In the end, any impeachment of President Donald Trump will be decided by Congress. "Witch Hunt" Is Suspected. Worse Than Watergate? The headlines all refer to a possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. The chances, however, depend on political persuasion or outright prejudice toward the President. His supporters, on the other hand, constitute a rabid source of enthusiasm and support.
“For months, the political world has treated Robert S. Mueller III as the arbiter of President Trump’s fate: Hopeful Democrats have theorized about the damage Mr. Mueller’s investigation might inflict. Suspicious Republicans, led by Mr. Trump, have cast him as leading a ‘witch hunt.’
‘But this week Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, offered a bracing reminder that Mr. Mueller is unlikely, in the end, to render a decisive judgment on the president,” The New York Times predicted. (“Impeachment May Be Issue For Midterms,” Alexander, Burns and Charlie Savage, The New York Times, 5/18/18, p, A1)
Speculation abounds in the nation’s Capitol.
“Mr. Giuliani, citing conversations with the special counsel’s team, said Mr. Mueller intended to follow Justice Department rules that make presidents immune to indictment while in office. For decades, politically appointed lawyers in the executive branch have argued that the stigma and distraction of being indicted would interfere with the president’s ability to carry out his constitutional powers.
“And from Watergate to the impeachment of Bill Clinton, special counsels have adhered to that standard, leaving it to Congress — and the voters — to punish presidents or forgive them for alleged wrongdoing.
“Mr. Giuliani’s account for now has not been confirmed by Mr. Mueller’s office. But if he is right, Mr. Mueller’s investigation does not appear to pose a direct legal threat to Mr. Trump while he is in office.
“Instead, any finding of wrongdoing would be referred to Congress, putting it squarely in the realm of politics. That further raises the stakes for control of Congress this November and potentially puts impeachment or the threat of it front and center in the midterm elections.
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“The prospect is unsettling to both parties — unnerving Democratic leaders who have strained to mute impeachment demands from the left and Republicans who worry that new disclosures about Mr. Trump could destabilize his presidency.
“But Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee indicated that he was not among the Democrats hungering for an impeachment effort. Attempting to oust Mr. Trump without ‘overwhelming’ evidence of wrongdoing, Mr. Nadler said, would risk ‘tearing the country apart.’
“You don’t have impeachment unless the case is so strong that you will convince a good fraction — not a majority, necessarily, but a good fraction — of the people who voted for Trump that you had to do it,” Mr. Nadler said.
The New York Times concluded: “that day of judgment, however, may be approaching with inconvenient speed.”
MAY 17 -- TBJ #2902 -- “SLAVERY’S BIGGEST SECRET”: In part 1 of this two-part series on the North’s history as a slave region, journalist Anne Farrow, co-author of “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery,” exposes the role of the North in the growth of slavery and institutionalized racism (slavery) in America and she reveals many surprising facts about the history of slavery in America.
MAY 18 – TBJ #2903 – “SOUTHERN SLAVERY, NORTHERN LIE?”: The second installation of a two-part series on the North’s hidden history as a slave region, addresses king cotton and the legal and illegal slave trade, among other historic events. Journalist Jenifer Frank, co-author of “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery,” examines the impact of slavery in the development of the nation.
MAY 21 – TBJ #2522 -- "LIONEL HAMPTON: A GRACE NOTE": Musician extraordinaire Lionel Hampton died on August 31, 2002 at the age of 94. His legacy as a musician, statesman, humanitarian and close friend of the Bush family are chronicled on this program. Tony Brown also remembers this music legend's love for the little guy.
MAY 22 – TBJ#323 -- GREAT BLACK MEN OF COLOR: J.A. Rogers spent the majority of his lifetime pioneering the field of Black studies with his exhaustive research on the major names in Black history whose contributions or even very existence have been glossed over. Dr. John Henrik Clark discusses Rogers’ book “Great Black Men of Color” and other important and historical work by Rogers.
MAY 23 – TBJ#622 -- WHO WAS MEDGAR EVERS?: In the early 1950s times were hard for many Black Americans in the old South. Rigid segregation was the rule of the day and African Americans found themselves on the periphery of American life. But even before the birth of the modern civil rights movement, one Black man declared non-violent warfare on the old Jim Crow system. However, Medgar Evers became one of the many casualties of the civil rights struggle.
MAY 24 – TBJ# 2201 -- “IN THE WORDS OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS”: In the 1960s, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the premier spokesman for the Black community, articulating the struggle for freedom and equality. Rev. King carried on the tradition of another eloquent voice for Black progress and equality, Frederick Douglass. This edition relives the Black struggle to achieve the American dream in pictures and dramatic reenactments.
MAY 25 – TBJ# 1401 – “VISIONS AND THE STRUGGLE OF OLD”: 20 years of historical footage and interviews on issues, events and personalities that shaped the African-American community and the nation.