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    One of my favorite songs performed by Ray Charles is "Georgia on my mind".

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-white-house-correspondents-dinner-rally-a8858071.html

    Another version that is worth listening to is the version that Usher sang at the White House in 2016:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c___lKiO1Bo

    By the way, Obama is also a huge Ray Charles fan. At the same gathering, he and Usher sang together on stage:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E9-crsKJVI

    Tomorrow, Mark Kelly will be sworn in as the 48th senator, replacing March McSally, who was appointed to complete John McCain's term after she LOST her previous bid to Kyrsten Sinema. Like Trump, she is a two time loser, if you are counting the popular vote. The last time that Arizona had two Democratic senators was 1946, when Ernest McFarland and Carl Hayden were both in office.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_senators_from_Arizona

    The current senatorial races in Georgia have been very close and will be settled in a run-off election on January 5.

    A poll average done by 270 to win shows Ossoff with a narrow lead over Perdue.

    https://www.270towin.com/2020-senate-polls/georgia/

    Real Cleat Politics polls show that Pastor Warnock has a more substantial lead over Loeffler.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/senate/ga/georgia_senate_special_election_open_primary-7069.html#!

    If you have been following this election closely, may have notices that both Perdue and Loeffler have recently been involved in insider trading controversies.

    Loeffler and Perdue have released a panicky statement demanding that Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State resign immediately. In other words, Loeffler and Perdue don’t think they can win the runoff elections fair and square. They’re pinning their hopes on getting Georgia’s Secretary of State to resign, and hoping that his replacement will be more corrupt. But there’s no reason to believe the Secretary of State will resign just because these two turds said mean things about him.

    Meanwhile, Kelly Loeffler’s coronavirus insider trading scandal just got even worse. David Perdue also appears to have criminal exposure in the insider trading scandal. The irony is that after Trump isn’t there to protect them anymore, Loeffler and Perdue could both eventually end up going to prison.

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/gop-senators-kelly-loeffler-and-david-perdue-hit-the-panic-button-ahead-of-georgia-runoff-elections/33893/

    If both Warnock and Ossoff win, the makeup of the senate becomes 50-50, with Kamala Harris becoming the tie breaker vote.

    Both of the Democrats will be getting help from an unexpected source this week, since Trump is planning to visit the state on December 5. The general consensus is that Trump's appearance will hurt, rather than help, the incumbent Republican senators, and he did not do them any favors when he criticized Brian Kemp a few days ago.

    https://nypost.com/2020/11/26/trump-says-hes-heading-to-georgia-to-campaign-for-gop-senators/

    The Daily Kos had several comments about the last paragraph this morning:

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/12/1/1999140/-Morning-Digest-Trump-takes-aim-at-another-disloyal-governor-and-may-foment-a-primary-challenge

    Donald Trump's hostility toward yet another sitting Republican governor once again risks begetting yet another primary challenge: In a bonkers interview on Fox News on Sunday (which reporters for actual news outlets slammed as "propaganda"), Trump complained bitterly that Gov. Brian Kemp hadn't sought to overturn the results of Georgia's elections and moaned, "I'm ashamed that I endorsed him."

    That outburst led the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein to suggest that it "appears increasingly possible" a fellow Republican might seek to unseat Kemp in 2022, adding that "perhaps" outgoing Rep. Doug Collins could be the one to do it. Collins already lost his own challenge to a sitting GOP office-holder this year when he fell 6 points short of squeezing past Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the first round of Georgia's special election for the Senate. But Collins remains a favorite of Trump, who tapped him to lead his recount team in the state.

    You may remember Collins from the House impeachment trial:

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    I don't think Polls are reliable at this point. Not after this past election. That being said, here's a tik tok user's take on an oldie but goodie.
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    Polls were not reliable regarding Trump because there is no logic to support the unexplained, compelling attraction people had for Trump. They loved him and then had to lie to cover their embarrassment. When polled people lied about supporting Trump because they had no explanation for supporting an obvious liar. The first words out of Trumps mouth as a candidate in 2015 were that he was against raising the minimum wage be cause he wanted to keep American wages low and competitive. About 10 days later he came out with "Lots of good paying jobs." He can, will and does lie as fast as he can to stay in the spotlight.

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    You know Trump supporters are very interesting to me. In general, in terms of their temperament, they all tend to kind of have a negative outlook towards all of society in general. Much like your average republican. Only, they are super stoked because I think he says in public the things they only have the guts to say in private. He's their champion. And as to the folks that lie to the pollsters, I wonder. It could be an extremely significant number did. But Trump got like ten million more votes then he did in 2016. I just don't know if any one thing explains that. All I know is that in general polls need to be viewed with circumspection.
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    Yes I agree that Trump is an accomplished liar, and after four years, his base believes every lie and conspiracy theory that he has tweeted or planted in his rallies. However to put things in perspective, his percentage of the popular vote increased only slightly from 2016 largely because the 3rd party candidates were a non-factor compared to 2016. Here's some statistics to ponder:

    2016 total popular vote count: 136.7 million, Trump 63.0 million (46.1 %), Clinton 65.9 million (48.2%), 3rd party 7.8 million (5.7%)

    2020 total popular vote count: 158.1 million, Trump 74.1 million (46.9%), Biden 81.1 million (51.3%), 3rd party 2.9 million (1.8%)

    Trump only increased his percent of the popular vote by 0.8 percent, whereas Biden increased his percent over Clinton in 2016 by 2.9 percent. The 3rd party candidates largely responsible for Trump's victory in 2016 (protest votes) went from 5.7% in 2016 to just 1.8% in 2020. Most of that difference went to Biden.

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    Trump’s former lawyer Sidney Powell illustrated the growing divide between Trump supporters and the Republican Party when, after insisting that Trump lost in Georgia because the voting machines there are not secure, she urged voters to boycott January’s runoff Senate elections in the state. Those elections will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

    There are enough crazy Trump supporters that take her word seriously that the Democrats now have an even better chance of winning both of the senate seats.

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    The Daily Caller was founded by Tucker Carlson and Neil and Patel in 2010, so you know that its opinions are going to be conservative. However, an article that the paper published on November 30 points out the fact that the Republican candidates in Georgia are in deep trouble.

    One paragraph sums up the race very well:

    Donald Trump lost in Georgia despite having a passionate following in the state. Unelected Senator Kelly Loeffler and Senator David Perdue do not have a particularly passionate backing, which puts them in an even worse position. While Donald Trump has an incredible talent at connecting with working class rural white Americans despite being a Manhattan socialite, Loeffler and Perdue are disconnected from those demographics. Both are among the wealthiest members of the Senate. They were both briefed about COVID-19, and could at the very least infer about the impending economic doom that awaited many Americans. Instead of suffering through it like the hair salon owner in Augusta or the tow truck operator in Dalton, they sold off millions in stock.

    The last paragraph is a gem:

    The momentum of this race is swinging toward Democrats. The nail in the coffin for the two Republican candidates could be Donald Trump himself. No one galvanized Democratic voters, not Kamala Harris, not Joe Biden, not even the Obamas, like Trump. Democratic voters want to rid themselves of the stench of Trump’s divisiveness and will turn out one last time. David Perdue won’t even defend himself on the debate stage. Perdue is chicken.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/11/30/nichols-democrats-will-prevail-in-the-georgia-senate-runoffs/

    The Bipartisan Report also had a few telling comments:

    Senator Loeffler (R-GA) is the richest senator in the Senate, but she came across as another entitled Secretary of Education Betsy DeVoss during her debate. The relative newcomer was appointed when Sonny Isaacson retired. She debated Raphael Warnock (D-GA) live Sunday evening prior to their January 5 runoff election. To say that she was a dud might be an overstatement.

    Her frozen demeanor was uncomfortable to watch as she repeated that her opponent was “radical liberal” Warnock — 14 times . It hurt to watch her performance of personal attacks rather than substantive issues. Clearly, she had not gained her political footing. One individual tweeted that she was using her position in the Senate and the coronavirus to further enrich herself.

    Incumbent Senator David Perdue (R-GA) refused to participate in the debate with Jon Ossoff (D-GA). So, that left Ossoff to debate an empty podium in the equivalent of a 30-minute political ad.

    https://bipartisanreport.com/2020/12/06/kelly-leoffler-gets-dunked-on-during-sunday-night-debate/


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    The two Democratic candidates in the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia each raised more than $100 million in the past two months — huge sums that put them ahead of their Republican opponents in closely watched races that will determine control of Congress's upper chamber.

    Democrat Jon Ossoff raised almost $107 million, while his Republican opponent, Sen. David Perdue took in $68 million, according to Federal Election Commission reports made public Thursday night.

    Democrat Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, raised $103 million while his opponent, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, raised nearly $64 million, the filings show.

    The filings cover the period between Oct. 15 and Dec. 16, including a portion of the general election and six weeks of the runoff. They provide a snapshot of a race that has attracted national attention and, as was made clear Thursday, hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign cash.

    Nearly half of the campaign haul for the two Democratic candidates came from people donating less than $200. Donations from such small-dollar givers made up 29 percent of Loeffler's haul and 25 percent of Perdue's.

    Trump made an appearance in Valdosta, Ga., earlier this month and is planning another visit on the eve of Election Day. He has encouraged Republicans to vote despite questioning the integrity of the state’s election system with baseless claims of fraud. Vice President Pence has made a half-dozen visits to the state, often favoring outdoor events at airports and using Air Force Two as a backdrop.

    Barack Obama appeared at a virtual get-out-the-vote event, and both Biden and Harris have made appearances, stressing to supporters that a pair of Democratic victories would curb Republican obstruction in the Senate and help the new president make sweeping changes Democrats have long advocated.

    Obama has cited his own experience while president as proof: With the help of a Democratic-controlled Senate, his administration and Congress were able to enact the Affordable Care Act. But Democratic gains stopped once Republicans had control of the Senate.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/georgia-runoffs-fundraising/2020/12/25/e6d9c4f4-451c-11eb-a277-49a6d1f9dff1_story.html

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    Aren't you getting sick of this country? Also Trump is busy with "money raising"; the outside world looks at amazement at this country that everything can be "bought". Ridiculous that "money' should determine who wins. Absurd for sure.

    Yes this country will go down the drain for sure if it continues on this path. Get the "money" out of elections neither Presidents should not be able to raise money to fill their pockets especially when they are "fired".

    Crazier than hell for sure; people with "brains" never will rise to the top because "money" here determines who wins. You can't get any sicker than that; bring 10 barf buckets please.

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    Trump never really got out of business. Sure, he handed day-to-day management of his companies to his children, like a lot of tycoons who get preoccupied with other interests late in life. But the president held onto ownership of his assets after taking office, ensuring that he would continue to generate money while serving in the White House. From 2017 to 2019, the president’s businesses raked in an estimated $1.9 billion of revenue.

    Some of his supporters will point out the fact that he drew no salary during his time in office. To that I say, "horsepuckey".

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2020/09/11/trumps-businesses-raked-in-19-billion-of-revenue-during-his-first-three-years-in-office/?sh=fb6c63d1e137

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    A federal judge on Monday ordered two Georgia counties to reverse a decision removing thousands of voters from the rolls ahead of Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate.

    The counties seemed to have improperly relied on unverified change-of-address data to invalidate registrations, the judge, Leslie Abrams Gardner, said in her order filed late on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

    “Defendants are enjoined from removing any challenged voters in Ben Hill and Muscogee Counties from the registration lists on the basis of National Change of Address data,” Gardner wrote in the order. The judge is the sister of Democratic activist Stacey Abrams, who lost a race for Georgia governor in 2018. Gardner has declined to recuse herself from the case.

    The bulk of the registrations that the counties sought to rescind, more than 4,000 of them, were in Muscogee County, which U.S. President-elect Joe Biden won handily in November, Politico reported.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/judge-halts-voter-purge-georgia-counties_n_5feb4277c5b6ff7479842995?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013§ion=politics

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    Arizona, All the way to the crazy house. I've never seen in any country on this globe where they "mess" so much with elections, besides Venezula and may be Italy. It seems to be the national hobby to play this game. I guess there is no shame at all, because "money" is the "god" here, not "brains". How can an country recover from all of that? I guess never because things here stay corrupt because it is part of the culture here. It is "baked" in and impossible to remove, especially if the base laws are about 300 years old and don't get updated as it should.

    The two Trump idiots,who are running there are now all of a sudden using the "bait" of $2ooo to get elected; of course the "poor" people will go for that in Georgia. Can you imagine if they win and McConnell stays, then Biden may as well quit. In the end then actually Trump wins and managed to torpedo Biden all the way. I guess the Dem's are too stupid to realize that.

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    Trump called Georgia Secretary of State on Saturday, and spent nearly an hour on the phone with him, in an attempt to have Raffenbergeer 11,780 votes so that he could win Georgia. According to legal scholars, Trump's call was a flagrant abuse of power, and a potential criminal act.

    The purpose of the call, though, wasn't really about Trump winning Georgia..

    During their conversation, Trump issued a vague threat to both Raffensperger and Ryan Germany, the secretary of state’s general counsel, suggesting that if they don’t find that thousands of ballots in Fulton County have been illegally destroyed to block investigators - an allegation for which there is no evidence - they would be subject to criminal liability.

    “That’s a criminal offense,” he said. “And you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer.”

    Trump also told Raffensperger that failure to act by Tuesday would jeopardize the political fortunes of David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, Georgia’s two Republican senators whose fate in that day’s runoff elections will determine control of the U.S. Senate.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/03/nation/extraordinary-hour-long-call-trump-pressures-georgia-secretary-state-recalculate-vote-his-favor/?et_rid=813052022&s_campaign=todaysheadlines:newsletter

    Wisely, Raffensperger apparently recorded the call, keeping it handy in case Trump misrepresented it publicly. Sunday morning, Trump did exactly that, tweeting: “I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballots under table’ scam, ballot destruction, out of state ‘voters’, dead voters, and more. He has no clue!” Raffensperger retweeted the president’s accusation with the comment: “Respectfully, President Trump: What you're saying is not true. The truth will come out.”

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Washington Post both obtained a recording of the conversation and published news of the call this afternoon, revealing that Trump had asked Raffensperger to “find” the 11,800 votes Trump needed to win Georgia. In the hour-long call, the president rambled through the conspiracy theories about the election—all of which have been debunked—seeming to believe them. He insisted that there was simply no way he could have lost in Georgia, and cited the size of his rallies there as proof. Trump asked Raffensperger to adjust Georgia’s vote to give the election to Trump by a single vote, telling him that he could just say that he had recalculated.

    University of Georgia Law Professor Anthony Michael Kreis told Politico reporters Allie Bice, Kyle Cheney, Anita Kumar, and Zach Montellaro that it is against the law in Georgia for anyone to “solicit” or “request” election fraud. “There’s just no way that… he has not violated this law,” Kreis said. Michael R. Bromwich, former inspector general of the Department of Justice, tweeted that “unless there are portions of the tape that somehow negate criminal intent,” Trump’s “best defense would be insanity.”

    (Yesterday. George Conway helpfully tweeted for the president -- and whoever is acting as his lawyer these days -- the relevant penalties for attempting or proposing fraud.

    According to 52 U.S.C § 20511(2)(B): "A person, including an election official, who in any election for Federal office- knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process, by- (A) the procurement or submission of voter registration applications that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held; or
    (B) the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held, shall be fined in accordance with title 18 (which fines shall be paid into the general fund of the Treasury, miscellaneous receipts (pursuant to section 3302 of title 31), notwithstanding any other law), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.")

    In view of the fact that most mental health experts agree that Trump is nuts, that is actually a valid argument.

    The only more thorough attack on our democracy would involve the military and, not coincidentally, tonight all ten living former defense secretaries, including two who served under Trump, signed a letter to the Washington Post reiterating that the military should not be involved in determining the outcome of an election. They warned that any efforts to involve the military in an election dispute “would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory,” and noted that any civilian or military official who either directs or carries out an order to get involved in an election “would be accountable, including potentially facing criminal penalties, for the grave consequences of their actions on our republic.”

    HCR published a lengthy letter last night with some of the comments above, but she also added a lot more points as well.

    https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-3-2021

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    Arizona, sorry I wrote about that last night, why did you not post that under mine? Quote:

    Heading: "Impeach Trump or have him resign now"

    Right now certain people find that trump should be "impeached" again; especially about his phone call of an hour to the Georgia heads of State to help him to overturn the election with scrapping about all the vote difference by which Biden won there. Certain people find that an "criminal act" and since the "transfer" is already january the 20th, then there is no time to "impeach"the idiot.

    So the other solution is to draft an "article" stating that he can't run in 2024 because of his "crimes" committed now.

    Also as an suggestion for an penalty is to not give him an"government" pension or other benefits like "secret service" protection after he leaves.

    However the weak Adam Schiff found it "deplorable" but not an "crime"; wake up Dem's you are being screwed over by Trump and his cronies; show some backbone for a change!!

    It was suggested by an solid Democrat WITH BRAINS to have him resign now, because of "treason' and "bribery "attempts. Nixon did have to resign for less.

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    We're all familiar with the story of the Nixon White House tapes.

    What just happened on Saturday means that are similarities between Trump and Nixon;

    1) Nixon initially refused to release the tapes, for two reasons: first, that the Constitutional principle of executive privilege extends to the tapes and citing the separation of powers and checks and balances within the Constitution, and second, claiming they were vital to national security. On October 19, 1973, he offered a compromise; Nixon proposed that U.S. Senator John C. Stennis review and summarize the tapes for accuracy and report his findings to the special prosecutor's office. Special prosecutor Archibald Cox refused the compromise and on Saturday, October 20, 1973, Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson refused and resigned instead, then Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus was asked to fire Cox but refused and was subsequently fired. Solicitor General and acting head of the Justice Department Robert Bork fired Cox. Nixon appointed Leon Jaworski special counsel on November 1, 1973.

    When the Mueller report was released William Barr provided a 4 page summary of the 400+ page report, which Robert Mueller later stated did not accurately reflect the report's findings. Trump, you may recall, tried to fire Mueller twice.

    Under Trump, the Saturday night massacre has turned into the Friday night massacre - and they all happened after the news cycle of the day had shut down.

    On Friday, February 7, 2020, he fired Lt. Col Alexander Vindman and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sundland, both of whom had testified against Trump in the House impeachment hearings.

    On Friday, May 18, 2020, Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

    On Friday, August 8, 2020, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy fired two of his top executives, and reassigned 23 others.

    On Friday, December 18 (a week for Christmas) former CISA Deputy Director Matthew Travis and top cybersecurity official Bryan Ware resigned after being asked to do so by the White House.

    Trump's massacres were not always limited to Fridays.

    James Comey was fired on Thursday, May 9, 2017.

    His successor, Andrew McCabe, was fired on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - one day before he was illegible for retirement.

    Jeff Sessions was fired on Wednesday, November 7, 2918.

    Rex Tillerson was fired on SATURDAY, March 31, 2018. He was fired by a tweet from Trump.

    Christopher Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency was fired by Trump on Tuesday, November 17. 2020

    2) What sealed Nixon's fate was the "smoking gun" tape.

    On April 11, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the tapes of 42 White House conversations. Later that month, Nixon released more than 1,200 pages of edited transcripts of the subpoenaed tapes, but refused to turn over the actual tapes, claiming executive privilege once more. The Judiciary Committee, however, rejected Nixon's edited transcripts, saying that they did not comply with the subpoena.

    (Trump offered to provide transcripts of his conversation with the Ukrainian president)

    Sirica, acting on a request from Jaworski, issued a subpoena for the tapes of 64 presidential conversations to use as evidence in the criminal cases against indicted former Nixon administration officials. Nixon refused, and Jaworski appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to force Nixon to turn over the tapes. On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to release the tapes. The 8–0 ruling (Justice William Rehnquist recused himself owing to having worked for Attorney General John Mitchell) in United States v. Nixon found that President Nixon was wrong in arguing that courts are compelled to honor, without question, any presidential claim of executive privilege.

    (Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation)

    The White House released the subpoenaed tapes on August 5. One tape, later known as the "smoking gun" tape, documented the initial stages of the Watergate coverup. On it, Nixon and H. R. Haldeman are heard formulating a plan to block investigations by having the CIA falsely claim to the FBI that national security was involved. This demonstrated both that Nixon had been told of the White House connection to the Watergate burglaries soon after they took place, and that he had approved plans to thwart the investigation. In a statement accompanying the release of the tape, Nixon accepted blame for misleading the country about when he had been told of White House involvement, stating that he had a lapse of memory.

    (One of the impeachment claims against Trump was obstruction of justice)

    Once the "smoking gun" transcript was made public, Nixon's political support practically vanished. The ten Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee who had voted against impeachment in committee announced that they would now vote for impeachment once the matter reached the House floor. He lacked substantial support in the Senate as well; Barry Goldwater and Hugh Scott estimated no more than 15 Senators were willing to even consider acquittal. Facing certain impeachment in the House of Representatives and equally certain conviction in the Senate, Nixon announced his resignation on the evening of Thursday, August 8, 1974, effective as of noon the next day

    Since Trump's conversation with Raffensperger is now on tape, could it become Trump's "smoking gun" tape?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_White_House_tapes

    According to Jennifer Rubin this morning, what Trump just did is commit ANOTHER impeachable offense.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/01/03/its-impeachable-its-likely-illegal-its-coup/