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Judge’s Ruling Requires White House Testimony–Checks And Balances Working

November 26, 2019

I wonder whose job it was at the White House yesterday to inform Donald Trump that he is not a king.  That his powers are limited to the laws of the United States.   That in spite of his claim that he can do whatever he likes there are brakes to be applied by the nation to reign in his actions.  Yes, I wonder who told him that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia handed him a blow to his autocratic dreams?

Following the ruling yesterday former White House counsel Donald McGahn must testify before House impeachment investigators about Trump’s efforts to obstruct the Mueller inquiry.  The rationale for the ruling comes down to the fact senior presidential aides must comply with congressional subpoenas.  Terming the administration’s arguments to severely limit and restrict such testimony as ‘fiction.’ and adding  ‘Presidents are not kings’ must have sent Orange Mussolini into a rage in the White House.

Meanwhile, citizens can take comfort in knowing another example of checks and balances is working for our republic, as the Founders desired.

There will be appeals, no doubt.  But the ruling nonetheless is weighty and correct.  The Trump administration has no sweeping claim that top presidential advisers are absolutely immune from being compelled to talk about their official duties.  And even more powerful was the judge making sure there was no doubt that also means the same for those who worked on national security issues.

I find this ruling most appropriate as it sums up the basic ‘contract’ we have as citizens to society so to make sure law and order is maintained.  Subpoenas relating to presidential misconduct must have a recognition they can not be just tossed aside.  If I were to be subpoenaed it would require me to appear or face the justified consequences.  No one at the White House is protected from this obligation.  There is no “get out of jail free” card that comes with a White House pass.

Laws and order matter.

And so it goes.

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