Pascrell calls for Investigation, Prosecution of Trump Government Crimes
Unprecedented litany of misdeeds must not be swept under the rug
Washington, DC, November 17, 2020
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today called for the widespread investigation and prosecution of members of the outgoing Trump administration.
“Donald Trump and members of his administration have committed innumerable crimes against the United States,” said Rep. Pascrell. “He has endangered our national security. He ripped families apart. He poisoned the Census. He has personally profited from his office. He has attacked our elections and sought to throttle democracy. He was rightly impeached by the House of Representatives. He has engaged in treachery, in treason. He has all but given up on governing and protecting our nation and if he had a shred of dignity he would resign today.
“Therefore, in 2021 the entire Trump administration must be fully investigated by the Department of Justice and any other relevant offices. Donald Trump along with his worst enablers must be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution. Importantly, any further abuse of the sacred pardon power to shield criminals would itself be obstruction of justice, and any self-pardons would be illegal.
“Failure to hold financial and political wrongdoing accountable in the past has invited greater malfeasance by bad actors. A repeat of those failures in 2021 further emboldens criminality by our national leaders and continues America down the path of lawlessness and authoritarianism. There must be accountability.”
Maurice Pinzon: Please note that I’ve pasted the press release from U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09). I’ve just added a headline. It’s an important announcement.
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I’ve been thinking of writing an opinion column for a while now, but not sure if it’s feasible. I’m going to give it a try and see what kind of response I get. My first piece: City Hall’s Gatekeepers
Lots has changed since I last wrote about the election. Not many people thought Joe Biden would recover and go on to gather a commanding lead in delegates, but he did just that with the help of the African-American vote, the unwavering base of the Democratic Party.
I still maintain that the fissures within the Democratic Party between the Neo-liberals and the Sanders wing (the Social Democrats) of the party is a problem. Sanders hasn’t dropped out yet, (although there are reports some advisors are suggesting he do so) even though it’s just about impossible for him to catch up to Biden.
But in addition, now, we’re in a new world as the coronavirus rages through the U.S., and suddenly, Biden and Sanders are having problems penetrating the 24/7 coronavirus news loop. Both candidates also appear far more frail in their transmissions from home. Their advanced age can’t be ignored in the middle of this pandemic.
With the Democratic primaries halted, I do not see why an unconventional convention can’t be held. First of all, it’s unlikely there will be the usual gathering of delegates, even in August. Biden will not have the 1991 total delegates he needs to win outright until the convention. So why shouldn’t the Democrats select the best candidates for this unprecedented moment to confront not only Trump but also this killer epidemic. There’s a large talent pool available, most prominently Elizabeth Warren, who demonstrated during her campaign the ability to draw up realistic plans for just about anything, including how to confront the coronavirus pandemic. There are other strong candidates who lost but could be considered. Furthermore, the new stars of the moment who are demonstrating leadership are the governors, most prominently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. 2/x
For a few reasons I haven’t posted on Instagram. This has given me an opportunity to confront the third service leg of Facebook’s social media empire. (I’m not really using Facebook’s social network or WhatsApp.) For now I’m leaving a few videos on Instagram but the pictures are archived here.
By not posting I’ve had an opportunity to reevaluate Instagram. Do I really want to feel obligated to upload almost every day? And since I haven’t amassed a large following anyway, is Instagram where I should post? Is Instagram’s timeline the best place to see photography?
I don’t know. But I’m thinking about all this.
In the spring of 2019, Elizabeth Warren promised to break up mega-tech companies such as Facebook if she’s elected president.
Facebook, of course, owns not only the world’s major social network, but also Instagram and WhatsApp. Exiting all 3 services is a challenge if you want to stay in touch with friends and family. But we should start somewhere.
I have a small Facebook footprint with only my name, no photos or other info. Not even a profile picture. I stay connected because I can only contact some people through Facebook. Instagram is extremely hard to avoid for a photographer. But I keep only about 20 photos on my Instagram timeline. The rest I archive on my photography website. I do not use WhatsApp, but instead use Signal.
Watching this new HBO documentary reminded me how I got to know Jimmy Breslin.
Jimmy Breslin’s Craft
Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger
Facebook already has too much concentration of power, a virtual information cartel. I was already migrating off Facebook and hesitant about continuing to use Instagram since it’s owned by Facebook. Now there’s really a need to look for alternatives. According to the New York Times.
I have been rethinking my use of social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
I should have done it sooner. It took the drip, drip news reports of social media manipulation during to 2016 U.S. election for it to really sink in. It reminded many of us social media consumes too much of our time and then the stuff we post escapes our control.
It hasn’t been easy to leave. I’ve used Facebook to stay connected to friends living around the world and other people I never see even if we’re in the same city. Over the last year, I was using Instagram more than Facebook because it’s an indispensable photography showcase. But I still had a problem with it aside from its tie in to Facebook. But I’ll elaborate about that in another post.
This is what I’ve done to migrate out of social media. I’ve deleted all my posts on Facebook, every single photo, including my profile picture. I’ve removed my personal information including my current city. My next step may be to deactivate my account and eventually delete it. I’ve archived my photos on Instagram and just have a few videos posted. I may start temporarily posting new photos to Instagram, then move them to archives on my website. I still use Twitter but much more sparingly and I’ve deleted older Tweets.
But I do want to maintain a public online presence, I just have to figure out what the balance is between losing the network effects of social media and maintaining as much control as I want.