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Could Trump impeachment help Mike’s libel fight against Rachel Riley?

The arguments are exactly the same.

After Donald Trump tweeted that his supporters should protest at the United States Capitol building to “stop the steal” of his presidency (he had been defeated in a perfectly legitimate election last November), a riot ensued in which five people died.

The US Parliament – Congress – is to consider whether to impeach Trump (remove him from office) on the grounds that his tweet was “incitement of insurrection”.

Isn’t that similar to what I said about Rachel Riley – that her tweets to a vulnerable teenager encouraged her followers to send abuse to that girl, harass her, and ultimately made her believe her life was in danger?

Both Riley and Trump have protested against this characterisation of them – Riley by accusing me of libel, Trump by opposing the impeachment.

Riley has tried to have my defence against her accusation struck out by claiming that she had not intended any harm to the girl and that she could not be said to have had any influence over her followers who read her tweets and behaved inappropriately.

Trump’s argument will be the same – he didn’t intend any harm to take place and he cannot be said to have influenced anybody.

The difference is that he is opposed by members of his nation’s Parliament – many of whom will have years of legal experience, whereas I’m an internet-based journalist with a crowdfunded legal team.

If he loses his case, it will have a knock-on effect upon mine. The judge in Riley’s strike-out application still hasn’t handed down her judgment and I wonder whether this is because she is aware of the transatlantic situation and knows that an appeal could be lodged in my case, depending on the result in Washington DC.

In the meantime, it is important to ensure that I can still pay to defend myself against Riley. So while we’re waiting, please:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

There is now an international aspect to the Riley case.

Depending on events in Washington DC this week, anything could happen here.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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With days left in his presidency, Donald Trump is to be impeached out of it

And a good thing, too.

After Donald Trump used Twitter to incite his followers to protest against the legitimate result of last November’s US presidential election – at which a riot then ensued – it seemed the worst sanction he was likely to receive was a lifetime ban from Twitter.

Many people were incensed…

… including members of his own party – like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This speech may very well be the best performance of his life. Perhaps it’s because it came from the heart:

It seems these voices have been heard.

On Monday (January 11), formal impeachment proceedings were launched against Trump by Congress – the United States Parliament.

This is an ongoing story.

Let’s hope it has a happy ending for us all.

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Democrats launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump

He isn’t welcome in the UK either: Anti-Trump protesters gathered outside Parliament as a debate took place on whether he should make a state visit to the UK [Image: AFP/Getty].

Six Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced articles of impeachment targeting President Donald Trump.

The legislators singled out five of Mr Trump’s actions they say merit impeachment, including his decision to fire FBI director James Comey in May.

They assert that Mr Trump obstructed justice by dismissing the top law enforcement official, who was leading a federal investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Mr Trump has insisted that there was no collusion between his campaign’s advisers and the Kremlin.

The articles introduced on Wednesday accuse Mr Trump of violating the foreign emoluments clause –– which bars public officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments without Congress’s consent – and the domestic emoluments clause, which prohibits the president from profiting from his office.

The Democrats also claim that Mr Trump has undermined two of the country’s most important institutions – the courts and the press – in ways that threaten the health of American democracy.

Source: Democrats start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump


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Will a UK-US trade deal be delayed if Donald Trump is impeached?

Donald Trump.

This is bitterly amusing:

Let’s all look forward to seeing how it turns out – for Theresa May, as well as Donald Trump.


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Bid launched to impeach Donald Trump and remove him from office


This should do more good than attempts to question Trump’s mental health:

A Democrat intends to introduce impeachment articles against Donald Trump over the President’s response to a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I have expressed great concerns about President Trump’s ability to lead our country in the Resolution of No Confidence (HRes 456) that I introduced in July with 29 of my colleagues,” Representative Steve Cohen said in a statement. “However, after the President’s comments on Saturday, August 12 and again on Tuesday, August 15 in response to the horrific events in Charlottesville, I believe the President should be impeached and removed from office.”

Read more: Donald Trump impeachment articles to be introduced in Congress


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It turns out US business bosses have better morals than religious leaders

Donald Trump reacts to the press.

Donald Trump has closed two US business councils after bosses quit over his handling of the violence in Charlottesville at the weekend.

Interestingly, not a single member of his Evangelical Council – representing religious organisations – felt the need to protest in the same way.

The heads of 3M, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson and United Technologies announced their resignations on Wednesday, after Trump backtracked on his condemnation of neo-Nazi racism and blamed protesters against it as well, in a press conference on Tuesday.

The BBC reported that “JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, a member of the Strategy and Policy Forum, released a separate statement on Wednesday saying he strongly disagreed with Mr Trump’s recent statements, adding that ‘fanning divisiveness is not the answer. Constructive economic and regulatory policies are not enough and will not matter if we do not address the divisions in our country. It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart’.

“Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup Co said she could not continue to participate in the advisory panel after Mr Trump’s comments. Activists had called on Campbell Soup, among other firms, to take action.”

At first, Trump had been defiant, claiming that the exodus involved “grandstanders”:

But he soon changed his tune:

Some have suggested that the CEOs left because they believed supporting Trump would harm them:

This shows a significant wind-change from previous tangles with Trump, in which Boeing and General Motors both saw their stock prices fall. Commenters like George Takei took the opportunity to make it personal:

But the really interesting aspect of this is the fact that not one representative of organised religion in the US has resigned from Trump’s Evangelical Council, despite the threat represented by the rise of the neo-Nazis.

Some have seen this as another echo of 1930s Germany:

Others have concentrated on the possibility of institutionalised racism:

Either way, President Trump has raised serious questions about his own appropriateness to remain President.

Leading figures of the US entertainment world have called for his impeachment.

Can the politicians be far behind?


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