The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

This might turn into an actual story at some point, but for now, I’m essentially publishing the notes I’m gathering to write a story about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

I don’t know much about Johnson, nor his impeachment proceedings. Frankly, I got sick of listening to whiny ass bitches on Twitter, so I decided to find something else to do with my time. So here’s the fruits of that labor.

Johnson was the 17th president.

On February 24, 1868, the House began impeachment proceedings.

Read The National Republican’s coverage of the House opening impeachment proceedings here.

On March 2nd and 3rd, in 1868, Johnson became the first president to be impeached.

Wiki: The trial in the Senate began three days later, with Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase presiding. On May 16, the Senate did not convict Johnson on one of the articles, with the 35–19 vote in favor of conviction falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority by a single vote.

Wiki: on May 26, the Senate did not convict the president on two articles, both by the same margin, after which the trial was adjourned.

Johnson was impeached by the House, largely because he fired Edwin Stanton. Stanton was Johnson’s secretary of war. Now we assume the president has the power fire whoever he wants from his or her cabinet.

Prior to the repeal of the Tenure of Office Act in 1887, nearly 20 years after Johnson’s impeachment, it wasn’t legal for the president to simply fire people.

The Supreme Court would eventually rule that the Tenure of Office Act was invalid. It looks like in Johnson’s case, the House was wrong to impeach him, but he did break the law as it stood at the time.

The National Republican Coverage of Day 1 Of the House Impeachment of Johnson Feb. 28, 1867

The Alexandria Gazette Coverage of House Impeachment Proceedings of Johnson March 8, 1867

Trump Assassinates Iranian General

Credit: AFP/Getty Qasem Soleimani

A top Iranian general was killed today in Iraq.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Qasem Soleimani is dead. Soleimani was the target of a US missile strike at a Baghdad airport.

It’s an act of war according to some experts.

Iran is expected to respond.

In a statement, the Pentagon statement said Soleimani was executed “at the direction of the president.”

Trump setup a test for himself that he will fail. How many people will die while he does?

This BBC story is developing.

Impeachment: Rudy Giuliani Calls and Texts

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is deep in the muck with Trump and his Ukraine extortion criminal conspiracy and conspirators.

Professionals in the Office of Management and Budget resigned over the hold on the Ukraine aid. Why was Rudy talking to people at the Office of Management and Budget?

Check out this one, our buddy Devin Nunes spent more than 8 minutes chatting with Lev Parnas. I wonder what they spoke about.


Don’t read the entire 300-page House Intelligence Committee Report on the impeachment of Donald Trump. If you’re bored, go ahead, but they lay it out in the first couple of paragraphs.

As this report details, the impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection. In furtherance of this scheme, President Trump conditioned official acts on a public announcement by the new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, of politically-motivated investigations, including one into President Trump’s domestic political opponent. In pressuring President Zelensky to carry out his demand, President Trump withheld a White House meeting desperately sought by the Ukrainian President, and critical U.S. military assistance to fight Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his own presidential reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political rival, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage. In doing so, the President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security.

At the center of this investigation is the memorandum prepared following President Trump’s July 25, 2019, phone call with Ukraine’s President, which the White House declassified and released under significant public pressure. The call record alone is stark evidence of misconduct; a demonstration of the President’s prioritization of his personal political benefit over the national interest. In response to President Zelensky’s appreciation for vital U.S. military assistance, which President Trump froze without explanation, President Trump asked for “a favor though”: two specific investigations designed to assist his reelection efforts.

Our investigation determined that this telephone call was neither the start nor the end of President Trump’s efforts to bend U.S. foreign policy for his personal gain. Rather, it was a dramatic crescendo within a months-long campaign driven by President Trump in which senior U.S. officials, including the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Acting Chief of Staff, the Secretary of Energy, and others were either knowledgeable of or active participants in an effort to extract from a foreign nation the personal political benefits sought by the President.

The investigation revealed the nature and extent of the President’s misconduct, notwithstanding an unprecedented campaign of obstruction by the President and his Administration to prevent the Committees from obtaining documentary evidence and testimony.

A dozen witnesses followed President Trump’s orders, defying voluntary requests and lawful subpoenas, and refusing to testify. The White House, Department of State, Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget, and Department of Energy refused to produce a single document in response to our subpoenas.

Trump is obviously guilty. The only question now is whether Senate Republicans will betray their country or not. I’m betting on the former.

US Constitution Article II Section 4: Impeachment

Section. 4. The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

US Constitution Article III Section 3

Section. 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Owning A Gun Is Not A Right

There is literally not one reason americans should have unfettered access to guns.

1. You don’t need an AR-15 to hunt.
2. You don’t need an AR-15 for personal protection.
3. You don’t need an AR-15 because you think you’ll use it to overthrow our government – the People’s government.

Lots of people think three is THE REASON to have a right to own machine guns. I’ll get to that in a minute.

Let’s talk about hunting and personal protection. Surely the framers of the constitution thought about those activities when they where writing the Bill of Rights.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Yep, nothing in there about shooting deer or chopping a marauder in half with an AR-15 on full auto. It does however say “well regulated Militia.”

If the right to “keep and bear Arms” is not about hunting or personal protection than it must so that we can violently overthrow the government.

But that doesn’t make sense either.

To understand how ridiculous this “idea” is, think about what was happening in 1787. We had whooped Britain’s ass, but there were lots of these Shaw’s Rebellion sort of things happening pretty regularly.

The elite were getting nervous, and as a response, they wrote the Constitution. While it’s true that much of the Constitution is about constraining the federal government, but make no mistake, the framers knew they were creating a strong federal government and that’s what they wanted.

Before the Constitution, there was the Articles of Confederation. Under the Articles, the federal government was weak and unable to deal with potential civil unrest.

So this notion that while the framers were creating a strong federal government they would also put in-place a mechanism to violently overthrow that very government is absurd. No one would create system like that. And if we voted on it today, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of people don’t believe in a violent revolution as part of our political life.

The second amendment exists for the very specific reason stated in the text – a “well regulated Militia.” We have that, it’s called Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines.

We should repeal the second amendment, it’s been twisted into a right for domestic terrorists to kill us on a large scale.

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Trump AG Barr Releases Redacted Mueller Report

Today the cover-up of the Donald Trump criminal conspiracy continued with Attorney General William Barr’s release of a heavily redacted Mueller Report.

You can read it here.

Next, we should expect subpoenas by House Democrats and public testimony from Mueller.

Weiner Released

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has been released from prison. Weiner couldn’t stop sending dick pics. He loved it so much, he sent some to a 15-year-old girl. That landed him in federal prison with a 21-month sentence.

Setting aside, Weiner destroying his entire life with dick pics, in the Huffington Post story, this last sentence was the most interesting one.

Once Weiner started sending his dick pics to underage children, in 2016, a federal investigation was opened.

That investigation led to authorities searching his personal computer and finding work emails from Abedin, leading then-FBI Director James Comey to reopen the investigation into Clinton’s private email server in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign.

What has always pissed me off about this is that this “discovery” should NEVER have resulted in the reopening of Clinton email investigation. Abedin worked for Clinton. Her having email messages from that work on her computer was expected. It was also expected that these message were the same emails turned over to investigators previously.

There was not one bit of evidence that these email messages weren’t already turned over to investigators. But instead of taking a few hours to look over the messages to determine if the FBI already had them, Comey restarted the Clinton email investigation and gave a strange press conference announcing that days before the 2016 election.

Comey should have immediately been fired for doing this because once the FBI looked at the email messages, there was nothing there.