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LETTERS

Audette right about congressional hypocrisy on sex payoffs

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Calvin Lacy

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Holly Audette came through again with her critical analysis of congressional criminality at a time when the president is facing unmitigated hypocrisy from the Congress. Her recent column detailed the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, a bill that has allowed taxpayers' money to be used paying off sexual misconduct claims against congressmen. It's done so discreetly that most of the Congress hardly knows who hit who, even if they cared to.

I did some researching and quickly gave up over the vastness of this criminal conspiracy of silence. It's mind-boggling that members of Congress who should be in prison are allowed to investigate, intimidate and harass the president, his family and his administration in an attempt to overthrow him. Before the election I said that the Democrats would always be several steps ahead of Republicans. I was right on one account, but the reasons escaped me at the time. Now, it's apparent that both parties are in it together.

The “resistance” movement hits the president of the United States on illegal payoffs (which aren’t) for sexual dalliances years before he was president, while the Congress keeps using taxpayers’ money to satisfy ongoing sexual claims against themselves. And then they attack him on his national emergency effort to get wall money as if it's a new thing when it's been done 42 times before.

Enacted in 1976, President Bill Clinton used the National Emergencies Act 17 times, President George W. Bush used it 13 times and President Barack Obama used it 12. But the press and Congress want you think differently.

So, why would the government turn on its own president with fraudulent claims when all he wants is to turn the country and economy around and save us from the invasion at the southern border? This case would be a tough nut for Perry Mason, Hamilton Burger and Lt. Arthur Tragg to crack.

Calvin Lacy

Hertford

Editor’s note: While media reports have noted that previous presidents used the National Emergencies Act, most of the reporting on President Donald Trump’s most recent use of the act has noted it’s the first time the act has been used to override a decision by Congress. In Trump’s case, the president is using the act to spend more money on a wall at the southern border than Congress appropriated.

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