Robert Jonathan


ABC News appears to be covering for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) with some selective editing that removed a gaffe and rendered his words PG-13.

Speaking from prepared notes on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Trump, Schumer — the new majority leader in the chamber — said that “Make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection…insurrection against the United States.” Schumer’s immediate facial expression was a tell.

Although last Friday’s flub gained much attention on social media and generated a lot of puns, ABC’s This Week may have decided to minimize the embarrassment for the Democrat. Or maybe the producers concluded it was just too edgy for Sunday morning.

In any event, the network instead aired a clip of Schumer’s remarks that made the blunder go away. Although this may seem relatively minor in the way the media operates, common sense suggests that a Republican lawmaker would not have received a similar benefit of the doubt.

The edited version of Schumer’s utterance appeared in the show’s intro. Watch the clip below.

Fox News reports that the transcript of the speech was also sanitized and: “The video and audio were noticeably chopped up to make Schumer’s words appear seamless.”

Against the backdrop of media bias generally, the ABC edit did not sit well with some Twitter users: Here is a sample:

In another embarrassment for ABC This Week on the same broadcast, host George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton operative, demanded that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul admit that Election 2020 wasn’t stolen.

Paul handled the hectoring in a very professional manner, pointing out among other things that most courts never addressed the substance of the Trump campaign’s claims — such as unconstitutional changes in election laws that bypassed state legislatures — and instead relied on procedural rules to dispose of the cases. ”

And I won’t be cowed by liberals in the media who say there’s no evidence here and you’re a liar if you talk about election fraud,” Paul asserted.

Author: Robert Jonathan

Source: BizPac Review: ABC News edits out Schumer’s embarrassing erection gaffe

A former federal judge insists that the U.S. Senate has no constitutional authority to try to impeach President Trump after he leaves office and becomes a private citizen, in what appears to be a common-sense reading of the U.S. Constitution.

In the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House is expected to approve at least one article of impeachment as early as today. An impeachment trial in the upper chamber, if there is one, is not expected to start until sometime after Inauguration Day, however.

Given the current timetable, according to ex-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig who also worked in the Reagan and G.W. Bush administrations, the effort might amount to perhaps just political theater.

“Once Trump’s term ends on Jan. 20, Congress loses its constitutional authority to continue impeachment proceedings against him — even if the House has already approved articles of impeachment,” Luttig wrote.

“Therefore, if the House of Representatives were to impeach the president before he leaves office, the Senate could not thereafter convict the former president and disqualify him under the Constitution from future public office.”

“The reason for this is found in the Constitution itself. Trump would no longer be an incumbent in the Office of the President at the time of the delayed Senate proceeding, and would no longer be subject to ‘impeachment conviction’ by the Senate, under the Constitution’s Impeachment Clauses. Which is to say that the Senate’s only power under the Constitution is to convict — or not — an incumbent president,” Luttig asserted, citing Article 1, Section 3, and Article II, Section 4, of the founding document.

If he were to be convicted in the Senate, Trump would be disqualified from running in 2024, which may be the end-game for the Democrats and the Never-Trump Republicans.

If the dispute over the Senate’s impeachment jurisdiction wound up in court, “It is highly unlikely the Supreme Court would yield to Congress’s view that it has the power to impeach a president who is no longer in office when the Constitution itself is so clear that it does not,” Luttig concluded.

Luttig was a judge on the Richmond, Va.-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1991 to 2006 and later became general counsel for Boeing.

Harvard Law professor emeritus and lifelong Democrat Alan Dershowitz also contends that the Senate lacks the legal authority to move ahead.

“But the case cannot come for trial in the Senate because the Senate has rules, and the rules would not allow the case to come to trial until – according to the majority leader – until 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, an hour after President Trump leaves office,” he told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo.

“And the Constitution specifically says, ‘The President shall be removed from office upon impeachment.’ It doesn’t say the former president. Congress has no power to impeach or try a private citizen, whether it be a private citizen named Donald Trump or named Barack Obama, or anyone else. The jurisdiction is limited to a sitting president, and so there won’t be a trial.”

While disagreeing with Trump’s remarks at the rally, Dershowitz also slammed Democrats for trying to impeach the president for exercising his First Amendment rights to engage in political free speech, which he claimed could be weaponized by one party against the other going forward.

Guilt by association has never been part of the American tradition, at least prior to the onset of Trump derangement syndrome.

“Many Democrats, including members of Congress, refused to accept Trump as the legitimate president when he was elected and refused to do so as rioting broke out at the inauguration. Many of the same members have used the same type of rhetoric to ‘take back the country’ and ‘fight for the country.’ The concern is that this impeachment will not only create a precedent for an expedited pathway of ‘snap impeachments’ but allow future Congresses to impeach presidents for actions of their supporters,” George Washington University law professor and self-described liberal Jonathan Turley warned.

Author: Robert Jonathan

Source: Biz Pac Review: Former fed judge says Senate has no ‘constitutional authority’ to impeach Trump after he leaves office

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