In a Very Unusual Memo the Joint Chiefs of Staff Confirms Biden

Mish

In a very unusual statement, the Joint Chiefs of Staff sent a message to the public, and to Trump about who the next president will be.

Biden Will Become the 46th Commander in Chief

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon body comprising the military’s top generals, issued a memo to the entire U.S. military on Tuesday condemning the Capitol riot and confirming Joe Biden will become the 46th commander in chief of the armed forces on Jan. 20,” the Washington Post reports.

Direct Assault on Congress

Never before has the Joint Chiefs of Staff felt the need to confirm who the next president will be, to protect and defending the Constitution “against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

That is an enormous and well deserved slap in the face to President Trump.

Be There, Be Wild

Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” That was one of several Trump Tweets on December 19 promoting the day.

All Enemies Foreign and Domestic

Pentagon brass characterized the violent riot as “a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building and our Constitutional process,” and said the military remained fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution “against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

The unusual (to say the least) statements by the Joint Chiefs of Staff are a total rebuke of Trump and his promise of a "wild" January 6.

Civics Lesson

It is a sorry state of affairs but numerous Trump supporters believe Trump was not impeached. The issue came up numerous times on Twitter and at least twice in comments to my post.

Three presidents were impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019.

Trump will be impeached for the second time in 2021, most likely tomorrow. 

Nixon would have been impeached, but he resigned before it happened. 

Impeached means being charged. It does not imply conviction. Indeed, no impeached president was ever convicted in the Senate. 

A failure to convict does not remove the impeachment. That is a statement of fact, by definition, not an opinion.  

It takes a 2/3 majority of "those present" to convict Trump. That means it does not necessarily take 67 votes to convict.

Neither impeachment nor conviction would prohibit Trump from running for office again.

However, as a result of impeachment, by a simple majority, the Senate can bar Trump from running again. 

It is an open constitutional question if Trump can be convicted by the Senate after he is no longer president.

Three Related Articles

  1. Trump to be the First President Twice Impeached
  2. The Sorry Saga of Ashli Babbitt Shot in the Capitol
  3. Trump Crossed a Constitutional Line and Should Resign

Regarding Point # 3.

Stand Down?!

Healing of America

Finally, please consider The Healing of America is an Enormous Undertaking

Enormous Undertaking

Uniting America after this debacle will be an enormous undertaking.

Trump purposely sowed seeds of disunity that may easily last many years.

About a third of the nation wrongly believes Biden stole the election despite the fact there is virtually no evidence of the charge, to a degree that would change anything.

Healing would start much faster if Trump admitted the truth and apologized to the nation. The truth is Trump Lost Big. 

Mish

Comments (60)
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PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

I dont know too many people in high powered places but I do know a few. Last night I received a warning from someone I have known for years connected to movers and shakers to stock up on food and be prepared to move quickly. There was a rumor Trump was going to do “something” and your post from the Join Chiefs today makes me think there was something to it.

At the same time, my phone lit up with new pings from Signal that new contacts were recently added to Signal, more than I have seen in years.

Stock up my friends.

Frilton Miedman
Frilton Miedman

Subtle yet fruity, with just the slightest hint of 25th amendment.

ajc1970
ajc1970

"It is an open constitutional question if Trump can be convicted by the Senate after he is no longer president."

When the Senate tried Grant's Secretary of War William Belknap (after he had resigned), they debated on whether they had jurisdiction, given the resignation. They voted -- that they could still try him. Ultimately they acquitted him, but that set the precedent.

Jackula
Jackula

If Trump were smart and Pence played ball he'd resign then have Pence pardon him. I know why the Joint Chiefs did this. The crazy crap going around the nutcase right wing networks includes everything from a retired 5 star general at a base planning a stop the steal military move to Trump declaring a state of emergency 3 hours ago. Per a 2016 survey of police unions 84% supported Trump and I suspect the volunteer military rank and file support is not much lower.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Soon might just be when a geo-political event materialises if an external force wants to move. China on Taiwan or something in the mid-east.

The next few years will be more fraught with danger than any recent time.

CzarChasm Reigns
CzarChasm Reigns

...if Trump would tell the truth...
...if Trump were smart...
Some big IF's that will never be.

Jmurr
Jmurr

The State has spoken. Long live the State! I’m sure that when my re-education term is complete, I will (like Winston) state with tears in my eyes that I love Uncle Joe.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

@Mish I gotta call you on this one. Trump did not "Lost Big" unless you mean not in the election, but in the media and power-structure, post-election.

This election was a coin flip. Way north of 100 million votes came down to thousands. You could compile a long list of minor things that, if they had happened another way, would have changed the coin flip.

Same for 2016 (which was not a huge win for Trump and therefore not a mandate for huge changes to American governance such as the 2020 winners are claiming for themselves). And same for 2000.

As the stats types have noted, such elections hinge on whether it rains in some small location.

One thing that will be apparent but largely un-noted by March or April will be who got caught up in the herd - the stampeding mobs - of January. Who lost their heads? We know some of them: The people who were pushing through the barricades in DC. And who threw the Molotov cocktails in DC and many other cities throughout the year. They are not the sorts you want to listen to when the herd starts moving faster around you.

Does the CCP have the right idea? Keep a tight lid on anyone who threatens to move the herd in any way not currently vetted by the "leaders"? I personally don't think so. But, as such strategy has been taught and modeled in schools for some time now, we're gonna find out whether it's the right idea.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Slightly off topic, but does anyone here have a link to transcripts or video of Trump encouraging mob violence.

I ask because when one side screams that someone on the other side said something bad, it's usually a straw-man, an exaggeration, or an outright lie.

Video clip including 30 seconds or a minute of shoulder around the offense. Same for transcript. Tightly clipped extracts are guaranteed to be lies.

GawdHelpUs
GawdHelpUs

(Whilst humming a familiar tune by the Talking Heads)

Our fearless leader has once again started a house fire; perhaps his most quintessential political tactic. And, just like all the others over the past four years, the people cannot seem to look away; even his former devotees. But, unlike all the others, this time it is his own house he as set afire. So the self-proclaimed smartest guy in America turns out to be a complete fool in the end. No big surprise.

Kudos to those who have finally called him what he is, a seditionist. What a shame it has taken so long.

GawdHelpUs
GawdHelpUs

(Whilst humming a tune made famous by the Talking Heads in my head)

So our fearless leader has started another house fire; his quintessential political tactic. As with all the other fires he started the American people, even is devotees, cannot seem to look away. But, unlike all the others, this time he has set his own house afire. So the smartest-guy-who-has-ever-held-the-office turns out to be a complete political fool in the end. No big surprise.

Regrettably, it took this fire for many of our nation’s leaders to finally call him what he is; SEDITIONIST. Sadly, it took four years.

Sechel
Sechel

Seriously in hindsight were the Nuremberg trials divisive?

I saw the comment about the joint chiefs. My first thought were to question whether this is standard or extra-ordinary. So you're reporting is this is a singular occurrence or unique. That changes things. It suggest that with 8 days to go Trump might make another attempt. The man truly is a danger. I feel all along his goal was to become dictator. He was throwing around trial balloons of a third term. Trump doesn't joke. He meant it. If Trump had achieved a second term our Democracy would have been over.

I find the notion that Trump should leave office without consequences simply gob-smacking. Trump attempted a coup, He's guilty of sedition. This is exactly what the founders envisioned when they came up with impeachment. It certainly wasn't for a blow job. Remember Aaro Burr wasn't impeached. By killing Hamilton he wasn't guilty of treason. He didn't commit a crime against the United States. Donald Trump did! Trump tried to circumvent the transfer of power. He tried to stop an election.

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

Jim Hoft's "Gateway Pundit" is a publication for sheep and not for critical thinking conservatives.

Carl_R
Carl_R

I interpret this slightly differently. Trump spent November-December replacing people in the Department of Defense, a very odd thing to do AFTER losing an election, when the norm would be to wind things up. Presumably he has nothing but loyalists in the Department of Defense, now. Therefore, I presume this was the Generals telling the Department of Defense, they will honor the election results.

Sechel
Sechel

In some ways Pence was the man of the hour on January 6th

“You can either go down in history as a patriot,” Mr. Trump told him, according to two people briefed on the conversation, “or you can go down in history as a pussy.”

“Pence had a choice between his constitutional duty and his political future, and he did the right thing,” said John Yoo, a legal scholar consulted by Mr. Pence’s office. “I think he was the man of the hour in many ways — for both Democrats and Republicans. He did his duty even though he must have known, when he did it, that that probably meant he could never become president.”

njbr
njbr

Another effn snowflake who wouldn't know communism if Marx hit her over the head with Das Kapital(or maybe he did, which explains her current state of stupidity)

A tweet...
....Congresswoman Debbie Lesko
@RepDLesko
·
1h
For members of Congress to enter the floor of the U.S. House, we now have to go through intense security measures, on top of the security we already go through. These new provisions include searches and being wanded like criminals. We now live in Pelosi’s communist America!

njbr
njbr

Given that there is no segment of the population immune to Trump delusions, it is entirely appropriate that the troops are reminded of their constitutional duty under the lash of military justice.

Enough cops and former military took part last week. Look for assignments with units separated from units from the same state.

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

"Biden Will Become the 46th Commander in Chief"
Or, maybe 47th.
Pence needs to do the 25th.

njbr
njbr

(b) A person who is found guilty of attempted mutiny, mutiny, sedition, or failure to suppress or report a mutiny or sedition shall be punished by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct."

Article 94 UCMJ: Mutiny and Sedition

njbr
njbr

It's going to be intense from the 17th on...

njbr
njbr

....Phone numbers belonging to two of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) offices appeared to be listed as contact information in a note found in a truck belonging to Lonnie Coffman, who has been indicted for allegedly carrying unregistered firearms and 11 Molotov cocktails in that same vehicle during the pro-Trump insurrection last week....

Mish
Mish

Editor

Apparently just mention of the Gateway Pundit gets your comment deleted.
I just undeleted a comment by Rocky Racoon and about a half-dozen others I do not know what the spam filter caught

Anda
Anda

If any were impeached it was only in the narrowest most meaningless sense of the word, as per political spectacle. The word impeach was reworked to include mere accusation in the 16th century, accusation in a formal setting being of no more gravity than any other until restrictive actions are taken as a result, which they were not. So spectacle, or at best in etymological terms efforts to "hinder, stop, impede; capture, trap, ensnare" ... but just "efforts" and so not a true definition of having accomplished those as the word would demand... except maybe ensnare, which is an unusual act to celebrate. So the modern meaning of the word impeach is quite empty and only suits political theater, which is probably why various people see it as insignificant due to lack of result. Obviously those caught up in the drama and potential outcome of the attempt actualy being a positive action are coming from somewhere slightly different.

Doug78
Doug78

Mish, I think that if you are going to talk about the memo then you should publish it on your site.


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