RSS Kerry Eleveld’s Posts for Daily Kos

  • House Democrats have turned Congress into a subequal branch of government
    If Congress was ever the coequal branch of government under the powers conferred upon it by the Constitution, it sadly isn't anymore. A lawless president in concert with a House Democratic majority unwilling to rein him in has rendered Congress a lesser branch. Sure, Republican depravity is partially responsible for the wholesale congressional downgrade, but Democrats have […]
  • Asked whether hold-up in military aid for Ukraine was extortion, Mike Pence didn't deny it
    On his trip to Poland earlier this month, Vice President Mike Pence was asked directly about whether the hold-up in about $250 million in military aid to Ukraine had any relation to Rudy Giuliani trying to dig up dirt on the Biden family. Pence had just met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the day before, and he dodged the […]
  • Democrats must immediately draw up articles of impeachment to investigate whistleblower complaint
    It's time to lead. An intelligence community professional has lodged a complaint against Donald Trump so troubling that the intelligence community inspector general deemed it both credible and urgent. Indeed, the revelation is apparently so credible and urgent that Attorney General William Barr and his Justice Department concocted a rationale for entirely withholding the complaint from Congress, […]
  • AG Barr and Trump are setting up an authoritarian power grab to kill the whistleblower inquiry
    Although the acting director of national intelligence was advised by the Justice Department that he couldn't share a whistleblower complaint concerning Donald Trump with Congress, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion justifying that logic is still nowhere to be found. During a Thursday press conference, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff made a point […]
  • Washington Post: Whistleblower complaint about Trump involves Ukraine
    The Washington Post is reporting that the mysterious whistleblower complaint concerning Donald Trump "centers on Ukraine," according to two people familiar with the matter. Trump reportedly made a promise to a foreign leader that was so troubling a U.S. intelligence official put their career on the line to file an official complaint with the intelligence community […]
  • AG Barr once called male students accused of sexual assault victims 'sacrificed to the mob'
    Before William Barr was appointed to serve as Donald Trump's personal lawyer, he lent the weight of his reputation to a book titled, The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America's Universities. The book published in 2017 claimed that President Obama's administration had created a culture that eagerly and unjustly targeted male students […]
  • Whistleblower complaint involved a 'series of actions' by Trump
    It's worse than you think. The New York Times is reporting that a mysterious intelligence community whistleblower complaint doesn't involve just one phone call between Donald Trump and a foreign leader, but rather a string of events in which Trump transgressed. The intelligence community inspector general (IG) told House Intelligence Committee members Thursday that the complaint […]
  • William Barr's Department of Justice put the muzzle on the whistleblower complaint
    If the whirlwind whistleblower scandal has you a little confused, just remember this: Attorney General William Barr's Department of Justice intervened. That's why it's all screwed up. NBC News reports that it was the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that told the director of national intelligence (DNI) to evade the whistleblower law and […]
  • In new poll, Warren leads in first choice, second choice, and induction by 'magic wand'
    A new post-debate poll shows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren leading the field by multiple metrics among Democratic primary voters. The poll conducted by Civiqs for Data for Progress included both a pre-debate and post-debate sample, which showed very little change in voters' preferences. Following the debate, primary voters favored Warren as their first choice for […]
  • White House burns through a fifth general counsel at Homeland Security
    The job of the general counsel overseeing some 2,500 lawyers at the Department of Homeland Security was partially to push back on administration policies that were potentially illegal. The White House clearly didn't like how John Mitnick was doing that job, so it axed him on Tuesday, tossing yet another senior official at Homeland Security on a scrap […]