February 12, 2023
Are there any GOP office-holders and Trump supporters who have a moral core? All is see is a deep belief in expediency, greed, power-seeking, and opportunism - and lies as needed. Pence's hypocrisy - re: his professed religious beliefs - is especially ugly.
A man like trump should have never had access to tools that protect against criminality. He can’t be trusted with them. But he sure knows how to use them - executive privilege among them. And Pence is happy to hide beneath the corrupt skirts of the man he continues to cower from even if that man would have had him executed. Pence plays the folksy religious card as he lets others carry his water while trump plays the mob boss card. Neither is decent or patriotic. And both are self-serving. At this point It’s a game of delay, delay, delay in hopes that an R becomes president to let them off the hook. Justice has waited long enough and so has the country.
Does he get to bring “mother” with him?
Joyce, thanks for the update. I agree totally that Mr. Pence has a DUTY to the country to testify, and it's only his ego to run for president, which anyone in their right mind knows he has a minuscule chance of winning the primary, much less the whole enchilada. I think he'll come out after testifying and go on FOX to explain why he HAD to testify, didn't want to hurt trump, but had no choice. It won't save him any face, but that ship sailed long ago. Peace. The end.
About “setting a date” for Pence to testify I wonder if it’s at all possible he could meet with Special Counsel before Trump’s lawyers get a stay through the courts. Jack Smith doesn’t have to wait to hear from Trump I would think. Thanks for the info Joyce and enjoy building your new coop.
So, let's see.
Executive privilege doesn't apply to requests from the executive branch.
And executive privilege is Biden's to invoke, not Trump's.
And executive privilege doesn't apply to requests in criminal proceedings.
And shouldn't executive privilege be denied when the communication was made to further a criminal purpose?
What in God blazes can the Trump "attorneys" argue here with a straight face?
They should be thrown out on their collective behinds and, along with Trump, sanctioned for wasting the court's time and money.
Isn’t waiver also an issue as Pence did discuss some details about Jan. 6 in his book???
Behind that stone face, it seems, is a man of granite, incapable of emotion... patriotism, trust, honesty, authenticity, caring of any kind... he doesn't even seem to have instincts like fear or hate. Even his mind seem ossified if he thinks he has a political career ahead. Only if citizens totally loose right to vote.
I don’t know what I am more excited about Pence grand jury testimony or seeing the picture of the finished chicken coop🤔
Hi Joyce. I too like the chick’s new coop update being given priority at the beginning of your newsletter. Do your chicks seem to know they are getting a new home? Does Pence get the sense that if he doesn’t testify he too might be getting a new home? I can’t make sense of Pence. Shouldn’t a noose for him on J6 be damage enough to shun the spotlight? Thanks for tonight’s newsletter. I appreciate your valuable time with all of us.
Good luck and have fun building. Is Pepper the Project Supervisor?
I never can thank you enough for the succinct and pitch perfect writing you do on these “week ahead” posts. I actually do pray that Mike Pence can find something within himself, giving him the fortitude to fill the vacuum of ethics and personal morality that was basically drained - as a pristine swamp - from the Republican Party as тяump took over. I just cannot believe that someone as decent as he once was didn’t have to grow another personality, just to deal with being тяump’s VP. If Ivanka was moved to say “Mike Pence is a good man,” please let it be made transparent to all of us what she saw.
Joyce, I continue to appreciate how much I learn from you! This is great insight into how it all works, or maybe will work. And I love how you set your priorities straight....the new chix 🐥🐣🐓 coop as lead story! Thanks for letting us share in the good news before the “rat” traps. 😁
"While there are reasons to appreciate how the former vice president conducted himself on January 6, he’s no hero."
Nope, but he did the right thing, consequentially, at the Capitol on January 6th. Which is the opposite kind of behavior of Colin Powell, a man of much more character, who failed terribly at his test, with disastrous consequences. I know that this is an inconvenient truth, but it is the truth. Powell had a worthy history of courage and integrity prior to his alliance with Bush/Cheney/Rove. Pence was never a distinguished public servant.
Joyce can't Pence just plead the 5th or only answer how he wants to? Won't his court date be 8mos from now?
The question at this point in time might be for Pence whether he is less likely to be harmed by Trump's zealot followers if he testifies in a way that is harmful to Trump. My understanding is that part of the reason that all of them have caved to Trump is fear of bodily harm to themselves and their family. No one appears to be safe from these nut jobs. I do not trust the man to tell the truth. I trust none of them to tell the truth. I am not saying he will not tell the truth, I am saying I just don't trust him to do so.