It is ironic that our president has led a convention claiming to be a “Law and Order” president, while repeatedly violating the law. The Hatch Act prohibits campaigns from using federal facilities and prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity as part of their official duties.

While the Hatch Act does not apply to the president, it clearly applies to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, who administered the Oath of Citizenship, with the president, to new citizens as part of the convention proceedings. Additional Hatch Act violations include Secretary Pompeo’s speech, signs on the White House lawn, and numerous other misuses of government facilities, personnel, and funds as part of the convention. The president took an oath to enforce our laws, including the Hatch Act.

Now our president is having the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) restrict the access of the Intelligence Oversight Committees to the intelligence relating to foreign interference in our upcoming election. The Intelligence Oversight Act requires that the Intelligence Committees be “fully and currently informed” on “significant anticipated intelligence activity”. This weekend, the DNI said he will no longer provide in-person briefings on foreign election interference. This refusal to keep them “fully informed” is designed to keep ongoing Russian interference hidden.

Our Constitution provides a method to address lawless behavior by a president. Members of Congress, who took an oath to uphold the Constitution, have a responsibility to enforce the law by impeaching the president. It may seem futile for the House to vote to impeach, while the Senate has already demonstrated their refusal to convict. The refusal of the Senate to do their Constitutional duty should not stop the House of Representatives from fulfilling theirs.

If the president chooses to violate a new law every day, he should be impeached every day. If a criminal were found innocent on one charge of bank robbery, we would not allow him to rob a new bank each day. Each robbery would be prosecuted. This principle should apply to any criminal, including the president. Congress has a duty to act.

If you support “Law and Order” and “equal justice under the law”, please contact your member of Congress and insist that they do their job by submitting articles of impeachment.

Andrew Duck

Knoxville, MD

(61) comments

Boyce Rensberger

Good letter, Andrew. Of course, you prompted the usual left-right spitball fight that shows up on this site. Funny, it's usually the same six or eight people, most of them hiding behind pseudonyms.

matthewboh

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NewMarketParent

@Boyce Rensberger

I have no problems dropping my pseudonym when the other side does. The problem is that only one side typically engages in making death threats and it is not usually "the left".

PurplePickles

@NMP

You know we have both made enemies on this site, and I’m sure a few friends too. But we both know we must keep our identities secret. I would love to post under our real names but....the nutters are nuts.

DickD

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NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

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And they see no problems in targeted harassment (the original cancel culture). Besides, many of the people here seem to be retired. I am young and have kids. I am not going to subject them to the nutters that love to harass to own the libs.

bosco

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hayduke2

Exactly Purple...

veritas

Whoa! Boyce has condescended to hurl a spitball with the pseudonymous FNP riff raff. It's our lucky day boys and girls.

public-redux

I still think the most hilarious comment about pseudonyms came from jsk when he said that you being anonymous was okay because he agreed with you (or words to that effect) while my being anonymous was cowardly because he disagreed with me (or words to that effect).

des21

[thumbup] veritas. I love it when BR condescends to address us!

threecents

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-Anon

PurplePickles

Yes I agree with you Mr. Duck the orange one does need to be impeached again, and again and again, and he will be IF he wins in November. There will be nothing but impeachment hearings but the House needs to start now. Also IF the orange one wins again we will see criminal charges brought against him and his family, once he is removed from office. So we will all be very busy.

The liberals will take the senate, that way IF the orange one wins then he will be removed from office shortly after because both the House and the Senate will of course vote to remove him from office and then once he is removed the criminal charges will be brought and a orange jumpsuits for the orange one and his family.

Either way we will be rid of the orange one and either way the grifters are going to face the consequences, this is going to be epic.

PurplePickles

Come to think of it I don't think it's going to matter if the liberals take the Senate, I think there will enough Republicans that will vote to remove Trump from office this time, Romney is a sure YES vote AGAIN, so either way Trump is going to be outta here and on his way to PRISON. I can't wait......

PurplePickles

Also the orange one appears not to be feeling in tip top condition so may he not even make to the election, mini strokes may mean a big one is coming?

Remember the cognitive tests Trump talked about having when he went to Walter Reed a few months back? He wouldn't be given a cognitive test unless they were worried about his cognitive abilities ?

‘This story doesn’t add up’: CNN’s Gupta singles out Trump doctor’s unusual actions on way to Walter Reed

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/09/this-story-doesnt-add-up-cnns-gupta-singles-out-trump-doctors-unusual-actions-on-way-to-walter-reed/

pdl603

Much Duck talk about nothing.

Greg F

Piddle...all hot air.

DickD

Not true, Greg, I saw piddle making a puddle. Nah,not really.

des21

The word is "piffle" Greg.

threecents

Pdl ??

Dwasserba

"If the president chooses to violate a new law every day, he should be impeached every day." I like it. How would he spin it bigly.

JerryR

Mr. Duck - please go back into your basement....don't call us, we'll call you! Hahaha!!

bosco

Maybe Mr Duck should read the information on the Office of Special Counsel's website about the Hatch Act. For the convenience of those interested, I posted a couple of links previously. Just scroll down.

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hayduke2

Bosco - again you miss the point. FDR may have used the WH ( during a war ) and Trump could use it as well since the president is not covered under the Hatch Act. However, other federal employees ARE restricted from doing so. That includes every federal employee who attended.

bosco

You should read the links I posted for information and direct your complaint to the Office of Special Council and see if it gets any traction there. [ninja]

Greg F

Why don’t you b

shiftless88

bosco; several administration employees have already been determined to be in violation of the Hatch act but guess who gets to decide the punishment? And guess who decided not to punish them? Our Constitution assumed that the people in power would not be criminals and would have some shred of respect.

bosco

Who made that determination, shiftless, and were there referrals for prosecution?

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NewMarketParent

@Greg F

Good point. His followers won't do it because they only believe in Law and Order when it is convenient.

shiftless88

Bosco; this is made by the independent Office of Special Counsel. Conway violated it a number of times and this was referred to the President. But the President is responsible for taking actions and he took none. This is not something for the courts. Like I said; our Constitution assumes that people will do the right thing but they did not anticipate the current POTUS.

des21

Bold prediction: After his reelection President Trump will be impeached again by the HOR. Perhaps, if they take the Senate, Democrats will convict, perhaps Republicans, not being beholden to him anymore, will vote to convict so the "Lincoln Project' losers can get their fees back.

Then perhaps the 2nd Civil War. He is well loved despite you all not getting it. A lot goes by those inside the beltway (or at least those who think they are.)

des21

God, you guys are pathetic. You were the boy who asked the teacher if there was any homework for the class at 2:55 on a Friday weren't you Hay,shift, Matt,Mrs. M., Aw, et al- you're all interchangeable.

DickD

Law and order is just a joke for Donald Trump. Under Biden as V.P. crime fell 15%. If you want law and order vote for Biden.

bosco

Source, DickD. What types of crime?

hayduke2

Here you go bosco... https://www.factcheck.org/2020/06/trump-wrong-on-crime-record/

phydeaux994

Dang bosco, try to keep up with the latest news. That’s 2 “source, DickD’s” today alone. Pay attention!!!

DickD

I am going to have to hold "special education" classes for Bosco. [lol]

NewMarketParent

@DickD

You cannot teach those that are intentionally ignorant. Wanting to learn is an act of humility and it doesn't work well with narcissists.

DickD

You didn't watch Biden's speech? It was in it and not refuted by the orange clown.

MRS M

Ugly American carnage, brought to America by the ignorant old racist Donald Trump. This is what Trump supporters want for another 4 years? In what sick and distorted version of America do these people live? And, if Trump were to be re-elected, what would change? Trump showed America exactly who he was 5 years ago. How shameful that THIS is what Trump voters continue to support and make excuses for.

NewMarketParent

@bosco

So your rationalization is to go back and dig up 80 year-old unrelated thing from your uncle's cousin's friend's blog site at insidesources? I definitely think the Russian judges will be impressed by your mental gymnastics. Or was that source the opinion section of the Free-Lance-Star?

You guys really are desperate to normalize your corruption aren't you?

Dwasserba

We recently watched "Morning Glory," 2010, Harrison Ford in a strangely growly role as a diehard newsman forced into adapting to an emphasis on entertainment ("infotainment"). What a difference ten years can make.

bosco

Here is some basic information on the Hatch Act for federal employees, from the Office of Special Counsel

https://osc.gov/Documents/Outreach%20and%20Training/Handouts/A%20Guide%20to%20the%20Hatch%20Act%20for%20Federal%20Employees.pdf

and some more detailed information for those interested enough to dig a little deeper.

https://osc.gov/Services/Pages/HatchAct-Federal.aspx

The first candidate to use the White House for his acceptance speech was a Democrat, FDR in 1940, so the precedent has been set.

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niceund

As usual, Mr Duck is all wrong. He's more worried about someone making a speech than the actual violence and killing going on in democratically run cities. I will be very happy in November after President Trump wins re-election and the Democrats can go back into their basements.

Greg F

Trump always has scapegoats and others that will do the actual violence for him nic...he doesn't ever want to get dirt on his fat short hands. He's got those in the Klan to do it, those in local PD and sheriff's departments, predators like Epstein and his sex fiend friend he says he doesn't know but has pictures with them. He is a voyeur who'd rather peep at teens and when he's in the company of his friends, will then take full advantage by paying them for silence. He is going to Kenosha to sow more violence and relish in the chaos his puppeteer Putin has instructed him to carry out so they can continue raping our system and corrupting its core while the "silent majority" of racists continue being a cancer. It's soooo obvious to anyone breathing or with a conscience this is the case. KKK members have no conscience, nor do confederate and nazi flag wavers who follow Trump.

JerryR

Greg - you need your meds....

NewMarketParent

@JerryR

You need professional help.

JerryR

NMP - you need a life!

DickD

As long as you are dreaming, dream of Biden being elected POTUS saving your military pension and Social Security.

shiftless88

Yet he seems willing to take credit the economic booms in those same cities (and Democrat-run states). Hmmm....

knahs25

Everyone who values the Constitution needs to “fire” Trump by overwhelmingly voting him out of office.

DickD

And put Trump in jail for his crimes.

bosco

And what exactly are those crimes, DickD? Please give us a list with the specific law being violated. [ninja]

JerryR

The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds!!!

NewMarketParent

@bosco

You go, you professional sea-lion, you.

MRS M

here you go, bosco. Start with tax evasion, as the courts will soon have his tax records for grand jury access. In the end, mobsters always go down with that.....including time in the Federal pen.....the worst place in the world for an entitled, corpulent, narcissistic old white guy with a really, really (really) bad blond dye-job.. Then there is the payoff for silence to his porn star girlfriend with campaign funds. Or failure to protect the United States and its Constitution (as per his oath of office) by going to enemies of our country to buy influence for use in his election campaigns. And of course, there are the moral and ethical failings that make one question.........why you continue to defend the indefensible. THIS incompetence, this failure to govern, and this refusal to condemn violence, ALL brought about under 4 years of Trump's watch. Behaviors and criminality that you would find disgusting and reprehensible in family, friends, church-members or neighbors.........you defend for the sake of............what? The "Grand Old Party" and Trump have failed america....and news flash, bosco, they have failed YOU. When you wake up, you'll realize 200,000 Americans have died due to following your leader, who termed Covid 'a hoax" in February, and was happy to entertain at a Covid spreader event last Thursday for the world to see. While the lies continue. A vaccine in November. Fake Covid treatments. The attempt to tie the hands of the USPS. And always, the lies of voter fraud. You do know what the real American fraud is, don't you bosco?

hayduke2

Read Melanie and Me or any of the other books on this narcissist.

hayduke2

Jerry R - the complacency of the Right knows no bounds. Okay, so both sides can make statements but to what avail? Try commenting factual information bro.

hayduke2

Obstruction of justice, misuse of campaign funds, tax return issues, lying to Congress in written testimony, illegal hush money payments, emolulents violations to name a few... Plus, when you surround yourself with crooks and incompetent folks, you speak volumes about your own ethics.

DickD

There's not room enough in the FNP to list all of Trump's crimes. You have to be wilfully blind not to know them.

Dwasserba

I'd be happy just to be able to ignore him and his family as I did before.

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