers and asking for information regarding the holding of children separated from their families due to this prosecution.

A June 13, 2018 letter from Representative Sheila Jackson Lee to Secretary Nielsen, voicing opposition to the Department’s plan to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter unaccompanied migrant children.

A June 20, 2018 letter from 54 Members to Secretary Azar and Secretary Nielsen, demanding information on the location of unaccompanied minor immigrant girls who have been separated from their parents.

June 26, 2018 letter led by Representative Tony Cárdenas, requesting additional information about the substantial increase in the number of children placed into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

A June 28, 2018 letter led by Representative Suzanne Bonamici to Attorney General Sessions, Secretary Nielsen, and Secretary Azar, requesting information on the Administration’s plan for reuniting families that were separated at the border.

July 13, 2018 letter from Rep Spier to Secretary Azar on the use of DNA testing on children by HHS to reunite separated families.

A June 20, 2018 letter from the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform to Secretary Nielsen requesting information regarding the status and treatment of pregnant women help in ICE and CBP custody

A June 26, 2018 letter from Ranking Member Nadler and Representative Lofgren to Attorney General Sessions, Secretary Nielsen, and Secretary Azar, seeking additional information about the Administration’s policies and progress in regards to the number of children who have been separated from their parents at the border. See pages 7& 8 for  USCIS’ Response

June 29, 2018 letter from Ranking Member Nadler to president Trump, vociferously objecting to Trump’s “cruel and inhuman Zero Tolerance policy.

 Welcome to your personal hell Donald...

...its called Government Oversight

 

Just before Congress went in to it’s a Thanksgiving Recess (they will be back in DC tomorrow) ranking Member Rep Nadler fired off this exquisite letter. A lovely preemptive notification that under the House Judiciary Leadership effective January 3, 2019 the House Democrats will launch a full on investigation into Donald Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy. The presumptive and esteeemed Chairman (to be) laid it all out and it is glorious:

 

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen notifying them that the Committee will be conducting long-overdue oversight concerning the Administration’s family separation and migrant detention policy, and of his expectation that their respective departments will respond to the backlog of unanswered questions and requests that Members have made.

  

The Administration has been inconsistent in public statements on these issues, and multiple reports indicate that White House advisors refused to consult with government officials during the formulation, implementation, and execution of the "zero tolerance" policy.  Ranking Member Nadler has indicated that in the next Congress, the House Judiciary Committee will examine the Administration’s immigration and detention policies, the status of separated children and parents, and the longstanding damage these policies may have had on families detained by the U.S. government.

 

 

...this Committee will examine the Administration’s immigration and detention policies and the longstanding damage these policies may have had on families and children in your custody.  To this end, I ask that you provide a complete response to each of the letters on these subjects sent to you by some or all of the Members of the House Judiciary Committee...

And yes I know some of you are truly sick of me constantly referencing Congressional letters but they do in fact serve multiple purposes. That said if you don’t think the House GOP and Trump are not going to go silently in to the good night here’s a general reminder:

 

Violence Against Woman’s Act runs out of funding on December 7, 2018

 

 

To add further insult to injury in a few short days funding for DHS literally runs out. Meanwhile Trump is raging on Twitter about Mueller, shutting down the Border and not a single word about Russia and Ukraine. One certainly has to wonder, do the House Republicans have any idea that they are forever ruined. That they have hitched their wagon to a morally & ethically bereft con-man who’s literally willing to burn the Congress down. Or at the minimum shut the Government down over his stupid bleeping wall. No really the 

 

 

So as petty as this sounds heck yes imma gonna say it:

GOOD RIDDANCE Goodlatte and Gowdy.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Also Trey you all but torched your chance to be the Attorney General when you sent this letter. Sorry Trey...he’s just not that in to you. You didn’t fully protect your keeper.

 

 

-Spicy Out 

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