After days bungling a PR disaster the Vatican is distancing itself from the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis.
Many were stunned and refused to believe the news when the attorney representing Kim Davis, literally hours after being shown to have made a grossly false claim about 100,000 Peruvians gathering to pray for herÂ â€“ complete with fake photographÂ â€“ announced his client had a secret, private meeting with Pope Francis. The Vatican initially refused to confirm or deny that meeting, but ultimately admitted it took place, leaving many who had been impressed with the Pope during his U.S. visit feeling shocked, disappointed, and betrayed.Â
Those feelings for some turned to anger when Kim Davis went on national television and announced the Pope embraced her, both physically and ideologically.
â€œHe told me before he left, he said, â€˜stay strong.â€™ That was a great encouragement. Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we’re doing, it kind of validates everything to have someone of that stature,â€ Davis said.
The Vatican has now acted to both distance itself from Davis, and to refute her claims of having the Pope’s support, stating the meeting was “brief,” Davis was one of “dozens” who met with the Pope, and his “brief greeting…should not be considered a form of support of her position.”
â€œThe pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects,â€ Vatican spokesmanÂ Rev. Federico Lombardi said in aÂ statementÂ Friday morning, the New York Times reports.
Rev.Â Lombardi went on to minimize the importance Davis and her attorney, Mat Staver, of the anti-gay hate group Liberty counsel, had placed on the meeting.
â€œPope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City,â€ Lombardi added, speaking of the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C.
â€œSuch brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the popeâ€™s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.â€
UPDATE: 11:05 AM EDT â€“
“A senior Vatican official, who declined to be named, said there was a ‘sense of regret’ within the Holy See over the encounter,”Â Reuters reports. “He added that Davis had been in a line of people the pope had met at the Vatican embassy in Washington before he left for New York.” Â
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“Contempt of Congress is illegal,” said Robert Ray, who served as the final Whitewater independent counsel after Ken Starr.
The Washington Post’s Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent report Ray made the stunning remark – one of the Articles of Impeachment essentially is contempt of Congress, or technically, obstruction of Congress – to The Daily Signal, a right wing website run by the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The Senate could force Hunter Biden and others to testify or face prosecution for contempt of Congress, said former independent counsel Robert Ray, who was involved in the investigation that led to Clinton’s impeachment.
“The Senate has the power to compel witnesses. So, subpoenas would be enforceable. Contempt of Congress is illegal. I don’t know that they have the votes, as a political question,” Ray told The Daily Signal.
That’s problematic for Trump, given his attorney has said the actions for which he is being charged are illegal.
Also problematic are these words: “No person is above the law, even the president of the United States.” Ray made that damning statement, as The New York Times reports, 20 years ago when Bill Clinton was the impeached president being tried by the Senate.
But if all that weren’t enough, proving just how bad a defense Ray has been spinning for Trump, his appearance on Fox News Business should have been an automatic “no” when Trump considered him.
On September 26, Ray told Maria Bartiromo there were not enough votes in the House, “yet,” to impeach Trump. Less than three months later Trump was impeached.
He also said, “impeachment to me is two things. You have to show both the high crime and misdemeanor, and you have to show an abuse of power.”
Trump was literally impeached for an abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Remember, Ray said “contempt of Congress is illegal,” and “you have to show an abuse of power.”
He seems to have been making the House’s arguments for them.
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This Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will be rolling back school lunch standards on vegetables and fruits that were championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama, The Hill reports.
The Agriculture Department said in a statement that the new standards will allow schools more flexibility “because they know their children best.”
But according to President Trump’s critics on Twitter, the move is just another vindictive attempt to reverse any and all accomplishments that came out of the Obama White House:
Everything Trump does has to do with Obama.
— Sean “Not Your Neolib” Seeräuber (@raffine9) January 17, 2020
This isn’t about improving the health of youth in America, it’s about Trump trying to reverse Michelle Obama’s effort. This administration is evil. #TrumpSchoolMenu
— Big Boss (@escapedmatrix) January 17, 2020
BTW Trump did this on Michelle Obama’s birthday – clearly it’s by design bc she was pushing for healthier school lunches: USDA proposes changing school menus to allow more fries and fewer vegetables, reversing a Michelle Obama effort https://t.co/iYswiZftza
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 17, 2020
The Trump administration announces plans to roll back Michelle Obama’s school lunch healthy rules on her birthday.
Trump Remains Relentlessly Obsessed With Obama. https://t.co/6muT6KXgln pic.twitter.com/zTM7tT74ZP
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) January 17, 2020
I miss @MichelleObama and loathe these vindictive, repugnant, craven, shit-for-brains Republicans that lack the decency to do the right thing and the dignity to recognize it.
Among Trump’s worst crimes is the irreparable damage he’s inflicting on our children and the climate. https://t.co/yA6XDRHj0O
— Josh Long (龙之春, जोश, Джош Лонг, جوش لونق) (@starbuxman) January 17, 2020
I do, Trump has a sick obsession with of the Obama’s. I just didn’t think he would make school lunches unhealthy. https://t.co/MkXk5roNrq
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) January 17, 2020
Trump and the @GOP remain obsessed with trying to completely erase the Obama’s and what they did for us from our history.
I have a better idea, let’s try to completely erase those who think this way from our history…in November.
— Quancy Clayborne (@QuancyClayborne) January 17, 2020
OK, just look at this, face value. On Michelle Obama’s birthday, the roll-back is scheduled to be officially enacted. Timed perfectly for that. What does that say? It’s petty vindictiveness, something Trump has brashly shown the Obamas at every turn. This is really despicable. https://t.co/GPXJ6IZsTM
— 🌐 Agent K ➖👁️ 👓 📡 👽 ➖🌊 (@gary_kline) January 17, 2020
Because Ms. Obama was trying to help kids eat healthier and move more, Trump decides to make them more obese and less active. https://t.co/5tJMXtE0SU
— MalamaHonua (@honua_malama) January 17, 2020
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