Donald Trump has now declared that he is above the law, and that he can do what he wants with his executive authority.
Trump said in a tweet that he can end the Robert Mueller Investigation into Russian Collusion and Obstruction of Justice, and other charges whenever he wants to.
He has said that he can fire Mueller and anyone else when he decides to do so.
He has stated that he can reject a subpoena to testify from the Special Counsel, and refuse to cooperate.
And he has said he can pardon himself, although since he claims he has done nothing wrong, he does not plan to do so.
This is a President totally out of control, and giving us a warning of future intentions.
If the Republican Party sits by and does nothing to move toward impeachment and conviction, it will be part of a history of destroying the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the rule of law.
The time to take action is now, before it is too late, and we have lost our Republic, so there is no justification for any further delay in taking action!
President Obama, on his way back from vacation in Hawaii, quietly signed the National Defense Authorization Act, bitterly opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil libertarians.
Without much fanfare, Obama signed the legislation on December 31, permitting the national government to have powers it has never had
before in peacetime. The 565 page bill includes provisions allowing for indefinite detention of people that the government suspects are involved in international terrorism. The legislation seems to allow arrests by the military in the US of American citizens, a very terrifying idea! President Obama issued a signing statement regarding this legislation, but that does not mean that a future President would not abuse the law and have American citizens arrested.
This is a violation of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, and one can hope for a Supreme Court decision declaring it unconstitutional, but that is probably not likely when it comes to powers involving war and security of the nation.
This can be seen as an extension of the Patriot Act, which many concerned people also think. is a violation of our civil liberties. The fact that members of both parties in Congress passed this legislation is also very troubling.
The danger that is most obvious is that a future President could use this new legislation in a way that President Obama has made clear his administration will NOT use it. The precedent has been set, and will be hard to reverse.
One could say that as long as a person stays within the law, does not break the law, is a citizen who does nothing illegal, that he or she does not have to be concerned. But even with that thought, there is still the possibility of innocent victims who become embroiled in the growing security network of the nation, and become victims.
So we have a new concern to be worried about regarding the BIll Of Rights!