‘Not Fair’ Screams Trump After Stinging 7-2 SCOTUS Defeat, Perceived Betrayal By Gorsuch and Kavanaugh

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If I had to bet, I’d say chairs and coffee pots started flying in the White House today after the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to allow Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance to obtain Donald Trump’s financial records. The court also voted that House Democrats’ efforts to obtain same be remanded to a lower court. And the explosion on Twitter following the rulings was as predictable as thunder following lightning.

Predictably, the three-year-old in the Oval Office kicked over his blocks and launched a Tweet storm into the ethernet.

NOT FAIR!!! NOT FAIR!!! WAAAAAAAAAA!!! (stomps feet and smashes glass) And he was just warming up.

NO ‘JUSTICE’!!!! NO NOTHING!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! (hurls paperweight, lies on floor, turning red and kicking, while Ivanka calls White House doctor)

WAAAAAAAA!!! They were SPYING!!! They sent spies!!! WAAAAA!!! And the spies GOT CAUGHT and nobody spanked them!!!! WAAAAAA!!! i want Obama and Biden spanked!!!! Right now!!!!

NOT ME!!!!! WHAT ABOUT ME!!!! IT’S ALL ABOUT MEEEEEE!!!! (pounds fists on floor, while sweat pours off him)

(doctor administers Thorazine as Trump turns purple)

Snark or not, I don’t think the foregoing is too far afield from what really goes on day to day in the White House.

The rulings can be viewed in a glass half empty, glass half full light. On the good side, and this is why Little Donnie is losing his mind, he’s not off the hook. The legal fight is still alive, and Trump depended upon Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to shut it down, and they did not. The big picture is that a president is not immune from investigation and Trump can scream PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT! until his tonsils explode, but nothing is going to change the fact that his reckoning with justice is still going on. That’s the glass half full.

John Roberts said, “The president is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need.” And Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan D.A. said,  “a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one — not even a president — is above the law.”

The glass half empty is that Trump’s records will not be made available before the election. And it may be darker than that. Trump biographer David Cay Johnson sees today’s rulings as part of a disturbing pattern. Raw Story:

The pattern: Once again under Chief Justice John Roberts the Supreme Court has weakened law enforcement when it comes to elected officials.

Four years ago the court, in a Roberts opinion, tightly narrowed the grounds on which politicians can be prosecuted in graft cases, dismissing the conviction of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on bribery charges. In May the court unanimously dismissed all felony convictions in the New Jersey Bridgegate case, creating a much wider highway for corrupt conduct and abuse of office.

All of these cases involved corrupt Republican office holders and aides.

Under Roberts the Supreme Court has essentially legalized bribery and other misconduct by public officials unless some party explicitly states that their intent is criminal. In essence unless prosecutors can show someone was so stupid as to say “I’m giving you this cash and in return you will do this specific thing for me” there is no crime in the view of the Roberts court.

The delays the court ordered for further procedural gearings stand in sharp contrast to the 1974 unanimous decision that President Richard Nixon had to immediately turn over his secret Oval Office tapes to Watergate prosecutors. Nixon resigned days later knowing the tapes would provide irrefutable evidence of his criminal conduct.

This argument is meritorious, certainly. And it doesn’t bode well for future cases of corruption and that is a warning sign blinking in red. However, while it would have been great to see the tax returns immediately like we got the Watergate tapes, and that is a loss, at least we have the satisfaction of knowing that eventually Trump is going to have to pay the piper. And he knows it too, or he wouldn’t be losing it on Twitter this morning. That is a victory. And the icing on the cake is that Trump naively thought that “his boys,” his five conservatives, would twist and mangle the law any which way, just to keep him happy and in office. Disillusionment is a dish best served with lots of sugar. It’s very bitter. And it makes the schadenfreude that much more sweet.

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5 Comments on "‘Not Fair’ Screams Trump After Stinging 7-2 SCOTUS Defeat, Perceived Betrayal By Gorsuch and Kavanaugh"

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Mary
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Someone needs to change the IMPOTUS’ diapers again… what is that, the 12th time today? Man that guy is full of…

drjillinNH
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The SCOTUS decision gives solid documentation footnotes in the historiography of the worst criminal-president in US history. That writing starts around noon on January 20, 2021. Thug-1 isn’t getting a break from his SCOTUS appointments. Too bad for him they’re respectful of law that cramp 45’s lawless style. They’re doing their jobs well. Suck it up, Loser-in-Chief!

J. M.
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J. M.

Not just any prison, but one for the criminally insane. Like the one Hannibal Lector was caged in.

Independent
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I’ll believe it when I see it. He has not been held accountable for allowing russia to pay for our military to be killed and that to me is the most horrific thing he has done. I say send him out on patrol in any middle eastern country that hates us — alone to make up for his 5 draft dodges and the five young men who had to go in his place. I was a military wife during Viet Nam and saw the horrors and some of the beautiful boys that went come home to a country that hated… Read more »
Allan
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Ground his aircraft, confiscate his passport, fit an ankle monitor – baby monitor or whatever it takes & make him accountable so that justice has to be SEEN to be done.