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‘A cancer on the presidency’

Attorney George Conway III writes Trump is a cancer on the presidency. Congress should remove him. Although I would describe Trump more broadly as a blight on the country, Conway’s assessment is spot on:

So it turns out that, indeed, President Trump was not exonerated at all, and certainly not “totally” or “completely,” as he claimed. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III didn’t reach a conclusion about whether Trump committed crimes of obstruction of justice — in part because, while a sitting president, Trump can’t be prosecuted under long-standing Justice Department directives, and in part because of “difficult issues” raised by “the President’s actions and intent.” Those difficult issues involve, among other things, the potentially tricky interplay between the criminal obstruction laws and the president’s constitutional authority, and the difficulty in proving criminal intent beyond a reasonable doubt.

Still, the special counsel’s report is damning. Mueller couldn’t say, with any “confidence,” that the president of the United States is not a criminal. He said, stunningly, that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Mueller did not so state.

That’s especially damning because the ultimate issue shouldn’t be — and isn’t — whether the president committed a criminal act. As I wrote not long ago, Americans should expect far more than merely that their president not be provably a criminal. In fact, the Constitution demands it.

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The Constitution commands the president to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” It requires him to affirm that he will “faithfully execute the Office of President” and to promise to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” And as a result, by taking the presidential oath of office, a president assumes the duty not simply to obey the laws, civil and criminal, that all citizens must obey, but also to be subjected to higher duties — what some excellent recent legal scholarship has termed the “fiduciary obligations of the president.”

Fiduciaries are people who hold legal obligations of trust, like a trustee of a trust. A trustee must act in the beneficiary’s best interests and not his own. If the trustee fails to do that, the trustee can be removed, even if what the trustee has done is not a crime.

The main focus of opposition should be Trump, His Inner Circle, Principal Surrogates, and Media Defenders, knowing that closer at hand there are yet officials supportive of Trumpism Down to the Local Level.

2 comments for “‘A cancer on the presidency’

  1. George Bailey
    04/19/2019 at 4:10 PM

    I don’t trust George Conway. 1.) He’s Kelly-Anne Conway’s husband and it’s been put forth that he may be fake opposition. Trump has only struck back once about George Conway’s criticism and only after it was pointed out that Trump never hits back at him. 2.) He is purported to be a member of the Federalist Society and was apparently instrumental in getting Cavanope nominated to SCOTUS…

    His opinion piece referenced above rings true in my ears, but I think that maybe he just wants to fast-forward to Pence. Manafort pushed for Pence for Trump’s VP and we all know who Manafort answered to pre-prison. Fun fact: Kelly-Anne Conway is grand-daughter to a member of the Scarfo crime family. You can’t throw a rock in the White House without hitting someone with mob ties.

  2. JOHN ADAMS
    04/19/2019 at 7:57 PM

    I’m not sure what to make of Conway. The essay is good, so I posted it, but his personal life puzzles me. It’s rare that I think about someone’s personal life, but it is hard for me to understand how the Conways stay together.

    It’s certainly odd; I have no easy explanation for it.