Hi Orf, what’s up?

I have been thinking about President Donald Trump’s promise to drain the swamp. He knew what to do by bringing in folks from his campaign that would be indicted for or convicted of felonies.

Wait a minute, Sean Hannity told us those were process crimes.

What did Hannity mean by process crimes? These men committed bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy against the United States.

But at least the president has fired the Deep State.

Do you mean the FBI Director James Comey and Associate Director Andrew McCabe? He also fired at least five people he hired: Anthony Scaramucci, Omarosa Manigault Newman, David J. Shulkin, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, and his favorite Alabamian, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions had to go. He couldn’t indict Hillary Clinton.

Neither could Attorney General William Barr.

Well, sometimes people deserve to be fired, even very good people.

Of course there are the 14 people Trump hired and then forced out of office, including the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and most recently, the Secretary of Labor. While United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alexander Acosta couldn’t even convict a child sex trafficker.

OK, but there are still a lot of very fine people.

You might be right, but 29 of these fine people have resigned for a lot of reasons. Among those fleeing the administration, we have White House press secretaries, one of whom lied on day two in office about Inauguration Day crowd size. He had to resign to apologize at the Emmys.

What do you expect from a corrupt press?

We have National Security advisers and White House staff members fleeing the swamp. Worst of all, cabinet secretaries and assistants have left the country in the hands of interims. These include the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, U.N. Ambassador, Secretary of Interior, Secretary of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Air Force Secretary, Administrator of Small Business Administration, and Homeland Security Secretary. As a result our government is in the hands of unvetted novices. I guess that matches the president’s level of experience and expertise.

Compare this to President Barack Obama. There have been only two convictions in his administration, both of generals for national security violations.

But Presidents Trump and Vladimir Putin have assured us of fair elections without interference.

The 2016 “fair election” led to indictments for campaign interference by 13 Russian civilians, three Russian organizations, and 13 Russian intelligence officers. These enemies of the U.S. cannot be tried since they will not be extradited. President Putin explained to our feckless president that under the American system of justice a person is presumed innocent unless convicted in a court. It follows the Russians are innocent of interfering with the election.

Trump is another swampy Republican president in the tradition of Andrew Johnson, Teapot Dome Warren Harding, Watergate Richard Nixon, and Iran-Contra Ronald Reagan. Reagan even sold arms to Iran.

Should we impeach President Trump?

No, let him finish draining the swamp he built and vote him out of office.

Dan Freeman is an occasional columnist for The Daily News and lives in Galveston.

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Randy Chapman

You can't impeach him without the Rep controlled Senate. And it's not looking good for the Dems in 2020. Their crash and burn is like watching a train wreck.

Jim Forsythe

Randy, if impeachment happens, the House are the ones that would do so.

Randy Chapman

Jim, the House would initiate it, but copied from Wikipedia is the reason that you won't get it approved with a Republican-controlled Senate. They hold all the keys. From Wikipedia: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present. Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States; but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

Emile Pope

So? If a cop saw someone break the law should they ignore it because he might not get convicted? The House has a job to do and the fact that the Senate might not do theirs is not an excuse not to do it's job.

Jim Forsythe

Randy, remember when Clinton was impeached? He was impeached by the House but was acquitted by the Senate.-------------- The impeachment process plays out in Congress and requires critical votes in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is often said that the “House impeaches and the Senate convicts,” or not. In essence, the House first decides if there are grounds to impeach the president, and if it does, the Senate holds a formal impeachment trial. However, being impeached is sort of like being indicted for a crime. The president will remain in office pending the outcome of the Senate impeachment trial. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Only two U.S. Presidents have been impeached by the House of Representatives: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Both were acquitted in trials held by the Senate."

Randy Chapman

Jim, you are correct. I was thinking of the acquittal. I forgot that the impeachment could occur, and still mean nothing if no conviction is approved by the Senate

Jim Forsythe

Randy, it has never happened, so chance of removal is slim, ever.

Carlos Ponce

After yesterday's fiasco of not one but TWO Hearings it is evident there will be NO IMPEACHMENT. The Democrats will carry on with talk of impeachment but its just political posturing for 2020 to appease the über-Leftist of their party.

Charles Douglas

I need some help here from anybody. I'll take any help I can get. Where is Jim Comey, the disgraced FORMER FBI DIRECTOR? He use to tweet like the devil out in the trees ...wanting answers while looking up at the sky! While I am asking, where are JIM CLAPPER, and James Brennan, the rest of Deep State Stooges who helped to frame that BAD MAN IN DC? Seems like when BARR got that new prosecutor on the job, all of them WHO were shooting off their mouths 24/7 on the fake news networks have dropped off a cliff!! Possibly ... they have left the country!!!! I can't wait to see them get justice! Lastly I want to inform some and remind others of this: He who DIGGETH a pit SHALL FALL THEREIN .....and HE WHO ROLLETH A STONE, it shall return onto him again. ( Proverbs 26:27 ). This is the year of the Boomerang!!! Lolo

George Caros

trump is the swamp

Michael Moriarty

Actually you can once the evidence becomes sufficiently detrimental to the continued existence of the Republican members. It's just not there yet!

Carlos Ponce

Because it doesn't exist, Michael.

Emile Pope

Actually you can impeach him. And you definitely can begin an impeachment inquiry...

Carlos Ponce

"These men committed bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy against the United States." The charges stem from actions not within the timeline of White House employment. Paul Manafort was investigated for these crimes by Obama's Justice Department and no charges were brought. Eric Holder dropped the investigation.

Bailey Jones

I have always been reluctant to impeach Trump, absent a crime that reaches a magnitude sufficient to offend Republicans, and they don't offend easily - unless a Democrat is involved (then the smelling salts come out). And without Trump running in 2020, who would the Russians have to support?

Carlos Ponce

"who would the Russians have to support?" The Russian aim in 2016 was to cast disarray into the American elections. They supported Trump, they supported Hillary. They supported Jill Stein. All to cast turmoil into the election process. And Russia was NOT the only country. That fact seems to elude the average anti-Trumper who still cry "RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA". The turmoil and disarray still continues with those who refuse to accept the results of the 2016 elections. “Foreign powers will intermeddle in our affairs, and spare no expence to influence them. Persons having foreign attachments will be sent among us & insinuated into our councils, in order to be made instruments for their purposes. Every one knows the vast sums laid out in Europe for secret services. ” - Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts 1787

Emile Pope

More garbage. Russia supported trump and trump only. And were totally against Hillary Clinton. Their support of Stein was just to take votes away from Hillary Clinton. Get your facts right...

Carlos Ponce

Emile, your ignorance does not astound me. Even Mueller in yesterday's hearing added that Russia put out propaganda to aid Hillary. But he did not mention Jill Stein.

Emile Pope

Wish I could say the same...

Carlos Ponce

From House Intelligence Committee Hearing Transcript: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-of-robert-s-mueller-iiis-testimony-before-the-house-intelligence-committee/2019/07/24/f424acf0-ad97-11e9-a0c9-6d2d7818f3da_story.html?utm_term=.75db8486b366 HIMES: Director, who did the Russian social media campaign ultimately intend to benefit, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? MUELLER: Donald Trump. HIMES: The second operation, Director - MUELLER: Let me just say Donald Trump, but there were instances where Hillary Clinton was subject to much the same behavior.

Carlos Ponce

"A 37-page indictment resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation shows that Russian nationals and businesses also worked to boost the campaigns of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Green party nominee Jill Stein in an effort to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton." https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/17/indictment-russians-also-tried-help-bernie-sanders-jill-stein-presidential-campaigns/348051002/

Randy Chapman

Well Emile, it just goes to show you that the Ruskies are smarter than you thought they were. They supported the correct team! [tongue]

David Hardee

Freeman’s clever title for his diatribe on the administration of President Trump is immediate insight to a mind distorted with intent to deceive. As much as the title is misleading the article has such a narrow scope it is without value. To portray the SWAMP as individuals shuffling in and out of an administration is akin to evaluating a society by judging one individual at a time. The SWAMP is not any individual, group, party, administration or country. The SWAMP is that systemic corruption preventing the society (collective) from being moral, ethical, and honest and trust worthy at the core. The evolution toward a better society requires harsh standards and constant scrutiny especially applied to those in leadership. Against those harsh standards the innate nature of humans to be self serving very few can overcome the temptations of power and privilege. Constantly coming forth are Idealist with aspirations of self-less service to society and eventually they frequently fail. When in the democratic society the harsh standards and scrutiny cease to exist the SWAMP is all of us. President Trump is an evolution without a revolution. It is the SWAMP draining process that is painful. It is painful especially to those in leadership positions and their constituents (enablers) depending on the largess being pandered. No human is without flaw. President Trump is human and flawed. His past tells the story of a self motivated desire to achieve results and acquire fame and fortune. In the private sector those are admirable. His vitality and ability to cope with the relentless assaults from the SWAMP are envied by those many constituents. Those constituents mostly known as the “silent majority” are slowly developing the courage from his example to speak out and even debate. These “silent majority” sheltered by the secrecy of voting spoke to “drain the SWAMP” in 2016 surprise. Trump’s narcissism, combativeness and rude retorts are refreshing compared to the sneaky, liberal pandering. Mr. Freeman castigating only the REPUBLICAN’s SWAMP is another narrow product from a progressive liberal partisan enabler.

Emile Pope

A long diatribe full of falsehoods, excuses, and hypocrisy. Took all of that time to say nothing at all...

David Hardee

Pope the quip-er.

Carlos Ponce

Emile, just admit if you did not understand the reading. [whistling]

Gary Miller

Emile. Every thing you will never learn because you already know every thing worth knowing.

David Hardee

Stay strong Gary. The creatures in the mud are beginning to cannibalize each other. Read "I Claudius". the tale of how the cripple stuttering Claudius (accidental Emperor as the result of assassination) resurrected from the reign of despicable pervert Caligula a society in the decline. Unfortunately his son was Nero.

Gary Miller

David. A well thought out writ. No progressive will read it all or understand the little they read.

Dan Freeman

Interesting summary of a business ethics course, except the last two sentences.

Diane Turski

The public needs to see the testimony from witnesses during an impeachment hearing. The public testimony is what finally proved too damning for even the Republicans to continue supporting Nixon during the Watergate hearings.

Carlos Ponce

An impeachment hearing will lead Trump to a landslide victory in 2020. Go for it!

Gary Miller

Big win without impeachment or landslide after impeachment? Same result.

Mike Zeller

How bout that Trump Red Wave in 2018. Oh! wait, never mind.

Carlos Ponce

No Dems won statewide in 2018, no Dems won in Galveston County. Republicans won Senate seats and lost less Congressional seats than the norm for the party in power. No wonder why you write, "never mind!"

Carl Hungus

You watch too much tv, stop regurgitating what you hear Hannity say. That’s what mindless trump hummers do...

Carlos Ponce

Hannity is okay but not the only source of information. Not "mindless" but INFORMED. "Mindless" are those who oppose truth.

Mike Meador

Dan Freeman is an occasional, demoncratic for The Daily News.

Carl Hungus

Well said Dan! Trump is not right for this country of a unified front.

Stuart Crouch

Preach on, my good brother! Tick tock.....:)

Michelle Aycoth

Some wittle Democrats got their feelings hurt after the herrings did not go their way. Mr. Aycoth

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