Friday, February 17, 2017

The Case For 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)

Upon revelations of the fact that Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn lied to the FBI (and the vice president if you believe that the executive branch was not aware of his negotiations with the Russian government prior to the inauguration), it has been rumored that the FBI will choose not to pursue charges for the felony act Flynn committed, and that newly-minted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Trump ally, will not prosecute the matter as well.

This is very alarming.  For years the Republicans have attacked former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State for numerous alleged incidents of lying, with the president running his campaign calling for special prosecutors to go after his candidate, leading rallies with the call to "lock her up," Republicans have decided to balk when faced with real issues of national security when involving their own party.

This is why now more than ever we must work to apply pressure to the current administration in any way possible.  While the Republicans played a dangerous game of obstruction these last eight years, Democrats are not engaging in the same or similar behavior demanding standards be met.  Trump and the Republicans did not win the popular vote, which means that they are in the minority and must govern with respect of the majority.

There is also something else we must not forget - 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a).

Commonly referred to as "making false statements," this federal statute "generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in "any matter within the jurisdiction" of the federal government of the United States, even by mere denial," of which the statute of limitations is 5 years.

Why is this important?

While Trump ran o a campaign of "locking up" his opponent for fictitious crimes, Democrats can respond with the same call, and this time be backed up by real events.  While Flynn is the first casualty of the Trump administration, it has only been a couple of weeks and more will eventually arise from this "shit sandwich" over the next 4 years.

What is ironic is that Attorney General Sessions made a video on his first day in office announcing his priorities in which he stated there was "no place for partisanship or bias" and called for the "maintaining and strengthening the rule of law" and "preserving and advancing" American ideals and "fair administration of justice... regardless of their station or position in life," yet in less than a week in office he has decided to do just the opposite. 

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