Congressional privilege

From Judicial Watch:

“Adam Schiff secretly subpoenaed, without court authorization, the phone records of Rudy Giuliani and then published the phone records of innocent Americans, including President Trump’s lawyers, a member of Congress, and a journalist. And now a federal court ruled today that Schiff, or any member of Congress can’t be held accountable for this unprecedented and potentially criminal abuse of power. Every American should be concerned about a ruling that suggests Congress has unlimited power to take and publish their private phone records!”

Judicial Watch Response to Court Ruling In Favor of ‘Absolute’ Secrecy for Rep. Schiff’s Phone Subpoenas Targeting President Trump

The court threw the case out of court on the basis of sovereign immunity.

https://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Memorandum-Opinion-Adam-Schiff.pdf

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15 thoughts on “Congressional privilege”

  1. MJBubba:
    From Judicial Watch:

    “Adam Schiff secretly subpoenaed, without court authorization, the phone records of Rudy Giuliani and then published the phone records of innocent Americans, including President Trump’s lawyers, a member of Congress, and a journalist. And now a federal court ruled today that Schiff, or any member of Congress can’t be held accountable for this unprecedented and potentially criminal abuse of power. Every American should be concerned about a ruling that suggests Congress has unlimited power to take and publish their private phone records!”

    Judicial Watch Response to Court Ruling In Favor of ‘Absolute’ Secrecy for Rep. Schiff’s Phone Subpoenas Targeting President Trump

    The court threw the case out of court on the basis of sovereign immunity.

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Memorandum-Opinion-Adam-Schiff.pdf

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    Unbelievable.  As with the Fulani massacres, I can’t really like.

     

    Is there no way to mark a post/comment ‘read’, not ‘liked’?

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  2. Roxie:

    MJBubba:
    From Judicial Watch:

    “Adam Schiff secretly subpoenaed, without court authorization, the phone records of Rudy Giuliani and then published the phone records of innocent Americans, including President Trump’s lawyers, a member of Congress, and a journalist. And now a federal court ruled today that Schiff, or any member of Congress can’t be held accountable for this unprecedented and potentially criminal abuse of power. Every American should be concerned about a ruling that suggests Congress has unlimited power to take and publish their private phone records!”

    Judicial Watch Response to Court Ruling In Favor of ‘Absolute’ Secrecy for Rep. Schiff’s Phone Subpoenas Targeting President Trump

    The court threw the case out of court on the basis of sovereign immunity.

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Memorandum-Opinion-Adam-Schiff.pdf

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    Unbelievable.  As with the Fulani massacres, I can’t really like.

     

    Is there no way to mark a post/comment ‘read’, not ‘liked’?

    Yes, but it would take marrying the programmer.

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  3. Seriously, I often hit “like” as a thank you for the information and as an acknowledgement that I read it. It doesn’t have to be liked to get that click.

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  4. 10 Cents:
    Seriously, I often hit “like” as a thank you for the information and as an acknowledgement that I read it. It doesn’t have to be liked to get that click.

    I know that that’s what it’s supposed to mean, but  maybe a ‘thank you ‘ button?

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  5. Roxie:

    10 Cents:
    Seriously, I often hit “like” as a thank you for the information and as an acknowledgement that I read it. It doesn’t have to be liked to get that click.

    I know that that’s what it’s supposed to mean, but  maybe a ‘thank you ‘ button?

    It looks like the text can be changed easily. If the change is to “Thank you”, I favor the one word “Thanks”.  This would replace the “Like” to “Thanks” and not another button.

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  6. So, for our crack Ratburger.org legal team:

    I see that the court defended their expansion of sovereign immunity to congress on the basis of prior case law precedent.   Does this mean that congressmen can evade prosecution for any crime?  And, how does immunity prevent the disclosure of unlawful acts?

    What a mess.

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  7. If the court is going to prevent the release of information that reveals unlawful acts by a congressman, doesn’t that mean that the court had to determine which of those acts were unlawful?   Does this mean that anything a congressman does can be kept secret?

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  8. I don’t think there was ever an implication that a “Like” on a post or comment indicated approbation of whatever is reported in the post as opposed to appreciation of whoever posted it for bringing it to our attention.  To Like a post is to thank its author for taking the effort to compose and post it, not to endorse whatever is reported in its text.

    It’s like, in the 1930s, I could Like a newspaper report (unlike those suppressed by the New York Times) exposing the government-produced mass famine in the Ukraine without saying I like the famine itself, as revealed in the article.

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  9. Get ready, this is a little topical anaesthetic applied before Durham comes out with the big syringe and announces that nothing illegal was done in connection with the deep state attempted coup against Trump.

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  10. 10 Cents:

    Roxie:

    10 Cents:
    Seriously, I often hit “like” as a thank you for the information and as an acknowledgement that I read it. It doesn’t have to be liked to get that click.

    I know that that’s what it’s supposed to mean, but  maybe a ‘thank you ‘ button?

    It looks like the text can be changed easily. If the change is to “Thank you”, I favor the one word “Thanks”.  This would replace the “Like” to “Thanks” and not another button.

    But then what if you DO like it? Come on Dime you can’t amend our system on the basis of pleasing momentary whims of the people!

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  11. MJBubba:
    So, for our crack Ratburger.org legal team:

    I see that the court defended their expansion of sovereign immunity to congress on the basis of prior case law precedent.   Does this mean that congressmen can evade prosecution for any crime?  And, how does immunity prevent the disclosure of unlawful acts?

    What a mess.

    No. The standard rule is that a crime committed PRIOR to taking office can be pursued during the term, but a crime committed during the term—I should also add a crime not related to the functioning of the office—can be deferred until after the term. The best case for this is a case against Bill Clinton by one of his targets.

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  12. Robert A. McReynolds:

    10 Cents:

    Roxie:

    10 Cents:
    Seriously, I often hit “like” as a thank you for the information and as an acknowledgement that I read it. It doesn’t have to be liked to get that click.

    I know that that’s what it’s supposed to mean, but  maybe a ‘thank you ‘ button?

    It looks like the text can be changed easily. If the change is to “Thank you”, I favor the one word “Thanks”.  This would replace the “Like” to “Thanks” and not another button.

    But then what if you DO like it? Come on Dime you can’t amend our system on the basis of pleasing momentary whims of the people!

    What?! Does this mean I have to return the bribe?

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