Steven Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas Law School, pointed it out in a tweet Tuesday afternoon. “Trump Administration: The reason why a sitting President can’t be indicted is because the Constitution expressly creates an alternative, political process for presidential misconduct,” Vladeck wrote. “Also Trump Administration: That alternative process is too political and entirely illegitimate,” he wrote. “Not for the first time, they are indeed asserting that the President is above the law,” said Lisa Kern Griffin, a professor at Duke University School of Law. Trump’s private lawyers in federal court in New York have argued that one reason he should be immune from all criminal investigations is that those investigations were the province of a Congress with the power of impeachment, not law enforcement officials. “The Constitution’s assignment of the impeachment power to Congress and its supermajority … [Read more...] about Trump’s lawyers draw a legal cloak around him
I've been married to my second wife for the past decade; it's her second marriage too. Our marriage has had its ups-and-downs, but mostly downs of late as the legal cost of her ex's meddling (he is still fighting custody order) has been growing exponentially. Basically, her entire income goes to lawyers. When I brought up marriage counseling about a year ago, her response was to talk about selling our house, separation, and divorce. It took me by surprise because I was not thinking about divorce. We tried counseling, but it made things worse. Ultimately she made it clear that she realized she wanted to stay with me because she needed my financial support to make ends meet and keep fighting for her child. She flip-flops between "I can't imagine not having you in my life" and "I don't want to be seen in the same room as you." It is really toxic for me and my therapist agrees. Recently, I went to the wake of a high school friend. There, I ran into my high school crush (whom I never had … [Read more...] about Is it time to end my second marriage?
A homeless man has been arrested at Lake Tahoe after authorities say he started a fire near Sierra College’s Tahoe-Truckee campus.The Sierra Sun reports 66-year-old Scott Stevenson was charged Wednesday with unlawfully causing a fire of a structure or forest land.He as being held in the Nevada County Jail. Jail records don’t indicate if he has a lawyer who could comment.The Truckee Police Department says Stevenson suggested he lit the fire and was having hallucinations that a Biblical flaming bush was talking to him. It says Stevenson is not from the area and was passing through. Officer Pat Schaffer says he spotted the fire burning on the south sloop of the campus and then saw Stevenson suspiciously trying to leave the area. Firefighters quickly put out the blaze.___Information from: Sierra Sun. … [Read more...] about Homeless man charged in arson fire at Lake Tahoe college
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are Florida-based executives of an energy company. Parnas, 47, a former stockbroker, was born in Ukraine and is a naturalized US citizen. Fruman was born in Belarus and is also a naturalized US citizen. Parnas has told The Washington Post that Giuliani, Trump’s outspoken, combative lawyer, is a ‘‘very good friend’’ but their relationship is not longstanding. Parnas said he got to know Giuliani while fund-raising for Trump’s 2016 campaign. ‘‘The relationship bonded and built over time. We’re just very close,’’ he said. In May, Giuliani tweeted that Parnas and Fruman were his ‘‘clients.” He recently said they had sought his advice on a business venture. What did they do for Giuliani in Ukraine? Parnas and Fruman have acted as emissaries in Ukraine for Giuliani. They helped him in his efforts to dig up information about, and encourage investigations into, Trump’s … [Read more...] about 7 things to know about the arrests of the 2 Giuliani associates
The Sept. 9 exchange between Sondland and the top US diplomat to Ukraine has become central to the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into whether the president abused his office in pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden and his son, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. The White House and its defenders have held up Sondland’s text, which included ‘‘no quid pro quo’s of any kind,’’ as proof that none was ever considered. Sondland will hold out the possibility that Trump wasn’t truthful in his denial of a quid pro quo as well as an alternative scenario in which the president’s interest in the scheme soured at a time when his administration faced mounting scrutiny over why it was withholding about $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine and delaying a leader-level visit with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. ‘‘Whether he’s deciding it’s … [Read more...] about Trump’s envoy who denied quid pro quo now says he isn’t certain