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    Obama Admin “will become target of congressional investigation after this revelation”

    Obama Admin “will become target of congressional investigation after this revelation”

    Reports about Susan Rice “unmasking” make dual track investigation a certainty.

    I appeared earlier today on America Talks Live, with Steve Malzberg.

    The discussion centered on two big developments today, the reports that Susan Rice “unmasked” Trump campaign and transition officials names from intelligence reports, and the Neil Gorsuch nomination and the threat of a filibuster.

    On Rice, Steve used my post earlier today, Susan Rice unmasked? Previously said “I know nothing about” Nunes allegations.

    Here are some of my comments:

    What this suggests, is that while there may not necessarily have been anything illegal about Susan Rice making those requests, given her background, given how she was put out as the point person to spread the lie about the Benghazi video, that it was an attack based on a video, given her tattered history, I think that it’s very, very suspicious, and it certainly warrants additional information, additional investigation.

    So I think what this all but guarantees is that there will be a dual track investigation in Congress.

    On the one hand, any alleged collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia, of which there’s been no proof thus far, but also the action of the Obama administration.

    I don’t see how the Obama administration does not now become a target of congressional investigation after this revelation.”

    As to Gorsuch, and Democrats leaving Republicans no choice but to go nuclear:

    The filibuster has a moderating effect. A president understands that there’s some necessity of nominating someone in the mainstream.

    And certainly, any argument you could have even used multiple times over with regard to Elena Kagan, or with regard to Sotomayor, or with regard to a lot of different people. But there’s been that moderating effect of a threat of a filibuster.

    That’s not going to be there anymore if Chuck Schumer gets his way.  So Gorsuch is going to be approved. But what it means is that it’s wide open for Trump to nominate almost anyone he wants the next go round.

    And that might be to replace Justice Ginsburg, or Justice Breyer, or Justice Kennedy.

    So I think the Democrats are going to come to regret this much as they now regret what Harry Reid did with regard to the lower courts.

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    Owego | April 4, 2017 at 8:06 am

    You did fine, professor, as always. But, another investigation? It’s certainly called for, but someone could write a (long) book about the investigations opened and underway in the past dozen years, all without resolution. It’s difficult not to agree with HamiltonNJ’s post, above. I’d settle for an indictment, a trial, even (unlikely, but prove us wrong) an acquittal. It’s time to fish or cut bait. No immunities, no trades….just bring your lawyer to the trial.

    snopercod | April 4, 2017 at 8:17 am

    You did good, Professor. Thanks!

    Thing is has there ever really been a moderating effect on democratic judicial appointees? I mean we’ve gotten people like Ginsberg, Breyer et al and I haven’t seen very many moderates – they always vote the same way in pretty much every situation so where is this moderation we keep hearing about that the filibuster has brought about? The only moderation is on one side of the aisle so why did we not just get rid of that.

    DrJim77 | April 4, 2017 at 10:50 am

    All the buffoons within the obama administration and the MSM propagandists believed they would never lose control of the government powers they have abused for 8 eight years. I gleefully welcome them to their new reality which is about to become their worst nightmare as Lady Justice returns from her 8 year forced vacation…

    This scandal does two very important things.

    First, it hamstrings the Trump/Russia collusion investigation. It is now impossible to pursue the claims made by the Dem/Lib/Prog of collusion without throwing the door wide open to substantiate charges of spying on the Trump campaign and transition. This is good, because all the “evidence” of such collusion is locked behind the classified materials firewall.

    Second, it gives the anti-Establishment forces [which includes at least half of the citizens of this nation] a huge lever. If presented as the GOVERNMENT spying on a PRIVATE CITIZENS, who were not engaged in any illegal activity, anyone who fails to harshly criticize this activity will find themselves in political peril.

    Unfortunately, this also places the ant-Trump forces in the position of becoming more violent and aggressive. As their non-violent avenues of attack are blocked, they will revert to what they do best, violently disrupting the society in which they live.

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