Dec. 14, 2018

Trump and His Oath of Office

By Marc Platt
 
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
 
Here is what we know...
1. Flynn flipped very quickly after leaving the administration.
2. Flynn worked for Turkey and wanted to have a US resident returned to Turkey for a fee from Turkey.
3. Cohen flipped quickly after getting raided by the FBI.
Gates flipped and turned on his boss Manafort rather quickly after he left the Trump orbit.
4. Jared and Ivanka pressured Trump to fire Comey.
5. Pence was "In Charge" of the Trump Transition team, yet pleads total ignorance when questioned about anything having to do with the transition.
6. Trump directed Cohen to make payments to women he slipt with who were not named Melania Trump while he was married to Melania Trump just weeks before the 2016 Presidential election.
7. Trump was present with David Pecker and Michael Cohen in the late summer of 2015 when the decision to "Catch and Kill" stories with potential women who could come out during the election claiming they had affairs with Donald J. Trump.
8. Rudy Giuliani was a part of the 2016 Presidential campaign. He spoke at the convention. He went on air to defend Trump during the election.
9. Jared Kushner has had business dealings with many different countries that appear to be in direct conflict of his job.
10. Donald Jr. participated in the dissemination of information about Hillary Clinton in 2016 that helped to get his father elected. There is corroboration that Don Jr. had links to HRC emails and at the least gave that info to his father who had no problem using Twitter to publicize the negative information on his opponent.
11. Roger Stone never left the Trump orbit and played a major part in coordinating nefarious deeds to get Trump elected.
 
Trump may or may not have won the 2016 election with all this help, but I am reasonable certain that Robert Mueller and his team will present McConnell, Schumer and Pelosi all the evidence that supports these and many other things in the next few months. Whether they offer Trump a deal, that is another matter.
 
The question of "Indicting" a sitting US President is not settled matter. If Trump has been indicted "Under Seal," there is no statute of limitations for that day he finally leaves office. This is a fact that would make a deal and a possible pardon more attractive to the man who has only done his best to try and stay out of the slammer.
 
I would find it very difficult to believe that Donald J. Trump has upheld his oath of office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."