The Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, Section 9 state: …”No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any king, Prince, or foreign State.”…
On December 4, 2018, just 3 weeks ago, amidst the tidal wave of Flynn and Cohen news, the AP reported that U.S. District Court DC Judge Peter J. Messitte approved subpoenas alleging Trump profited off the presidency.
The lawsuits were filed by two Attorney Generals, one in DC and the other in Maryland. After the judge approved the subpoenas, the AGs were able to move forward and subpoena twenty companies and government agencies.
It looks to be a very strong case:
- According to the Washington Post, Saudi’s paid $270,000 to fund 500 nights at the Trump International Hotel in DC for U.S. veterans
- The nightly rate for these stays, $768
- USA Today reported that the Trump Organization earned $40.4 million in 2017, Trump’s first year in office
- $350,000 was of this Revenue was from campaign funds, 60% of which came from RNC USA Today went on to state
- Hotel’s guests included representatives from: Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait
- Numerous political events are held at the hotel, including one funded by the Philippine government
- Trump is obligated to donate foreign government profits to the US Treasury, in light of the emoluments clause, but trump only donated $151,470 without supplying any documentation
- Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut is actively involved in monitoring Trump’s International DC Hotel, along with the representatives of foreign governments who stay there, as well as the two lawsuits filed against Trump relating to profiting from his presidency
It’s been two years and Trump hasn’t be able to put this conflict to rest. Instead, it’s grown that much more significant, especially in light of Jamal Khashoggi’s grisly murder and how much Saudi money is tied into Trump’s DC hotel.
Immediately following Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation on October 6, 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts passed along 83 judicial misconduct complaints filed against Brett Kavanaugh to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado. These ethics complaints included: false statements while under oath, political bias, lack of judicial temperament, treating the Senate Judiciary Committee with disrespect, as well as several miscellaneous complaints.
Chief Circuit Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, dismissed all of the complaints in his Order today, dated December 18, 2018.
- Tymkovich’s grounds for dismissal were based on jurisdiction whereby he claims that Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court Judge, and Tymkovich only has authority to resolve complaints concerning the potential misconduct of “covered judges”
- Covered Judges include: “a circuit judge, district judge, bankruptcy judge, or magistrate judge”
This all seems a bit fuzzy considering the facts that:
- Kavanaugh’s misconduct occurred before he was confirmed to the Supreme Court; if these complaints had to be reviewed before Kavanaugh was confirmed, the vote for confirmation should have been put on hold in order for the complaints to be processed appropriately; it now appears that the GOP rammed the vote through the senate at break-neck speed for this specific purpose… creating a loophole that would protect Kavanaugh from accountability
- Chief Justice John Roberts deemed that Tymkovich did have jurisdiction which is why Roberts sent the complaints to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals after Kavanaugh was confirmed, or was this a ruse?
- Tymkovich denies or dismisses virtually all judicial misconduct complaints; he appears to use a template for the majority of his dismissals and denials;
- If we’re shocked by the stunning dismissal of Kavanugh’s misconduct, we should be even more appalled by Tymkovich’s dismissal of the misconduct complaint filed against DC Circuit Judge Richard W. Roberts on July 28, 2017.
- Back at the beginning of his legal career, while prosecuting a case in Salt Lake City, Utah, Roberts “raped” 16 year old injured witness Terry Mitchell “nearly every day for a several weeks.” Following this successful trial outcome, Roberts was soon promoted to Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York where he worked under Rudy Giuliani. Onward and upward until he was nominated to the United States District Court in DC in 1998.
Fuzzy judicial orders like Tymkovich’s today, clearly undermine the rule of law. The fact that this is one of a tremendous number of Tenth Circuit Court Of Appeals misconduct decisions that get dismissed or denied, is nauseating. Is the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals legitimate? If judges can create a system where they’re never accountable for their misdeeds, yet have the ability to dramatically alter the lives, the fortunes and the destinies of the American public, creating thousands and thousands of victims… it’s an alarming injustice. And it’s unconstitutional.
In light of the fact that Chief Circuit Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has deemed these 83 judicial misconduct complaints filed against Brett Kavanaugh as “serious,” and the legal definition of serious equates to felony, and the world is fully aware of the Republican leadership’s mission to rush Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to the floor in order to create the beneficial loophole for Kavanaugh, it’s very clear there’s enough evidence to impeach Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court until these complaints can be properly reviewed.
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According to the Washington Post, during Michael Flynn’s dramatic sentencing hearing today, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan lambasted Flynn’s egregious wrongs, decried his attempt to blame the FBI, and demanded that Flynn own his crime. At one point, Sullivan asked prosecutors if Flynn’s actions constituted treason.
By the end of this breathtaking courtroom event, after requesting they all return in 90 days, Judge Sullivan restricted Flynn’s travel to 50 miles from DC and declared that Flynn must surrender his passport.