The Republican candidate for Attorney General of Wisconsin says it’s his job to defend the laws, even those that ban interracial or gay marriage, but his failure to prosecute his fellow Republican tells a hypocritical tale.
Brad Schimel is theÂ Waukesha County District Attorney. He’s also theÂ Republican candidate for Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin. That’s Schimel in the photo, above, standing with Governor Scott Walker, who hasÂ endorsed Schimel.
In an interview last month, Schimel said that his job is to defend all laws, and if that Wisconsin had a ban on interracial or same-sex marriage he would defend it, regardless of his possible “distaste” for the law.
“It might be distasteful to me,” to defend a ban on interracial marriage, Schimel told a local cable access host, “but I’ve got to stay consistent with that â€” as the state’s lawyer, it’s not my job to pick and choose.”
But in a report this week at Crooks and Liars, Schimel was charged with doing just that — picking and choosing.
In the “Walkergate” case, in whichÂ several of Governor Scott Walker’s “top aides and close alliesÂ were arrested and charged,” a “case was eventually referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney, Brad Schimel.” The C&L report states “instead of charging [a Republican attorney] with at least a couple of felonies, which would have been slam dunk convictions, Schimel let his fellow Republican off with being publicly reprimanded.”
In other words, “picking and choosing” which laws to enforce.
Before President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, he announced he would no longer defend DOMA in court, but would continue toÂ enforce it. Republicans of course saw this as aÂ dereliction of duty and falsely conflated enforcing the law with defending the law in court.
And of course, attorneys general are under no moral or legal obligation to defend in court a law they personallyÂ beehive is unconstitutional.
Bans on same-sex marriage have been declaredÂ unconstitutional in state andÂ federal courts dozens of times, and the U.S. supreme Court of course declared bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional, famously, in 1967’sÂ Loving v. Virginia.
Moreover, the head of the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder specifically has told state attorneys general they are not required to defend same-sex marriage laws in court. Some attorneysÂ general have already refused to defend those bans, including the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and the Attorney General of Virginia.Â
Schimel is runningÂ against DemocratÂ Susan Happ and releasedÂ a statement responding to criticism over defending ban on interracial and gay marriage, which Happ has said she would not defend.
“Love and the law are colorblind, as they should be. Many shameful, racist laws were changed over the course of time in this country by legislators, the courts and the people’s direct votes. But if Susan Happ wants to make up new laws, or change old ones, she’s running for the wrong job,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Schimel has criticized Happ because she has said she would not defend the state’s ban on gay marriage, its voter ID law and a requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they practice. Schimel has said he would have defended all those laws and would have had no choice to do otherwise.
Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage ended this week, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review rulings striking down bans here and in four other states.
Watch the interview with Schimel:
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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo
President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.
“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”
In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.
“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”
Read the full report.
Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.
But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.
“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.
That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.
The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower
Statement Does Not Say ‘Impeachment’
Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.
Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:
Pelosi issues lengthy statement on the whistleblower complaint:
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy.” pic.twitter.com/JMZJs0E2Aq
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) September 20, 2019
Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.
“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.
Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:
“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”
Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:
Weak as usual @TeamPelosi . Trump has clearly crossed the impeachment line with this one.
— Peter Archer (@PeterArcher37) September 20, 2019
With all due respect @SpeakerPelosi , when is enough enough? What repercussions has this administration faced so far under a Democratic House majority?
— PhatboyNYC (@PhatboyNYC) September 20, 2019
And this is why Dems are perceived as weak and Trump looks like a winner. Pathetic. If Pelosi et al don’t get it together soon, they will cost Democrats big time by depressing the vote.
— Debra King (@Kingwoman) September 20, 2019
Weak sauce from Pelosi. I’ll believe it when some damn ACTION is taken.
— Van Hammersly (@MrVanHammersly) September 20, 2019
Suggestion for Sunday shows: Invite Speaker Pelosi and ask her what would merit impeachment? Is there a red line somewhere, or is impeachment something from the past that shall never be sought again, ever?
— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 20, 2019
Speaker Pelosi has issued a statement warning of serious, unnamed, repercussions. In other words, nothing. This still does not seem to be enough to make them act.
— Regina Maher (@Regina_Maher) September 20, 2019
You hear that Trump? You only have 100 more scandals before Pelosi pounces…on another mildly written statement of concern. Wouldn’t wanna be in your shoes.
— Kenneth Jimenez (@MrKennyJimenez) September 20, 2019
Here it is. Pelosi apparently feels like she’s done her job. No mention of impeachment. Absolutely no consequences for this administration. What is it going to take? pic.twitter.com/Va3cyFAmjz
— Mark Yelsits (@MarkYelsits) September 20, 2019
DId you read Pelosi’s “statement”, It makes you want to go back to bed, pull the covers over your head and sob for the loss of our country and soon democracy as a concept. I have a headache.
— hfb (@HarrietBurandt) September 20, 2019
After a week has passed, at last a statement…that advances the effort to secure the complaint in no concrete way. https://t.co/IXDbbzv8h3
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 20, 2019
Incredibly I think Pelosi has already blown it with this statement. You have a tiny window of time in which to cement the narrative in the public discussion that this warrants impeachment and she just watched it pass. Now this will just fade into the miasma of Trump crimes.
— Jeff Rector (@jrector83) September 20, 2019
I just read Pelosi’s statement on the whistleblower. I want to throw my phone across the Fucking room. WTF??
— Farrell McManus (@farrellmcmanus) September 20, 2019
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