Cynical Abuse of Process by Legal Profession Continues…

Atty. Michael Van Der Veen

“[W]e all agree that any First Amendment defense raised by President Trump’s attorney would be legally frivolous.”

This questionable statement was asserted in a letter released earlier this month by 144 “constitutional law scholars” to shoot down a defense they expected former GOP President Donald J. Trump to raise during his impeachment hearing.

The “scholars” letter was a thinly veiled warning to Trump’s legal counsel that if they assert a First Amendment offense on behalf of Trump, they will be subject to court sanctions for violating ethical conduct rules for attorneys.

Latest Assault

It is the latest assault on Trump by left-leaning attorneys who use the law as a bludgeon to achieve political goals.

Last fall, a group of attorneys and law students engaged in a thuggish (and highly successful) effort to intimidate lawyers at big and small law firms to drop Trump as a client.

Former Judge James Troupis, who represented Trump in December in an election challenge in Wisconsin, said he took the case because no one else would. “We have to acknowledge the court system has been deeply intimidated by the left, just as the lawyers have been intimidated. That is a sad, sad state of affairs,” said Troupis.

At present, bar associations are challenging the law licenses of Trump attorneys, claiming they violated ethical conduct rules by representing Trump’s challenge to the 2020 Presidential election.

Perhaps the most cynical abuse of legal process in U.S. history?

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Impeachment ‘Trial’ May Become GOP’s Worst Nightmare

The Democrats unwise push for an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate is shaping up to become the Democrats worst nightmare.

Instead of allowing GOP President Joe Biden’s administration to move smoothly ahead, the trial will open up a Pandora’s Box of unexpected troubles and drag the country back to the issue of whether Biden was rightfully elected.

The article of impeachment against former President Donald J. Trump was poorly drafted and hastily passed by House Democrats without an real evidentiary hearing. If the Democrats had taken more time and given the article more thought, they could have closed potential lines of inquiry about the legitimacy of the election. For whatever reason, they did not take the time and now, to compound the damage, they are insisting on moving ahead with a trial in the U.S. Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will send the article of impeachment to the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a request by Republican Senate leaders to delay the start of the trial until February. Possibly it dawned on Pelosi that delay gives Trump more time to prepare for the hearing.

False Claim?

The article accuses Trump of abusing his power by making “false claims” to his supporters at a rally on Jan. 6, the day a group of thugs broke into the Capitol Building on national television and sent legislators scurrying in fear.

One such claim, according to the article of impeachment, was Trump’s statement that “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide.” This statement is the equivalent of an invitation for Trump to defend himself by introducing evidence that the election was indeed stolen and the claim is true.

This Article contains an invitation for Trump to defend himself by introducing evidence the election was stolen.

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Over Hyped Threats And Biden’s Inauguration

The public was not invited to Democratic President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., which is a rather stunning thing for a Democracy.

Instead, Biden family members, members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Supreme Court, and aged politicians from years past watched as Biden took the oath of office as America’s 46th president.

America is in the midst of a deadly pandemic, which might be reason enough to exclude the public, but that wasn’t the reason.

The public was excluded because Democrats and their media operatives have been whipping the nation into a state of hysteria since Jan. 6 when a small group of thugs broke into the Capitol Building while Congress was meeting to certify electors.

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When Courts Refuse to Intervene in Election Disputes…

You could see the turmoil on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, face as he criticized fellow Republicans.

He said he could not support overruling the Congressional count of state Presidential electors at Wednesday’s Joint Committee of Congress because “If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever.”

He said he couldn’t justify such damage when “dozens of lawsuits received hearings in courtrooms across our country. But over and over, the courts rejected these claims.”

Courts played a central role in creating the election crisis and exacerbated it by refusing to get involved.

Despite McConnell’s hesitancy, some 100 GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives and a half dozen dozen members of the U.S. Senate stepped up to oppose certification of the electors in a handful of swing states.

Among other things, they cited new election rules approved by partisan courts shortly before (or even during) the election. They said these judicially sanctioned rules set new election dates and procedures that invited fraud and chaos. They alleged the judicially-sanctioned rules violate the U.S. Constitution, which assigns exclusively to state legislatures the responsibility for elections.

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Election: U.S. At A Crossroads

Trust is the glue that binds any relationship together, including the relationship between citizens and their government.

The presidential elections is a dagger in the heart of the relationship between tens of millions of American voters who question the integrity of the election and the U.S. government’s response (or lack, thereof).  

As poet Maya Angelou said, people will forget what you said and what you did but “people will never forget how you made them feel.”  

What is most important right now is that many Americans feel, with some justification, that their voice was illegally silenced and their rights as American citizens were abridged. It is the consequences of erosion of trust that should be most concerning right now.

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