Letter: Randy Ihara, South Riding

Editor: The United States is currently in constitutional crisis precipitated by the president’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas for information relating to several issues including those raised in the 489-page Mueller Report. The President of the United States is willingly in violation of the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers. In so doing, Congress is unable to discharge its constitutional oversight responsibilities, by refusing to honor legitimate congressional subpoenas uttering specious claims that the President of the United States is above the law.

The willful obstruction of the operation of American government is apparently motivated by the rising panic of an increasingly feral president desperately fighting a losing battle to prevent Congressional exercise of its Article II, Section 4, authority based on the “substantial evidence” of obstruction of justice uncovered in the Mueller Report.

The president claims that the Mueller Report completely exonerates him, “No Obstruction, No Collusion,” in his typical sound-bite fashion. Another lie. The Mueller investigation uncovered “substantial evidence” of Presidential acts of obstruction of justice in a number of areas, including firing former FBI Director James Comey (p.265-266); his efforts to remove the Special Counsel, by ordering White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire him (p.88-89); “substantial evidence” that the president attempted to prevent further investigative scrutiny of the president’s campaign’s conduct; that the president sought to limit the scope of the Special Counsel’s jurisdiction to “future election interference only;” (p.359); that by repeatedly urging White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire the Special Counsel, “the President acted for the purpose of influencing [McGahn] … to deflect or prevent further scrutiny of the President’s conduct towards the investigation.” (p.382) The list goes on.

The president’s actions are violations of his oath of office, which includes the promise to “faithfully execute the Officeof President, and … preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The Mueller Report is a compelling, detailed accounting of this president’s failure to meet the standards of his oath, two-thirds of the way through his first—and last—term.

Randy Ihara, South Riding

7 thoughts on “Letter: Randy Ihara, South Riding

  • 2019-05-20 at 2:21 pm

    Why do democrats in the House need permission from the president to pass impeachment Randy? Go ahead and do it! Let’s see the intellectually deficient spend two more years in front of the cameras with their tin foil hats talking about conspiracies on conspiracies, which might be a conspiracy, rather than passing an infrastructure bill, or addressing our completely antiquated immigration laws. Or sitting down and actually talking in an adult manner about our unsustainable deficits and impossible unfunded mandates and liabilities.

    Maybe they could actually address the opioid crisis and it’s wholesale murder of tens of thousands of Americans each and every year, or the other wholesale thieves of American property, the Communist Chinese? Too hard? Big Bad Orange man too scary? In case you didn’t get the memo Randy, dirty cop Jimmy Comey is despised by D’s and R’s with equal enthusiasm.

    Where were your “constitutional crisis” calls when Obama allowed thousands of guns to arm up the Mexican drug cartels under the “Fast & Furious” boondoggle? When congress attempted to find out more, O just told them to pound sand. It only resulted in the death of two Federal LEO’s, and unknown numbers of Mexican citizens… That was cool with you, right?

    As Lavrentiy Beria said “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” Uh oh, Beria was a Russian!

  • 2019-05-21 at 12:03 pm

    Mr. Manthos,
    You raise a very legitimate concern that the current Congressional pre-occupation with the President’s behavior, and the issue of impeachment, may be an unfortunate distraction away from other legitimate public issues. That, however, is a function of the Senate Majority Leader’s decision to prevent any substantive legislation, except judicial appointments, from coming to the floor for a vote.
    Unfortunately, your conveyance of that point is encrusted with your usual non sequiturs, frequent leaps of logic to irrelevant topics, such as “Fast and Furious,” and gratuitous, irrelevant–and doubtful character assassination (e.g., “dirty cop Jimmy Comey is despised by D’s and R’s with equal enthusiasm”).
    I have previously been on the receiving end of your bilious responses, and been witness to your compulsion to visit your barely contained hostility on others with whom you seem to disagree, though it is usually not clear specifically–as in my case–upon what your disagreement is based.
    Engaging in substantive discussion of public issues is an essential function of citizenship in a democracy. However, I have noticed that your capacity for serious, coherent discussion is virtually non-existent. You largely engage in personal insults, belittling, sardonic comments on the character of those with whom you disagree leaving the precise grounds for your disagreement a mystery.
    The nature of your response is, I fear, emblematic of the incoherence into which our democracy has fallen, led by the President of the United States.
    Randy Ihara

  • 2019-05-21 at 3:13 pm

    “Engaging in substantive discussion of public issues is an essential function of citizenship in a democracy. ” You are absolutely correct! When you step into the arena of public discourse, never be shocked at a differing opinion.

    This is your standard go-to response Mr. I: Anyone who challenges your view is a big fat meany pants, and not as smart as you. You’re always surprised that everyone doesn’t see the wisdom you believe to impart.

    You say we’re in a “constitutional crisis precipitated by the president’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas for information relating to several issues.” While it may be “irrelevant” to you, two federal law enforcement officers were murdered by firearms the justice dept. facilitated transfer to Mexican drug cartels. Their names were Brain Terry and Jamie Zapata. A third officer was seriously wounded. Brain Terry and Jamie Zapata. Remember their names. They, are not ‘irrelevant.’

    When Congress asked for explanations and issued subpoenas for all information on these murders, the Obama administration refused. The AG was held in contempt, and executive privilege was exercised over the entire matter. Even the AG’s wife and mother had EP coverage! Where was your concern then? Are your concerns only active when it’s the opposition party? As long as it’s your guys, it’s cool?

    We’re not in a “constitutional crisis” regardless of what you’re told to believe. Rather, the co-equal branches of government are doing just what they’re supposed to do.

  • 2019-05-22 at 7:55 am

    Randy and Chris, You both should be complemented on your passion and astute awareness something is REALLY wrong in Washington and BOTH parties have and continue to contribute to it. These are federal problems that obviously affect us locally as you both are writing about it. I wonder if we could take all that energy that we have locally to get something really important done and focus it through our two local federal representatives (Congresswoman Wexton and Senator Tim Kaine). Here is a thought for you both to consider and get your related party behind. Push for the federal government to relinquish its hold on the Dulles Airport parking lot land so MWAA can pay property taxes to Loudoun! Parking lots that support visitors to the Airport or Metro use are NOT national security issues which was the basis of eminent domain being used to put them under federal control in the first place. Now let’s show Congress how to get something done that is right, timely and actually helpful – sell that parking lot land to pay off some of that debt so Loudoun can better support its schools! Can we get something positive done?

  • 2019-05-22 at 11:47 am

    I’m not a member of any political party Mr. O. Never have been, and never will be. To me, R’s are just slightly less crazy that D’s. Libertarians completely sold out to the D’s in Virginia, so they’re worthless.

    Randy is a formidable debater. He knows exactly what he’s doing, which is why we have ‘discussions’ when he creates issues where they don’t actually exist. He knows better, but he does it anyway.

    Wexton, who opposes Due Process for Virginians, and Tim Kaine are wholly owed subsidiaries of the MWAA. Lest’ you forget, Timmy gave MWAA the toll road as a going away present when he was Gov. It’s their personal ATM machine. Fat chance you’ll ever get those two to make the MWAA pay anything to anybody. Did Warner retire (no such luck)? Why didn’t you mention his Martha’s Vineyard self when discussing our federal employees?

  • 2019-05-25 at 10:47 am

    I appreciate the discussion concerning Randy’s letter. I am a friend of Randy’s and also of Bob Ohnheiser’s and respect their opinions. I am a retired Army Officer and have a letter published in this same edition which let’s everyone know where I stand. I am for good government and am very concerned about what is happening now in this country, with respect to the Law of the Land, as is Randy. The bottom line is that we have Republicans who will stand by #45 no matter what he does–(e.g. taking taxpayer money appropriated by our representatives for other things to build his ill-conceived Wall, sending money to Saudi Arabia’s Leader(who killed a Washington Post reporter) so he can bomb more people in Yemen, agreeing with #45 that he is a calm person and a STABLE GENIUS from people who were not even in the room when #45 walked out of an infrastructure meeting (as a child would do) , and ok with #45 stone walling (refusing subpoenas and using the AG as his own personal attorney. What happened to Country First????!!!!!

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