McConnell: Trump Isn’t Above Judicial Review [VIDEO]

Politico reports:

The executive powers of President Donald Trump are not above judicial review, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, offering gentle pushback that followed assertions from White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller that federal judges overstepped their bounds by blocking one of Trump’s controversial executive orders on immigration.

“I mean, under the Constitution, all of our actions are subject to judicial review,” McConnell (R-Ky.) told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in an interview taped on Tuesday that aired Wednesday morning. “All of the president’s actions?” host Joe Scarborough followed up.

“Yes, all of us, both Congress and president and that’s, of course, happening,” McConnell replied. “The 9th circuit has spoken on this issue and the White House will respond to it in one of the ways that they have to deal with this, including the possibility of issuing a different order.”

  • Michael R
    • djcoastermark

      Dang, I knew Mcturtle had been around for a while but, wow.

      • bzrd

        what’s that saying, my father is my uncle is my brother is my cousin
        ???????????????????????????????????????????????????? !

    • Robincho

      Never take wood for granted. It’s a gift… 😉

  • olandp

    Maybe McTurtle might want to explain that to Don the Con.

  • Robincho

    “No Garland” Yertle now cites the Constitution. Cute!…

  • kcken

    Shorter: They can “review” us, and we’ll think about it for a while before either ignoring their decision, or calling them fuck-faced liars.

    PS: Thanks, Suckers

  • bkmn
    • karmanot

      LOCK HIM UP!

      • TuuxKabin

        CHOP HIM UP! FEED HIM TO THE SWAMP’S ALLIGATORS.

        • Ray Taylor

          Oh dear.

          • TuuxKabin

            Well? These are dire times.

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  • CB

    Amazing how grudgingly he acknowledges the Constitution now that it might work against him…

    • james1200

      He’s never gonna lift a finger to stop any of the treasonous actions of Trump & Co., no matter what he says in public.

      http://cdn.meme.am/instances/400x/53865521.jpg

      • kelven

        Because he is in the thick of it. Remember, he was the one who groused about investigating allegations of election tampering because it might appear “partisan”. Can’t wait to see the turtle frogmarched from Congress in shame! (a girl can dream)

        • bzrd

          the GrOPerz are up to their eyeballs in the cesspool of their hateful agenda
          and
          what did they know
          and
          when did THEY know it

          • james1200

            None of it changes the fact that they only need 40% of the population to govern, because of gerrymandering and they’ll always get that 40%. I still don’t see much hope. Almost every democracy on Earth puts “safeguards” in order to not be a pure democracy to keep the hordes from always getting their way but what happens if the “hordes” are by far the sane majority and they’re kept from power by totally legal shenanigans like gerrymandering? We’re about to find out.

          • bzrd

            yes, and some of us are hoping it will take down the horror of the “GrOPerz forest” just as Mt. St. Helens did in 1980

          • Xiao Ai

            40% in those states, does not equate to the entire country. That’s a fact.

          • BlueberriesForMe

            Re:”I still don’t see much hope.”. Remember in “The Lord of The Rings” movies, Gandalf says: “There was never much hope”. Sauron was defeated at the end – although countless beings died. So, I can only assume if the R’s/Fascists are defeated, it’s going to cost a lot more lives before it’s over.

      • Boreal

        His wife is also a trumpanzee cabinet member.

        • Oh’behr

          Wut? Where? I didn’t know that and I tried to research it.

          • TuuxKabin

            Chao, I think. DOT. Wait. Stevie Wonder’s wife? Or Yertle the Turtle?

          • Oh’behr

            Oh, he was speaking about McConnell. Sorry. I thought he was speaking about Stevie Wonder. Duh, me. When the reply was below Stevie Wonder’s picture. I assumed the comment was about Stevie Wonder’s wife.

            Yes, I know that about McConnell. Chao is the Transportation or DOT Cabinet.

          • james1200

            Ok, I’m at my desk trying not to LOL!!!

          • Oh’behr

            Yes, I can see now how that is funny. I’m laughing with you and at myself.

          • Joe in PA

            [[[giggles]]]

          • TuuxKabin

            I wasn’t sure of either, but now it’s clear. Was a fun mix up! =;o)

          • Boreal

            Elaine Chao

          • Joe in PA

            And hardly anyone noticed. Sigh.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Chao

          • Oh’behr

            Plus she really is a swamp creature. Family owns a huge shipping business.

            Thanks Trump for draining the swamp right back into D.C.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Yes and mitch married outside his race!! How ghastly.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    McKentuckel: I half-heartedly disagree with the White House’s assertion that they have dictatorial power.

  • Cackalaquiano

    “But don’t hold your breath on those of us in Congress to exercise our responsibility as an Executive check.”

    • Mark Née Fuzz

      * don’t hold your breath that we Republicans…

  • Lazycrockett
  • Mark Née Fuzz

    That’s one small crack in the front anyway. I never expected this much from McConnell.. Now if he’d only take it further as he rightfully should. Bets anyone?

    • james1200

      http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/dreams.gif

      Personally, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

      • Todd20036

        Oh he’d be fun.

        • james1200

          So cute, too. Cute & goofy always does it. Even those choppers of his, which should scare me off, just turn me on.

          https://www.nbc.com/sites/nbcunbc/files/files/images/2014/9/07/140228_2750878_Digital_Short___Everyone_s_A_Critic.jpg

          • Todd20036

            He’s suffering from pixelated crotch

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            I hate it when that happens.

          • Uncle Mark

            I got that once the day after Christmas, when I was sleeping with my brand new Atari 1200…many MANY years ago.

        • james1200

          btw, there’s a scene in that tennis faux-documentary he did for HBO, 7 Days in Hell, with the incredible Kit Harrington (who plays a really dumb, underage tennis pro who’s always being molested by Michael Sheen’s character), anyway, there’s a prison orgy scene with a cartoon Samberg and it is incredible.

          NSFW!!!!
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpugqz-Y8-s

        • Oh’behr

          Looks like it could be Julia Robert’s brother or cousin.

  • Todd20036

    Turtle: Uh oh. This administration is imploding within the first 6 months. I better start considering an escape pod by getting on the side of judicial review of Trump’s actions.

  • Sai Wolf

    This is merely McConnell making the opening overtures to an eventual impeachment. Start gently, ramp it up, so as to avoid as much fallout from the Trump administration as possible.

    • Natty Enquirer

      ^^^you nailed it

    • Cuberly

      When they finally pull the plug Trumpanzees, the crazy indoctrinated variety, are going to lose their shit.

    • WitlessProtection

      I keep thinking with all of this impeachment talk, President Pence, and then I just vomit all over again. If they impeach Pence then it goes to *GASP* Ryan…there is just no winning here.

      • bzrd

        NO, because pence will nominate a VP and if it’s not ryan, whoever it is will then become president

  • Ninja0980

    He will be once the right wing hacks posing as judges start to take their places on the courts with seats you stole from Obama.
    Never forget this asshole’s part in obstructing Obama and the Democrats from day one, even if it meant hurting the country.
    You want to see what a traitor looks like, this asshole fits the bill.
    And when Trump’s ship sinks, McConnell can’t be allowed to scurry off the ship.
    They own Trump, simple as that and should sink with him.

  • TuuxKabin

    She’s up to something . . . no good I suspect.

    • Pip

      Was thinking the same thing.

      • TuuxKabin

        My ‘ratter’ lineage smells just that. A rat here.

        • Pip

          It almost feels like there should have been a follow up of “Until we fix that issue…” with that statement.

    • Tomcat

      WHO is SHE???

      • TuuxKabin

        The Senator up there ^.

  • Bob Conti

    If this is a sign that Trump’s lost even Yertle McConnell, then he’s screwed. And they’d rather have Pence anyway.

    • Cuberly

      Even though it’d be a fucking nightmare I think Pence would be an improvement. Trump is endangering not only the country but the freakin world and our relationships to it.

    • Uncle Mark

      They were going to eventually get rid of Trump anyway. They were going to pass a plethora of unpopular bills, while Lord Cheeto had us all distracted. Once Cheeto is tainted beyond tolerance or refuses to pass a GOP wet-dream bill, he gets impeached….and all those unpopular laws that were passed by the GOP (and never rescinded) are blamed on Trump. The problem is that the Republicans didn’t expect the shit to hit the fan so fast, so they have less time to pass the nightmare bills

      • Bob Conti

        The brown and gooey hit the fan SUPER fast. Fortunately.

  • Mark

    Yo! Turtle dick. You may think you are keeping yourself one turtle toenail out of the swamp – but everybody knows you’re on board with allowing the russians to blackmail cheetolini. All that ruckus over at the orange house gives you the perfect cover to ramrod your legislative agenda while no one is looking. But don’t you worry! We’ve got eyes and ears everywhere – and when that day comes the orange one is paraded before the cameras in handcuffs – you better claw your way into a deep, deep mudhole. You will have some ‘splainin’ to do.

  • HZ81

    Obvious conniving kunt is conniving.

  • Rex

    The old fart hasn’t totally forgotten how government works. We haven’t forgotten how he’s manipulated it over and over to his obstructive advantage.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but this is funny as hell.

    Drug catapult found attached to Arizona-Mexico border fence
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/14/drug-catapult-arizona-mexico-border-fence/97929694/

    • TuuxKabin

      Laugh out loud, just the headline/leader.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Build the wall! America needs more drugs!

        • TuuxKabin

          I keep laughing at the thought/image of a bale of weed landing on some unsuspecting – well that’s not true, but anyway – border patrol agent. Knocking his butt out real good. It’s a funny story!

          • Bomer

            I’ve seen some of the border patrol agents around here. It might take more than one bale to knock them on their ass. If there is a weight limit for bp agents these guys exceed it by a large margin.

          • TrollopeReader

            can they run the 100-yard dash in less than an hour?

          • Bomer

            Before or after the heart attack?

    • William

      Build the wall 100 feet tall!

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Then they will upgrade from a Catapult to a Trebuchet. LOL

      • Xiao Ai

        And make N Korea pay for it!!!

    • Hue-Man

      Too low-tech.

      Footage shows drone delivering drugs to prisoners

      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36302136

  • Hitler in a Yarmulke

    So we’ve got Foghorn Leghorn cock-blocking Andrew Shirvell.

    Stephen Miller is a 31-year old who worked for Crazy Eyes and Sessions, and who apparently things he can overcompensate for his punkish shortcomings by doing his best to sound authoritative in a dictatorial type way. We’ll get a sense of whether Trump’s people have any sense of optics (betting they don’t) by how soon they jerk this matzoh cracker out of the public eye.

    • Cuberly

      He worked for Crazy Eyes?

      Sounds about right.

  • Lazycrockett
  • PickyPecker
    • Cuberly

      Actually Manafort returned to his apts in Trump Tower and is advising Trump.

  • Michael R

    HE WILL DIE IN JAIL

    former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler

    https://s9.postimg.org/4d0dok9wf/john_schindler_die_in_jail.jpg

    • TrollopeReader

      his tweets over the past few weeks are important — and quite scary.

      • Todd20036

        And refreshing. Maybe we won’t have a Nazi government. Even if Pence is in higher office. He will be scrutinized

        • lymis

          Not only that, but unless Pence does a complete sweep of every Trump appointee, he’s buying into the corruption of the Trump administration. And given what it will take for Trump to be removed, he won’t dare let that happen.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I’m picturing Hair Furor rotting in ADX Florence and it’s put a skip in my step.

    • Rex

      He better enjoy his weekends at the “winter white house” before he’s spending them in the big house.

      • TrollopeReader

        Maybe he’ll be sent to Gitmo!

  • Tomcat

    Our job is to make sure Trump is a LESS THAN one term president.

    • bzrd

      and has the shortest term
      William Henry Harrison, 32 days in office

  • JWC

    what I got from Turtles rambling was caution. He made a few vailed references to Trumps problems.An indication that he won’t support Trump if it goes that way But nothing committed. His slamming of Obama was pure Turtle as was his denile of dysfunctional behaviour over the last 8 years

    • BobSF_94117

      He’s probably worried that he needs to start looking “presidential” in case succession becomes an issue.

      As far as I’m concerned, Pence is totally tainted, as are Ryan and McConnell and certainly virtually all of the cabinet. Out of the 15 people in the line, Mattis might be the only one competent and detached enough to be acceptable. With a Democratic VP. For a truncated term, followed by a repeat election.

      • McConnell’s not in line for the presidency. It goes from Pence to Ryan and then starts on the Cabinet.

        • BobSF_94117

          After Ryan comes the President pro tempore of the Senate (Orin Hatch ick ick ick ick). I was thinking it went to the senate majority leader.

          Then the cabinet.

        • Gary Linsday

          Wrong. President pro tem of the Senate after the Speaker and then the cabinet in order of agency seniority. SecState TILLERSON as President is scarier than Pence and Ryan combined.

      • Hue-Man

        Succession only matters if both President and VP are dead or incapacitated at the same time. If Trump goes, Pence becomes President and nominates his VP. If Pence goes, Trump nominates new VP.

        25th Amendment

        Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

        Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the
        Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#Text

        • BobSF_94117

          Succession matters if Pence is so tainted the public won’t accept him and he is forced to resign, as well.

      • JWC

        I agree Sessions Trump Pence Ryan the Turtl Ciommi

  • Oh’behr

    Hey McConnell, get Trump to release his tax returns and investigate him for connections to Russia via banking interests, loans, anything and everything.

    Do your job already. If Trump isn’t going to do it. Help Congress do this 1924 year old law:

    New Jersey congressman invokes 1924 tax law giving Congress power to examine Trump’s tax returns.

    If Sen. Mitch McConnell can invoke the rarely used “Rule 19”, Rep. Pascrell and Congress are well within their rights to evoke this 1924 tax code and do what the law requires to ensure there are no conflicts of interest. Pascrell said he’s not going to take “no” for answer:

    Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and he wants to use a 1924 tax law that allows Congress to examine tax returns for the purpose of determining whether conflicts of interest exist, even if those tax returns belong to the president.

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/11/1632589/-New-Jersey-congressman-invokes-1924-tax-law-giving-Congress-power-to-examine-Trump-s-tax-returns

    http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2017/02/10/pascrell-rarely-used-law-could-make-trump-tax-returns-public/97755792/

    • bzrd

      the Ways and Means committee voted “NO” on looking at BLOTUS’ tax returns

      just love how that oath of office to defend the Constitution is in the rear view mirror with the congress swampratters

  • William

    Whatever happens with Trump, this walking bowel obstruction needs to go away.

  • mitchy is one of the people responsible for us all being here right now. it’s really hard for me to forget that. “gentle” and “soft” are not words i want to be associated with the people who are claiming to care about the Constitution and defending it.

    i can’t and don’t forgive you, old man. move to a warm weather resort and give your seat up to someone younger, maybe like a black woman from one of the less affluent parts of your state. that will impress me, and don’t even pretend like you couldn’t do that if you really wanted to. little to nothing else will.

  • stuckinthewoods

    While McConnell says this, clearly they aren’t interested in examining trump in depth. Yesterday by a vote of 23-15 the Repubs voted to not request trump’s tax returns. https://thinkprogress.org/congress-had-a-chance-to-get-trumps-tax-returns-republicans-voted-it-down-bf317b718550#.8mvucbfje

    • Oh’behr

      The Republicans are such wimps for not going after Trump’s taxes. It would reveal so much that most Americans want to know about Trump. As, how deep in is he with connections to Russia. Banks, Business Interests, etc. Also other countries where he has businesses or business interests.

      • stuckinthewoods

        yes, and your link (much better than mine) says Pascrell is asking for the last 10 years of his returns so we could see how long this plan has been in the offing. When did trump first hop in Putin’s pocket?

  • Mr Scarborough, it must be difficult to ask important journalistic questions with you mouth directly planted on McConnell’s ass, right?

  • GayOldLady

    OT…..”He will die in jail’: Intelligence community ready to ‘go nuclear’ on Trump, senior source says.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/he-will-die-in-jail-intelligence-community-ready-to-go-nuclear-on-trump-senior-source-says/

    • Cuberly

      Saw that earlier. Sorta wonder about the validity of that claim.

    • Halou

      Reading that, taking down Trump and his clan of ‘un-Americans’ and the name of the person who made the relevant tweets, all I could think was “Schindler’s List”.

    • RepublicansRNotConservative

      It would be wonderful theatre to see Republican Trumpism dealt such a blow, but its seems a long shot at the moment. BTW, is Rawstory a left leaning site? I’m only familiar with their name, not if they have a known bias. Even if i want to believe what they are saying, I want to know their vantage point.

      • GayOldLady

        Yep…..Raw Story is left leaning. But the story was written about John Schindler who is exactly who he says he is, a former NSA analyst. Like anyone who tweets he can say whatever he likes with little consequence, but I think the way the leaks are gushing out right now, it’s believable. It’s pretty obvious that the intelligence community is worried about who’s at the helm and is leaking in an effort to purge the government of anyone they believe to be traitorous.

  • Acronym Jim

    Guess what Mitch? Trump ALSO isn’t above Congressional review.

    In other words, do your fucking job!

  • bambinoitaliano

    So the turtle rear its ugly head to burp?

  • Mchael

    such a hack.. he will never do anything about the pres. I still maintain if they ever got a whiff that Obama did anything close they would go completely bananas and never shut up

  • JT

    McConnell: Trump Isn’t Above Judicial Review

    No shit, Sherlock.

  • Max_1
  • BJORN RAGNVALDR

    Well, he sure seems to be above Rethuglican review for his actions!

  • Cuberly

    OT: Am I missing something? I’m seeing posts where people are saying Pence is going to go down along with Donnie. Why Pence?

  • geoffalnutt

    Gee. McConnell cited the U.S. Constitution. One might even posit that he gives a flying fuck. He actually needs to move to Moscow, though. He’d be so much happier there.

  • Max_1
  • justme

    Is Donnie practicing for another April 1st..?

  • bambinoitaliano
    • bzrd

      and watch him scurry back into the GrOPerz swamp

  • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
  • bambinoitaliano

    Self satisfying words mumbler thinking he is doing a good job while none feel the impact. https://youtu.be/H4uVqM_HFiY

  • Hue-Man

    You have to assume that McConnell and Ryan are being fed incriminatory evidence by the FBI, CIA, etc. through back channels. At this point, I would guess there’s a torrent of wiretaps, videos, and bank transfers.

  • Ta-er al-Asfer

    I’ll grow a tail before he grows a backbone.

  • OdieDenCO

    Yo! mcconnell, what did you know and when did you know it when you said, more than a year ago “let the people decide” when asked why you refused to schedule hearing for President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee? you are so deep in the swamp even your neck stretched to the limit will not reach the surface.

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    Translation: “I just realized the 2018 elections are a little over 18 months away.”

  • Executables

    Trump has personally committed acts of treason for which he could be executed. The question is: Does America care?

    A sizeable swath of the country (minority, but sizeable) just surrendered the United States of America over to Soviet control. Was it out of stupidty? Indifference?

    The Republicans are going along with Trump as part of a power grab. When Trump is exposed, they are exposed. Republicans like McConnell are as guilty of treason as Trump. He (and others) deserve the same fate.

    • Talisman

      Out of revenge for 8 years of a black man in the White House.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Nor is McConnell above judicial review. Just sayin’. Keeping it fresh.

  • D. J.

    Someone please return him to the pet store.

  • D. J.

    Which state high risk pools were affordable and functioning well?

  • Gee, Mitch. Ya think?

  • Tread

    How about Congressional review, you stupid, do-nothing fuck?

  • narutomania

    Really? Prove it.

  • Gianni

    Mitch is so gentle when he absolutely has to reproach His Majesty. It is somehow so uncharacteristic of him.

  • patrick