Time To Prosecute House Speaker John Boehner For Violating Federal Law

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It is beyond refute that there is a more than glaring level of hypocrisy in the Republican Party, and there is no better example than in the House of Representatives; particularly since the Koch brothers invested power in the tea party movement. After the 2010 midterm elections when Republicans took control of the House they immediately launched myriad investigations into wrongdoing by the Obama Administration; including fabricating highly-profitable and phony scandals, only to find the Obama Administration is guilty of nothing untoward. In fact, the House, under the direction of Speaker John A. Boehner, initiated a lawsuit against the President for exercising his executive authority according to the Constitution and long-settled Supreme Court rulings.

What is stunning hypocrisy is that there have been several unethical acts by House Republicans who are following the lead of their leader Speaker John A. Boehner; the ethics-challenged cretin that no-one is willing to prosecute. Like every common criminal, or once-convicted felon, who continues to escape punishment for violating the law, Boehner continues his unethical, and now illegal, behavior because he truly believes he IS above the law. It is time to disabuse Boehner of that belief and restore the American people’s faith in the nation’s justice system.

When Boehner conspired with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress to campaign and “send a clear message to the White House” about how Israel will set America’s foreign policy in the Middle East, he violated a 216 year old law. A law, by the way, devised and enacted by America’s Founding Fathers that Republicans claim are their exemplars. It is now time to finally call for Boehner to be charged, tried, and convicted for violating the law and put a stop to his career-long abrogation of long-standing ethical and legal provisions to send a clear message that no-one in America is above the law.

The Speaker of the House openly violated the so-called Logan Act that was signed into law and enacted in 1799 by President John Adams and codified in 18 U.S. Code § 953. The Code addresses precisely what Speaker of the House John A. Boehner did in conspiring with Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress to defeat the measures of the United States in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States.

The Logan Act prohibits any “Private correspondence with foreign governments” and reads; “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” The Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot and should not conduct foreign affairs; that power rests in the Executive Branch exclusively.

In the 1936 Supreme Court case, United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp, the Court held that “all ability to conduct foreign policy is vested in the President. It is given implicitly and by the fact that the executive, by its very nature, is empowered to conduct foreign affairs in a way that Congress cannot and should not.” Boehner just does not, and Republicans cannot, accept that yes, “all ability to conduct foreign policy is vested in the President;” regardless of the fact he is an African American man or that Republicans’ allegiance is to a foreign power; in this case Israel.

Boehner violated the Logan Act just by “directly commencing or carrying on any correspondence with a foreign government, or agent thereof” with his admitted and explicit intent of influencing measures of the United States. Boehner did say publicly that his reason for illegally corresponding with Netanyahu was to “specifically ask him (Netanyahu) to address Congress and send a clear message to the White House about our commitment to Israel.” Boehner’s hubris, defiance, and obvious disregard for longstanding U.S. law was when he publicly said, “Congress can make this decision on its own.” No matter what Boehner says, or thinks, Congress cannot make that decision on its own according to a 216 year old law and reiterated by the 79 year old ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Boehner needs to be fully prosecuted under 18 U.S. Code § 953 to teach him that no American is above the law regardless what he thinks. Obviously, throughout Boehner’s political career he has considered himself above the law.

This is not Boehner’s first offense without facing any legal action or congressional ethics violation repercussions to remove him for various acts. He was caught red-handed, and admitted to handing out corporate bribes for favorable votes on the floor of the House that garnered expulsion for another Ohio congressman guilty of corruption. Boehner openly, and continues to, lie about the number of jobs the KeystoneXL pipeline will create since he bought stock in seven Canadian tar sand companies in 2010; a few months before becoming Speaker of the House. In 2013 the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) began an investigation into campaign finance violations and like Boehner’s other instances of malfeasance; nothing is done to put a stop to his criminality; likely because he is white.

It is difficult for regular Americans to understand how unarmed African Americans are gunned down in cold blood, and then tried and convicted in absentia (because they were murdered) by a hostile justice system when men like Willard Romney openly violated SEC and bankruptcy laws with impunity. Or, how seditious malcontents like Cliven Bundy can defy federal court orders and summon armed militias to confront and aim their weapons at federal officials in the commission of their duty; a federal offense and sedition, and face no charges. Every year across the nation evangelical clergy violate the conditions of their tax-exempt designation, videotape their illegal acts, and dare the IRS to take punitive action.  Former president George W. Bush and his co-conspirator Dick Cheney proudly boast that they authorized torture of captive enemy prisoners of war, many innocent, and nothing happens. Now, the Speaker of the House of Representatives blatantly violates an over-200 year old law, boasts about it, and the Justice Department and congressional ethics committees turn away in what; fear?

One often hears politicians, including President Obama proclaim with authority that “no-one in America is above the law.”  Americans certainly understand that is undoubtedly one of the biggest lies, and farces, being parroted time and time again with no chance in proverbial Hell of ever changing. John A. Boehner is a sleazy, crooked politician, and although handing out corporate bribes for votes, lying to manipulate tar sand share prices, and taking illegal campaign donations are crimes, they pale in comparison to conspiring with a foreign nation’s leader to “influence and defeat foreign policy measures of the Unite States.

John Boehner’s most recent crime is not up for debate, or opinion; he deliberately and with substantial malice aforethought violated the Logan Act and Americans must demand that he be charged, tried in federal court, and convicted with his own confession that he defiantly “carried on any correspondence or intercourse an officer of a foreign government to defeat the measures of the United States” because Israel has a dispute with the United States of America’s Middle East foreign policy.

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61 Replies to “Time To Prosecute House Speaker John Boehner For Violating Federal Law”

  1. Yet, they keep their witch hunt going regarding Benghazi. I don’t know what Obama has planned for Boehner, but it had better be a dozie!

  2. Whose responsibility is it to prosecute blatant violations of the law perpetrated by the Speaker of the House? The Department of Justice?

  3. So can we find a good lawyer and band together to sue John? I wish I knew more about how to litigate, but there must be some decent lawyer out there that believes in doing the right thing. I guess I’ll keep dreaming.

  4. Funny that you don’t mention the law. It is called the Logan Act. And YOUR President has violated it over and over and over again! No wonder you didn’t call it by name. People with brains might actually look it up.

    The Logan Act (18 U.S.C.A. § 953 [1948]) is a single federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States. Specifically, it prohibits citizens from negotiating with other nations on behalf of the United States without authorization.

    Congress established the Logan Act in 1799, less than one year after passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, which authorized the arrest and deportation of Aliens and prohibited written communication defamatory to the U.S. government. The 1799 act was named after Dr. George Logan. A prominent Republican and Quaker from Pennsylvania, Logan did not draft or introduce the legislation that bears his name, but was involved in the political climate that precipitated it.

  5. You do know you are a grade A DUMBASS. How can the President violate the act when it is the executives duty to carry out Foreign relations with consent of the Senate?

  6. er uh, duh, from the article…”The Speaker of the House openly violated the so-called LOGAN ACT that was signed into law and enacted in 1799 by President John Adams and codified in 18 U.S. Code § 953. The Code addresses precisely what Speaker of the House John A. Boehner did in conspiring with Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress to defeat the measures of the United States in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States.”

  7. By blatantly breaking the law set by The Logan Act Boehner has proven his allegiance is to a foreign government and not to the country and people he was elected to serve. If he remains unprosecuted for this it just further goes to show that their are two sets of laws in this country.

  8. Not just “your” president ,whether anyone likes it or not he is the President of the United States. If your an American citizen he is “your” president as well.[WINK]

  9. How come not one Democrat in congress has made an issue out of Boehner breaking laws that could be classified as treasonous acts? It appears that actions that result in harm to the USA are no big deal with this corrupt congress.

  10. Boehner: ‘We have a right’ to invite Netanyahu to address House

    “The House of Representatives is a equal branch of the government, and we have a right to do it, and we did it,” the Ohio Republican said Tuesday morning after a closed meeting of House Republicans. “And I’m frankly proud of the fact the prime minister has accepted our invitation, and will be here on March 3 to talk to the members of Congress about the serious threat that Iran poses, and the serious threat of radical Islam.”
    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/john-boehner-benjamin-netanyahu-israel-invitation-114630.html#ixzz3Q2uM5IJu

  11. All the more reason why the State Dept should deny Netanyahu a visa for March citing Israeli election law, and convening a federal grand jury to indict Boehner for violations of the Logan Act.

  12. I have written my congressperson demanding that Boehner be charged with this violation,
    but my congressperson is a republican, he also knows nothing, all he has ever done is work as a pretend Baptist minister for a couple of years,I hate to say it but the electorate around here is not very bright.

  13. I don’t like it either, but the Logan Act does not negate Congress’ authority to invite whomever they darn well please to address them. Prosecuting under this act would be an even greater Constitutional offense to the notion of separation of powers. The executive branch has not been able to stop the legislative branch from conducting its business ever since Charles I stepped into the House of Commons demanding the arrest of certain members. All this talk of turning Boehner’s pettiness into a criminal matter makes the President’s defenders look more vindictive than the Speaker.

  14. They can invite Santa Claus if they want but when the invite is made to undermine the National Security interest of the United States then you have broken the law. And to answer your next question Israel does not tell us what to do with our interest

  15. Did you ask Sarah Palin to interpret that for you? I’m not sure how you came to your conclusions, all I know is you made my brain hurt.

  16. It doesn’t say that, and doesn’t have to. Constitutional obligations and principles trump anyway. Besides, the mere act of inviting a world leader to speak does not constitute a negotiation. It’s not like some treaty or other mutual commitment would or could come out of this.

  17. What part of undermining our negotiations you don’t understand? I swear Israel can attack our navy and murder our sailors and you say nothing. Israel can spy on us and its okay. Israel can feed false intell on Iraq to get us in a war and hey that’s life. You people sicken me with your apologies to that state. Again they do not run our policy if you feel different EL AL is running a special this week

  18. Oddly enough, former speaker Pelosi visited Syria in 2007 and met with Assad. Some Republicans wanted to charge her with violating the Logan Act.

  19. “If” John Boehner does “not” get “Prosecuted” to the full extent of the law even after his “Openly-Committing” and then “Publicly-Admitting” to his (recorded) Crimes against the Govt. of the U.S.A. (in which he seems to feel or show no remorse) then we are “all” living in a world of true “Bullshit” and “Make-Believe” people! We might even “Believe” a current WW11 Movie were this one U.S. Army tank cant move so the tanks crew stay and fight it out with the Germans. One guy survives by dropping out the bottom of the tank as two German hand grenades were thrown into the tank that he and his “dying” tank commander NCO occupied. After the bad guys left the guy that escaped out the bottom hatch went back up inside of the tank where he left his NCO. The inside of the tank and his NCO looked in better shape than they did before the 2 grenades BLEW UP!!! WHHHHHY!!!! If you catch my drift… UNBELIEVABLE… In my opinion.

  20. McClatchy reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing growing criticism in Israel for a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran…. In Israel, critics have characterized Netanyahu’s trip as an election ploy and a slap in the face of the Obama administration after it’s worked hard to deflect challenges to Israel at the United Nations and most recently at the International Criminal Court. The criticisms are biting, ranging from Netanyahu’s scheming is “dangerous, it’s toxic and it’s not so funny anymore” to “The American political system can’t stand [Netanyahu’s ‘brutish’] behavior” to the charge that the prime minister is “destroying our strategic relations with the United States for an election speech.”
    http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article8199447.html

  21. The pres is just doing his job and if anyone is violating the logan act its Boehner; agree with you on the dmazz ID

  22. Congress does have the right to invite people to speak, and NethanYAHOO is fine, even around election time. However, when he brings up Iran and what we should do, he should be immediately expelled back to Israel and John BAINer and Menendez and all others involved arrested on the spot.

  23. Any Democrat who attends this address by Netanyahu before Congress should be shunned. I have told my Senators Shumer and Gillibrand that should they attend this address I will consider them as participants in the insult to our country and our President and withdraw all my support, both at the voting booth and in my checkbook, from the Democratic Party and will join the Green Party the day after the war criminal Netanyahu speaks against this President and our nation. The President directs the country’s foreign policy, not a foreigner and not the Congress.

  24. Boehners reminds me of Stuart “look at me, look at me”. He needs constant attention or he’ll throw a fit. Boehner looks like hes having liver problems based on his appearance.

  25. Boehner is interfering with our ongoing Iran talks, hes trying to stir up trouble between Obama, Netanyahu, Iran, his Koch congress. Boehner is an instigator. Remove him immediately. He lacks the best interest of Americans.

  26. Apparently, you have NO CLUE how our gov’t works.

    The president of the United States is not merely a “citizen”. He is the Executive, our Commander in Chief of all our military, and tasked with the constitutional responsibility to carry out and oversee foreign policy – unlike Boehner, who is Speaker of the House which is part of the Legislative Branch.

    Boehner, not President Obama, is in violation of the Logan Act, and he’s in violation of the separation of powers as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

  27. I liked your comment, I guess they really are idiots, but more than that, they are bigots. and mad because He won. and They can’t stand that.
    As for Sarah Palin, well what really can be said for her?. duh, Not much.wink

  28. Netanyahu & Boehner: How Israel went from being a Democratic to a Republican Project
    The audacity of Speaker of the House John Boehner colluding with the prime minister of a foreign country to undermine a sitting president is, I think, still not entirely appreciated. And the whole point of the plot with Binyamin Netanyahu is to stop a sitting president from successfully making an opening to a former enemy, reducing the likelihood of war.

    Just think what the equivalent would have been.

    It would be as though Rep. Joseph William Martin, Jr., the Speaker of the House after WW II, had managed to swing a visit to Congress in 1947 from Mustafa Barzani, the Kurdish leader, to stop Harry Truman from promulgating his Truman Doctrine and including Turkey in the aid package that became the Marshall Plan.
    Read More
    http://www.juancole.com/2015/01/netanyahu-democratic-republican.html

  29. U.S. NGO: Evangelical ‘hate group’ funding Republican National Committee trip to Israel

    Evangelical political operative planned 9-day freebie trip for national committee members, on behalf of the conservative Christian AFA group which blasts Muslims, gays. SPLC rights group staffer: Our issue is not with the trip, but with the ‘heinous beliefs’ of those sponsoring it.
    Some 60 members of the Republican National Committee, including its chairman, are heading to Israel at the end of the month on a trip fully paid for by an organization described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.639330

  30. Boehner is in over his head and stepped out of bounds with his invite of Netanyahu:
    From the article above, this worth re-posting:
    Boehner violated the Logan Act just by “directly commencing or carrying on any correspondence with a foreign government, or agent thereof” with his admitted and explicit intent of influencing measures of the United States. Boehner did say publicly that his reason for illegally corresponding with Netanyahu was to “specifically ask him (Netanyahu) to address Congress and send a clear message to the White House about our commitment to Israel.” Boehner’s hubris, defiance, and obvious disregard for longstanding U.S. law was when he publicly said, “Congress can make this decision on its own.” No matter what Boehner says, or thinks, Congress cannot make that decision on its own according to a 216 year old law and reiterated by the 79 year old ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
    THERE IT IS. BOEHNER IS BREAKING THE LAW. SUE him ! [wink]

  31. —–Boehner violated the Logan Act just by “directly commencing or carrying on any correspondence with a foreign government, or agent thereof” with his admitted and explicit intent of influencing measures of the United States. Boehner did say publicly that his reason for illegally corresponding with Netanyahu was to “specifically ask him (Netanyahu) to address Congress and send a clear message to the White House about our commitment to Israel.” Boehner’s hubris, defiance, and obvious disregard for longstanding U.S. law was when he publicly said, “Congress can make this decision on its own.” No matter what Boehner says, or thinks, Congress cannot make that decision on its own according to a 216 year old law and reiterated by the 79 year old ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. —-

    BOHNER IS out of bounds on this.

  32. This goes much deeper than his drunkenness because I don’t think his addled brain could have thought this up on his own. I am looking at the Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer. Former ratfuker of Frank Luntz helped write the contract on America with Newt Gingrich. He was the one who set this whole thing up.

  33. So many of us agree that Boner should be removed from office due to his behavior and being a deceitful lying drunken sack of….
    We have that, how do we do it?
    Seriously.
    How do we as a group of disaffected Americans get the attention and the means to put him in jail?
    My daughter works for a Senator, a really good one, I could ask her but I don’t think she knows.
    She says the capitol is an angry mean place.
    Arrrgh I hate feeling so helpless while all this crap is happening.
    Suggestions?

  34. Inviting the Prime Minister to speak does not violate the Logan Act. I understand that you don’t like it but it does nothing that violates the law.

  35. As long as Congress is only listening to testimony with a view to writing legislation, I agree it does not. To the degree that they are actually taking instructions from a foreign head of state, or giving instructions to that head of state, it does.

  36. Read the Logan Act Again. The express purpose of the Logan Act was to make it clear that ONLY the executive branch (the President) is authorized to deal with a foreign country. Congress is NOT coequal in this instance. Boehner has indeed committed treason under this Act.

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