It was bad enough for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to subpoena the phone records of businessman Lev Parnas and President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and other political opponents, but when he released them in his impeachment report it was a stunning abuse of power. In the view of columnist Kimberly Strassel, Schiff’s move “trampled law and responsibility…it was a disgraceful breach of ethical and legal propriety.”
BEFORE we get to the business at hand, we want to hear from the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, as to which Democratic Senator gets to rise for the point of order that the Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, must recuse himself from acting as a juror in the matter of The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump for High Crimes and Misdemeanors.
McConnell is married to Elaine Chao, Trump’s Secretary of Transportation and, by reason of the pecuniary aspects of that relationship, must recuse himself from any participation in Trump’s trial as a matter of both common and statutory law. There is no doubt that a loss of employment for Chao would hurt Mitch in the pocket, sufficient reason for even greater men than he to vote the sawbuck ticket when it comes to their own fanny packs.
I just saw about 5 minutes of an really fascinating discussion regarding what qualifies as an impeachment offense. Professor Jonathan Turley, who says he is not a Trump supporter, says the case in which he last testified about similar issue (Clinton), is very similar in terms of anger and "paucity of evidence". He says impeachment under these circumstances sets a bad standard for future presidents. Perhaps it will.
As you know by now, the Saints will host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in a game that will break the tie for the NFC’s top seed. Both teams are 10-2 after the Niners lost at Baltimore and the Saints avenged an earlier loss by defeating the Falcons Thanksgiving night. Beating the Falcons anytime, especially after that Week 10 upset, is sweet, but I was looking ahead to this week for a special reason. I hate the 49ers.
For months, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other city leaders have been boasting about the reduction in murders this year. It looks like 2019 will end with a significant decrease in the murder rate. This is great news and should be celebrated by all citizens in New Orleans.
Despite this progress, there are serious concerns which remain about crime in New Orleans. Auto burglaries are on the increase all over New Orleans. Sadly, on Sunday morning, at the end of the Bayou Classic weekend, there was a mass shooting on Canal Street. In this case, 10 people were shot and, thankfully, none were killed.