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Well over a year after the FBI began investigating “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought in his first major indictment.

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with a series of crimes dating back years, though none is tied directly to President Donald Trump or 2016.

With a leak to CNN that indictments were coming, Mueller’s office stole the weekend headlines. This blanketed the explosive news on a separate front, as the dots began to be connected on a bipartisan plot to bring down Trump that began two years ago.

And like “Murder of the Orient Express,” it seems almost everyone on the train had a hand in the plot.

The narrative begins in October 2015.

Then it was that the Washington Free Beacon, a neocon website, engaged a firm of researchers called Fusion GPS to do deep dirt-diving into Trump’s personal and professional life — and take him out.

A spinoff of Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard, the Beacon is run by his son-in-law. And its Daddy Warbucks is the GOP oligarch and hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer.

From October 2015 to May 2016, Fusion GPS dug up dirt for the neocons and never-Trumpers. By May, however, Trump had routed all rivals and was the certain Republican nominee.

So the Beacon bailed, and Fusion GPS found two new cash cows to finance its dirt-diving — the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

To keep the sordid business at arm’s length, both engaged the party’s law firm of Perkins Coie. Paid $12.4 million by the DNC and Clinton campaign, Perkins used part of this cash hoard to pay Fusion GPS.

Here is where it begins to get interesting.

In June 2016, Fusion GPS engaged a British spy, Christopher Steele, who had headed up the Russia desk at MI6, to ferret out any connections between Trump and Russia.

Steele began contacting old acquaintances in the FSB, the Russian intelligence service. And the Russians began to feed him astonishing dirt on Trump that could, if substantiated, kill his candidacy.

Among the allegations was that Trump had consorted with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel, that the Kremlin was blackmailing him, that there was provable collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In memos from June to October 2016, Steele passed this on to Fusion GPS, which passed it on to major U.S. newspapers. But as the press was unable to verify it, they declined to publish it.

Steele’s final product, a 35-page dossier, has been described as full of “unsubstantiated and salacious allegations.”

Steele’s research, however, had also made its way to James Comey’s FBI, which was apparently so taken with it that the bureau considered paying Steele to continue his work.

About this “astonishing” development, columnist Byron York of the Washington Examiner quotes Sen. Chuck Grassley:

ORDER IT NOW

“The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for president in the run-up to the election raises … questions about the FBI’s independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration’s use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends.”

The questions begin to pile up.

What was the FBI’s relationship with the British spy who was so wired into Russian intelligence?

Did the FBI use the information Steele dug up to expand its own investigation of Russia-Trump “collusion”? Did the FBI pass what Steele unearthed to the White House and the National Security Council?

Did the Obama administration use the information from the Steele dossier to justify unmasking the names of Trump officials that had been picked up on legitimate electronic intercepts?

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed they did not know that Perkins Coie had enlisted Fusion GPA or the British spy to dig up dirt on Trump.

Yet, when Podesta testified, the lawyer sitting beside him in the committee room was Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, who had engaged Fusion GPS and received the fruits of Steele’s undercover work.

Here one is tempted to cite Bismarck that, if you wish to enjoy politics or sausages, you should not inquire too closely how they are made.

Thus we have Free Beacon neocons, never-Trump Republicans, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, a British spy and comrades in Russian intelligence, and perhaps the FBI, all working with secret money and seedy individuals to destroy a candidate they could not defeat in a free election.

If future revelations demonstrate that this is what went down, it is not only the White House that has major problems.

If you wish to know why Americans detest politics and hate the “swamp” that has been made of their capital city, follow this story all the way to its inevitable end. It will be months of unfolding.

The real indictment here is of the American political system, and the true tragedy is the decline of the Old Republic.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. The investigation of the particular council Robert Mueller was a biased trial from the beginning. The people who should be under investigation and indicated are Obama, “crooked Hillary,” Comey, and all the other little crooks such as Podesta et al. Don’t forget, Muller is a Clinton stooge and his so-called investigation team is full of Clintonites. Paul Manafort’s made-up indictment will be Mueller’s last shot because Manafort’s business with the former Ukrainian president was his job as a lobbyist. That he forgot to pay the adequate amount of taxes from his huge “income” happens all the time. But the real scandal rests with the DNC and the Clinton mafia.

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  2. KenH says:

    A spinoff of Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard, the Beacon is run by his son-in-law. And its Daddy Warbucks is the GOP oligarch and hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer.

    Lo and behold the trail leads right back to Jews. I’m shocked.

    If they were worried Trump would stray from neoconservative fundamentalism and put American interests over Israel’s they can rest easy as Trump was stricken with amnesia shortly after taking office and on Middle East policy he’s as much a Likudnik as Bibi.

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  3. Vinteuil says:

    TPTB have decided to destroy Trump, just as they once destroyed Nixon – & damn the consequences. These people will stop at nothing.

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  4. Virgile says:

    The Russian were more than happy to pass these fake salacious information to Steele. They knew a)t that they were so far fetched, ridiculous and absurd that no one would take them seriously
    b) that ultimately it would make Trump appear as the victim of a bad people and DNC machination, thus triggering public sympathy.
    The Russians wanted Trump to be elected and this report that was debunked is certainly helping Trump to stay on.
    The dirt is now in the DNC camp.
    Russia Intelligence: well done!

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  5. Kevin C. says:

    raises … questions about the FBI’s independence from politics,

    Of course the FBI isn’t “independent” of politics. No seat or institution of power remains unpoliticized for long in a democracy.

    If future revelations demonstrate that this is what went down, it is not only the White House that has major problems.

    How so? Doesn’t it just illustrate that “Free Beacon neocons, never-Trump Republicans, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, a British spy and comrades in Russian intelligence, and perhaps the FBI, all working with secret money and seedy individuals” and the whole “Swamp” is a massive juggernaut that doesn’t care what the common people think (because they have no reason to care, since there’s nothing “We the People” can do about it), and who ultimately hold power and get their way regardless of who wins in a free election?

    If you wish to know why Americans detest politics and hate the “swamp” that has been made of their capital city, follow this story all the way to its inevitable end.

    You mean where the Left, via their uncontestable control of the elite power centers of American society, spin this nothingburger into the removal of Trump from office? Thereby establishing that the People’s rebuke to the ruling class in the form of electing Trump means naught, and that any future such rebuke attempts will also be overridden; that they alone are in charge, and there’s nothing we powerless masses can do about it.

    The real indictment here is of the American political system, and the true tragedy is the decline of the Old Republic.

    The “Old Republic” has been dead for awhile (in my view, its decline into the current morass was baked in from the very beginning, and the “Revolution” was a mistake). And there’s nothing any of us can do to change things.

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    So if we stayed with King George all would be well? Or do you think the Articles of Confederation could have survived the War of 1812?
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  6. The Old Republic, the Republic of the founders was destroyed by Lincoln’s war. What we are watching now is the slow death of Lincoln’s Republic.

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    Before the 17th amendment, there was no such thing as a US republic.

    Before the 17th was enacted, US Senators were appointed by state legislators, not elected by the people as required in a true republic.

    Also, no where in the US constitution does it ever specify the US is a republic.

    Only state governments are specified in the constitution to be republican:

    Article 4, Section 4 :

    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

    http://constitutionus.com/


    The 9th and 10th amendments make it clear the US is not a republic, where all unlisted powers are specified to be reserved to the states and the people.
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  7. @Quartermaster
    The Old Republic, the Republic of the founders was destroyed by Lincoln's war. What we are watching now is the slow death of Lincoln's Republic.

    Before the 17th amendment, there was no such thing as a US republic.

    Before the 17th was enacted, US Senators were appointed by state legislators, not elected by the people as required in a true republic.

    Also, no where in the US constitution does it ever specify the US is a republic.

    Only state governments are specified in the constitution to be republican:

    Article 4, Section 4 :

    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

    http://constitutionus.com/

    The 9th and 10th amendments make it clear the US is not a republic, where all unlisted powers are specified to be reserved to the states and the people.

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    • Replies: @KenH

    Before the 17th was enacted, US Senators were appointed by state legislators, not elected by the people as required in a true republic.
     
    But the lower chamber (House of Representatives) and the president are elected by the people and always have been. Where is it written that federal Senators must be elected by popular vote to be considered a "true" republic?

    Benjamin Franklin said ours was a republic only if we could keep it.

    Early America seems to meet the textbook definition of republic:
    a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/republic

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  8. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Its interesting that those Trump hater Hillary supporters have not heard about Free Beacon or the name of Sheldon.

    They will never hear . This is where the MSM comes to play their part.
    People know about Curveball , meeting at Prague, Hydrogen balloon and Aluminum tube and FOX channel spews the image of Iranian centrifuge and North Korean missile.

    Before any indictment of anybody, these MSM be indicted and thrown out of existence

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  9. BigD says:

    Well Pat, let’s remember Clinton being impeached by congress for a blow job! republicans are a joke.

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    He was impeached for lying under oath.
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  10. KenH says:
    @Joe Franklin
    Before the 17th amendment, there was no such thing as a US republic.

    Before the 17th was enacted, US Senators were appointed by state legislators, not elected by the people as required in a true republic.

    Also, no where in the US constitution does it ever specify the US is a republic.

    Only state governments are specified in the constitution to be republican:

    Article 4, Section 4 :

    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

    http://constitutionus.com/


    The 9th and 10th amendments make it clear the US is not a republic, where all unlisted powers are specified to be reserved to the states and the people.

    Before the 17th was enacted, US Senators were appointed by state legislators, not elected by the people as required in a true republic.

    But the lower chamber (House of Representatives) and the president are elected by the people and always have been. Where is it written that federal Senators must be elected by popular vote to be considered a “true” republic?

    Benjamin Franklin said ours was a republic only if we could keep it.

    Early America seems to meet the textbook definition of republic:
    a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/republic

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    Context is everything.

    Ben Franklin was likely referring to his state government not the US federal government.

    A republic is by definition the election of government representatives by the people, not appointed by legislators.

    Your dictionary definition is modern revisionism and not accurate.

    More evidence that the US government is not a republic is the election of the US president by the electoral college, not by the people.

    Then of course there is the 10th amendment again which clearly states that the US federal government has very limited delegated powers, again unlike a true republic which has unlimited law making power.
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  11. neocons, Republicans, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, a British spy and comrades in Russian intelligence, and perhaps the FBI, all working with secret money and seedy individuals… that is, CIA.

    Trump needs a Schlesinger to go in there saying, “I’m here to make sure you don’t screw Dick Nixon,” so to speak, keep them on the back foot with all their accumulated crimes of concern to the international community. Get another tranche of family jewels. Letting go of the JFK coup records was a start, but only a start. Compile felony BWATA violations, universal-jurisdiction systematic and widespread torture and murder with JSOC death squads and drones, gun-running, drug trafficking, child trafficking at Penn State and UNL by Warren Award winner Graham Spanier. Cut a swathe through the knuckle-draggers’ ranks, zero out their budget, extradite a few. Otherwise Melania is going to be fielding pieces of Trump’s occiput.

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  12. TTSSYF says:
    @BigD
    Well Pat, let's remember Clinton being impeached by congress for a blow job! republicans are a joke.

    He was impeached for lying under oath.

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    He was impeached for lying under oath.

    Yes, and it had nothing to do with his actions as President or Whitewater. It was a purgery trap asking him questions Starr already knew the answer to in the hope he would lie in a case that had nothing to do with the Presidency.

    The whole thing was a farce and a misuse of the very serious matter of the impeachment of a President.
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  13. MarkinLA says:
    @TTSSYF
    He was impeached for lying under oath.

    He was impeached for lying under oath.

    Yes, and it had nothing to do with his actions as President or Whitewater. It was a purgery trap asking him questions Starr already knew the answer to in the hope he would lie in a case that had nothing to do with the Presidency.

    The whole thing was a farce and a misuse of the very serious matter of the impeachment of a President.

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    would lie in a case that had nothing to do with the Presidency.
     
    Anything a President does in Oval office or in the Executive area has to do with Presidency. Getting a blow job in the Oval Office, and lying about it, may not be presidential but certainly has to with Presidency.
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  14. Politics is turning into a clown show.

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  15. @KenH

    Before the 17th was enacted, US Senators were appointed by state legislators, not elected by the people as required in a true republic.
     
    But the lower chamber (House of Representatives) and the president are elected by the people and always have been. Where is it written that federal Senators must be elected by popular vote to be considered a "true" republic?

    Benjamin Franklin said ours was a republic only if we could keep it.

    Early America seems to meet the textbook definition of republic:
    a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/republic

    Context is everything.

    Ben Franklin was likely referring to his state government not the US federal government.

    A republic is by definition the election of government representatives by the people, not appointed by legislators.

    Your dictionary definition is modern revisionism and not accurate.

    More evidence that the US government is not a republic is the election of the US president by the electoral college, not by the people.

    Then of course there is the 10th amendment again which clearly states that the US federal government has very limited delegated powers, again unlike a true republic which has unlimited law making power.

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    I'm not resting my case on a dictionary definition but a republic and a democracy are not necessarily the same thing and you might be confusing the former with the latter.

    We have, or rather had, a federalist system where states and the federal government shared power.
    State governors and government representatives are elected directly by the people as are federal house of representative members. The only exception was election of federal senators but that changed to direct vote in 1913.

    Where does it say that republics can't have a mechanism for electing a head of state such as an electoral college? As it is electors have always cast their ballots for a presidential candidate who won the popular vote in their state with perhaps a handful of exceptions over the last 125 years. They don't "appoint" a president in a vacuum and against the will of the popular vote in their respective states.

    I'm not trying to argue or play tit for tat, but just want to understand your position better as even though definitions of republic can vary the American system we had met most of the bullet points. Today we have a police state tyranny where fidelity to the Constitution and Bill of Rights is just optional for government officials. Voting is a meaningless exercise as special interest groups and donors control most of the elected representatives.
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  16. KenH says:
    @Joe Franklin
    Context is everything.

    Ben Franklin was likely referring to his state government not the US federal government.

    A republic is by definition the election of government representatives by the people, not appointed by legislators.

    Your dictionary definition is modern revisionism and not accurate.

    More evidence that the US government is not a republic is the election of the US president by the electoral college, not by the people.

    Then of course there is the 10th amendment again which clearly states that the US federal government has very limited delegated powers, again unlike a true republic which has unlimited law making power.

    I’m not resting my case on a dictionary definition but a republic and a democracy are not necessarily the same thing and you might be confusing the former with the latter.

    We have, or rather had, a federalist system where states and the federal government shared power.
    State governors and government representatives are elected directly by the people as are federal house of representative members. The only exception was election of federal senators but that changed to direct vote in 1913.

    Where does it say that republics can’t have a mechanism for electing a head of state such as an electoral college? As it is electors have always cast their ballots for a presidential candidate who won the popular vote in their state with perhaps a handful of exceptions over the last 125 years. They don’t “appoint” a president in a vacuum and against the will of the popular vote in their respective states.

    I’m not trying to argue or play tit for tat, but just want to understand your position better as even though definitions of republic can vary the American system we had met most of the bullet points. Today we have a police state tyranny where fidelity to the Constitution and Bill of Rights is just optional for government officials. Voting is a meaningless exercise as special interest groups and donors control most of the elected representatives.

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  17. MEexpert says:
    @MarkinLA
    He was impeached for lying under oath.

    Yes, and it had nothing to do with his actions as President or Whitewater. It was a purgery trap asking him questions Starr already knew the answer to in the hope he would lie in a case that had nothing to do with the Presidency.

    The whole thing was a farce and a misuse of the very serious matter of the impeachment of a President.

    would lie in a case that had nothing to do with the Presidency.

    Anything a President does in Oval office or in the Executive area has to do with Presidency. Getting a blow job in the Oval Office, and lying about it, may not be presidential but certainly has to with Presidency.

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    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    No it doesn't, and now every President has to worry about being impeached over nonsense like Trump is facing now. The endless braying by the opposition about impeachment every time the President says something they don't like. That is why you only keep it to actions the President has taken that really affect the country and people of the US.
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  18. MarkinLA says:
    @MEexpert

    would lie in a case that had nothing to do with the Presidency.
     
    Anything a President does in Oval office or in the Executive area has to do with Presidency. Getting a blow job in the Oval Office, and lying about it, may not be presidential but certainly has to with Presidency.

    No it doesn’t, and now every President has to worry about being impeached over nonsense like Trump is facing now. The endless braying by the opposition about impeachment every time the President says something they don’t like. That is why you only keep it to actions the President has taken that really affect the country and people of the US.

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    • Replies: @Hibernian
    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America's image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch. Also a bubble head like Monica Lewinsky is a security risk. As was her boyfriend Bill.
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  19. Hibernian says:
    @Kevin C.

    raises … questions about the FBI’s independence from politics,
     
    Of course the FBI isn't "independent" of politics. No seat or institution of power remains unpoliticized for long in a democracy.

    If future revelations demonstrate that this is what went down, it is not only the White House that has major problems.
     
    How so? Doesn't it just illustrate that "Free Beacon neocons, never-Trump Republicans, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, a British spy and comrades in Russian intelligence, and perhaps the FBI, all working with secret money and seedy individuals" and the whole "Swamp" is a massive juggernaut that doesn't care what the common people think (because they have no reason to care, since there's nothing "We the People" can do about it), and who ultimately hold power and get their way regardless of who wins in a free election?

    If you wish to know why Americans detest politics and hate the “swamp” that has been made of their capital city, follow this story all the way to its inevitable end.
     
    You mean where the Left, via their uncontestable control of the elite power centers of American society, spin this nothingburger into the removal of Trump from office? Thereby establishing that the People's rebuke to the ruling class in the form of electing Trump means naught, and that any future such rebuke attempts will also be overridden; that they alone are in charge, and there's nothing we powerless masses can do about it.

    The real indictment here is of the American political system, and the true tragedy is the decline of the Old Republic.
     
    The "Old Republic" has been dead for awhile (in my view, its decline into the current morass was baked in from the very beginning, and the "Revolution" was a mistake). And there's nothing any of us can do to change things.

    So if we stayed with King George all would be well? Or do you think the Articles of Confederation could have survived the War of 1812?

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  20. Hibernian says:
    @MarkinLA
    No it doesn't, and now every President has to worry about being impeached over nonsense like Trump is facing now. The endless braying by the opposition about impeachment every time the President says something they don't like. That is why you only keep it to actions the President has taken that really affect the country and people of the US.

    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America’s image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch. Also a bubble head like Monica Lewinsky is a security risk. As was her boyfriend Bill.

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    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America’s image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch

    No it doesn't. Only somebody whose head is filled up with military BS would even care. Besides, why does the military only pay attention to this "conduct unbecoming" garbage in peacetime? When was the last time anybody worth a damn in a war was discharged because of it?
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  21. MarkinLA says:
    @Hibernian
    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America's image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch. Also a bubble head like Monica Lewinsky is a security risk. As was her boyfriend Bill.

    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America’s image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch

    No it doesn’t. Only somebody whose head is filled up with military BS would even care. Besides, why does the military only pay attention to this “conduct unbecoming” garbage in peacetime? When was the last time anybody worth a damn in a war was discharged because of it?

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    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America’s image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch
     
    You must be livingin in a bubble. Military people get discharged all the time for "conduct unbecoming an officer." The two cases (Clinton and Trump) are different. Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, which is a felony.
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  22. MEexpert says:
    @MarkinLA
    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America’s image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch

    No it doesn't. Only somebody whose head is filled up with military BS would even care. Besides, why does the military only pay attention to this "conduct unbecoming" garbage in peacetime? When was the last time anybody worth a damn in a war was discharged because of it?

    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America’s image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch

    You must be livingin in a bubble. Military people get discharged all the time for “conduct unbecoming an officer.” The two cases (Clinton and Trump) are different. Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, which is a felony.

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    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    Military people get discharged all the time for “conduct unbecoming an officer.”

    Oh really, when? Got some links? Also, notice I specifically said during wartime.

    Clinton was impeached because the Republicans were morons and Starr was an asshole. Nobody disliked Clinton more than me but creating a purgery trap for a sitting President is just assinine.

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  23. MarkinLA says:
    @MEexpert

    Conduct unbecoming a Commander in Chief affects America’s image in the world and the confidence of the American people in the Executive Branch
     
    You must be livingin in a bubble. Military people get discharged all the time for "conduct unbecoming an officer." The two cases (Clinton and Trump) are different. Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, which is a felony.

    Military people get discharged all the time for “conduct unbecoming an officer.”

    Oh really, when? Got some links? Also, notice I specifically said during wartime.

    Clinton was impeached because the Republicans were morons and Starr was an asshole. Nobody disliked Clinton more than me but creating a purgery trap for a sitting President is just assinine.

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    David Petraeus' career ended because of adultery and unauthorized sharing of classified information.
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  24. Hibernian says:
    @MarkinLA
    Military people get discharged all the time for “conduct unbecoming an officer.”

    Oh really, when? Got some links? Also, notice I specifically said during wartime.

    Clinton was impeached because the Republicans were morons and Starr was an asshole. Nobody disliked Clinton more than me but creating a purgery trap for a sitting President is just assinine.

    David Petraeus’ career ended because of adultery and unauthorized sharing of classified information.

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    I really doubt the adultery had anything to do with it and we aren't really at war.
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  25. MarkinLA says:
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    David Petraeus' career ended because of adultery and unauthorized sharing of classified information.

    I really doubt the adultery had anything to do with it and we aren’t really at war.

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