A growing number of Democrats in Congress are calling for President Donald Trump to resign due to sexual allegations being made against him. Due to information available so far, they have no grounds for calling for Trump’s resignation based upon their own hypocrisy.
To begin with, there is no definitive evidence against Trump and the foundation of the American judicial system is that a person is innocent until proven guilty.
It’s been recently reported that attorney Lisa Bloom sought big payoffs for any woman willing to come forward with a sexual allegation against then candidate Donald Trump. In the process, it’s reported that Bloom made quite a bit of money off of her attempt to buy allegations, true or false. This should raise strong questions against any and all of the women who have made the allegations against Trump.
What happens if someone is able to prove that some years ago Trump was guilty of improper sexual conduct, like walking into the dressing room of a beauty pageant?
President Bill Clinton was guilty of having oral sex in the Oval Office while he was president and while he was married, but he refused to resign and most Democrats defended him and his actions. He was impeached, but not for his adulterous affair, but for obstruction of justice and perjury and even then, he was not removed from office. The precedent was set then and Democrats need to be reminded of it.
Democrats also need to be reminded how they have protected one of their own and allowed him to hold his seat in the House after being impeached and removed from a federal judgeship.
Meet Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL). In 1979, he was appointed to the newly created seat on the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, but then President Jimmy Carter. In 1981, Hastings was accused of taking a $150,000 bribe in a racketeering case. After two years of legal proceedings, his co-conspirator refused to testify and Hastings was acquitted.
However, in 1988, a Democratic-controlled Congress launched impeachment proceedings against Hastings. The House voted 413-3 to convict Hastings of bribery and perjury. In 1989, the Senate convicted Hastings and ordered him removed from the bench. He was only the 6th federal judge to have ever been impeached and removed from the bench.
In 1990, he launched an unsuccessful campaign for the Florida Secretary of State position. In 1992, the disgraced and impeached former judge ran for the US House and won. He has been in the House ever since.
Like a growing number of others in Congress, Hastings faced sexual harassment charges and guess what? According to Judicial Watch who was involved in the lawsuit against Hastings:
“Judicial Watch’s lawsuit against Hastings was filed on behalf of a female employee that he regularly harassed. Her name is Winsome Packer and she was repeatedly subjected to ‘unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome touching’ and retaliation by Hastings when he chaired the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. For over two years, from January 2008 through February 19, 2010, Packer was forced to endure unwelcome sexual advances, crude sexual comments, and unwelcome touching by Hastings while serving as the Representative of the Commission to the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Although Packer repeatedly rejected Hastings’ sexual attention and complained about the harassment to the Commission Staff Director, Fred Turner, Hastings refused to stop sexually harassing her. Instead, the congressman and Turner retaliated against Packer—including making threats of termination—because she continued to object to Hastings’ conduct.”
“Filed in 2011 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judicial Watch’s lawsuit triggered a House Ethics Committee investigation of Hastings. Not surprisingly, the notoriously remiss panel absolved the congressman after a laughable, two-year probe. Charged with investigating and punishing corrupt legislators, the committee instead has a long tradition of letting them off the hook. In Hastings’ sexual harassment case, the panel found that the most serious allegations were not supported by the evidence, though Hastings “admitted to certain conduct that is less than professional.” For instance, the lawmaker admitted hugging Packer, asking her about her underwear and telling her he doesn’t sleep well after having sex. For all these years, American taxpayers were unaware of an undercover deal in which the Treasury Department paid Packer $220,000 to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit. Judicial Watch no longer represented Packer when the accord took place.”
Even so, no action has been taken to ask Hastings to resign, nor has there been any formal action taken by the House over Hastings’ sexual misconduct.
If Democrats can allow Hastings to remain in office after it was proven that he was guilty of repeated sexual harassment and misconduct, then Democrats have no ground on which to demand President Donald Trump resign over unproven allegations or eve if the allegations are proven to be true.