Trump Defense to Employ Executive Privilege in Senate Impeachment Trial and for Good Reason

It's not the first time a president has taken this legitimate route, President Bill Clinton used it like it was going out of style, asserting executive privilege 14 times

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President Donald Trump is often accused by the Left and the Dems of putting self before country.

They see a man who has been a success as a capitalist entrepreneur and, not understanding the slightest thing about free market capitalism, naturally assume his wealth emanates from selfish motives.

But what kind of self-obsessed man would forego a better defense in the case of his life to protect successors, Republican and Democrat (and Lord knows what else), that will come from generations unseen?

That is just what the president is doing when he invokes executive privilege in the strategy for his upcoming trial in front of the U.S. Senate.

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He knows that the testimony of administration officials past and present like former National Security Adviser John Bolton, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would go a long way to casting the charges made against him into the rubbish bin where they belong.

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But Donald Trump also knows that Dems would stop at nothing, including compromising national security by publicly questioning those potential witnesses about sensitive data, to convict him in the upper chamber of the legislative branch.

Thus he will not permit them to testify, by using his presidential prerogative of executive privilege, to protect the nation.

He at the same time protects his successors who may in the future have to stop similar fanatics of any party who would in their partisan zeal bring the pillars of government crashing down on all.

Trump isn’t the first president to use executive privilege. Nixon used it, in the end unsuccessfully.

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Ironically the same Dems who slam Trump for it now seem to forget that their sainted President Bill Clinton used it fourteen times (yes, 14), in 1998 when a federal judge ruled some of his aides could be called to give evidence in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

They think their caterwauling on the subject will do them good in a court. They are likely mistaken.

Another example of leftist negotiating strategy: What’s mine is mine. What’s yours is negotiable.

This is one of many facets of the senate trial that will be soon be before us.

It will commence perhaps as early as next week or the week following. The nation waits for it, as it waits for the inevitable acquittal, and the resumption of effective government.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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