Skip to comments.Dems push impeachment rules (with Rep. Alcee Hastings, impeached Judge) over GOP objections
Posted on 11/08/2019 6:03:43 AM PST by tired&retired
In a striking scene at the outset of the Rules Committee meeting, Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, who himself was impeached and removed from the federal bench in 1989 for taking bribes, outlined the alleged "high crimes and misdemeanors" that he said Trump had committed.
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In 1988, the Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives took up the case, and Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury by a vote of 4133. He was then convicted on October 20, 1989, by the United States Senate, becoming the sixth federal judge in the history of the United States to be removed from office by the Senate. The Senate, in two hours of roll calls, voted on 11 of the 17 articles of impeachment. It convicted Hastings of eight of the 11 articles. The vote on the first article was 69 for and 26 opposed.
Alleged co-conspirator attorney William Borders went to jail again for refusing to testify in the impeachment proceedings, but was later given a full pardon by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office.
Hastings filed suit in federal court claiming that his impeachment trial was invalid because he was tried by a Senate committee, not in front of the full Senate, and that he had been acquitted in a criminal trial. Judge Stanley Sporkin ruled in favor of Hastings, remanding the case to the Senate, but stayed his ruling pending the outcome of an appeal to the Supreme Court in a similar case regarding Judge Walter Nixon, who had also been impeached and removed.
Sporkin found some "crucial distinctions" between Nixon's case and Hastings's specifically, that Nixon had been convicted criminally, and that Hastings was not found guilty by two-thirds of the committee who actually "tried" his impeachment in the Senate. He added that Hastings had a right to trial by the full Senate.
The Supreme Court, however, ruled in Nixon v. United States that the federal courts have no jurisdiction over Senate impeachment matters, so Sporkin's ruling was vacated and Hastings's conviction and removal were upheld.
This impeachment process is like an Organized Crime Family meeting to decide how to punish a member’s nephew for shop-lifting a loaf of bread.
Over the top....
Rep. Alcee Hastings Maxes Out Girlfriends Salary for Fifth Straight Year
JOE SCHOFFSTALL MAR 8, 2017 2:47 PM
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D., Fla.) continues to pay his longtime girlfriend the maximum congressional salary of $168,411, and has paid her nearly $2.4 million in salary since 2000.
Hastings also employs his girlfriend’s daughter and the wife of a former staffer who was previously convicted of money laundering.
Patricia Williams, the longtime girlfriend who served as co-counsel during Hastings’ impeachment trial as a federal judge in the 1980s, has worked out of the congressman’s office since 1993. Williams started working for Hastings as a staff assistant and has since been promoted to deputy district director in his Broward County, Florida office.
Per Free Beacon
The Senate, however, did not vote to disqualify him from holding future office. In 1992, Hastings was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to Williams and her daughter, the Democratic congressman brought Dona Nichol Jones, a convicted money-launderer, onto his full-time staff in Palm Beach last year, the Washington Free Beacon previously reported.
Nichol Jones is married to Mikel Jones, who worked for Hastings as a district administrator from 2003 to 2011, when he was convicted of 30 counts of fraud for an elaborate scheme to defraud a lender. Hastings quietly placed Nichol Jones onto his payroll as a “part-time” employee three years after the conviction and consequent firing of her husband.
None dare call it corruption.
Will this old crook lie in state when he finally passes?
What would shifty shift say to be tried on his own rules?
Absolutely! He will be their hero.
“for shop-lifting a loaf of bread.”
In this case, more like for passing by the bakery, and possibly smelling the loaf of bread.
Per Judicial Watch
As a federal legislator, Hastings has continued his corrupt ways, committing a multitude of misdeeds that include mixing work with romance. Judicial Watch represented a female employee named Winsome Packer who was repeatedly subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome touching and retaliation by Hastings when he chaired the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
For over two years, from January 2008 through February 19, 2010, Packer was forced to endure unwelcome sexual advances, crude sexual comments, and unwelcome touching by Hastings while serving as the Representative of the Commission to the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Although Packer repeatedly rejected Hastings sexual attention and complained about the harassment to the Commission Staff Director, Fred Turner, Hastings refused to stop sexually harassing her. Instead, the congressman and Turner retaliated against Packerincluding making threats of terminationbecause she continued to object to Hastings conduct.
The 2011 suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, led to a House Ethics Committee probe.
No, more like four males in a room with a very attractive woman. One man says lets have sex with the woman! The woman said NO! The men said lets vote. The out come of the vote is 4 to 1 to have sex with the woman. The woman points out that without her right to consent, any sex would be rape. Well guess how the Adam Schiff lead men proceed.......
It’s going to be fun hearing how PDJT handles this at his rallies.
Really important note in the article
“The Supreme Court, however, ruled in Nixon v. United States that the federal courts have no jurisdiction over Senate impeachment matters, so Sporkin’s ruling was vacated and Hastings’s conviction and removal were upheld.”
There no such thing as “Obstruction of Congress”. The Executive is a Co Equal branch of Govt. If Congress think the Executive is abusing its Privilege power they can take it up and court and have the Supreme Court rule on it.
This is why I utterly loath the current leadership of Democrat Fascist Party these days. They simply make up a lie and scream it over and over hoping it will be taken as truth by voters. It is utter scumbag behavior. If Democrat Fascists cannot make their case without rabidly lying daily like this, they have all ready lost the debate.
Alcee Hastings, Fla. Rep. - There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something. . . .All this talk about rules. . . .When the deal goes down . . . we make em up as we go along.
This is the part where a real media would be ridiculing them into permanent irrelevance.
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