The United States: A democracy under threat, with democrats (of all parties) asleep


The United States is currently in one of the most dramatic situations imaginable:

Russia intervened in the November 8, 2016 elections to favor Donald Trump.

There are many indications that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia during the campaign.

Republicans have been slow-walking the congressional investigations into these alleged facts.

No more dramatic evidence of Russia’s influence over Trump could exist than his utter lack of criticism of Vladimir Putin or Russia.

None of the inquiries into Russia’s influence over Trump, at least publicly, have focused on the link between Trump’s contacts wth Russia and Trump’s behavior toward Putin and Russia.

Trump, as President of the United States, has unparalleled power to slow down, divert, and neuter investigations by intelligence agencies and the FBI into his ties with Russia.

As Republican President of the U.S., with Republican majorities in both houses of congress, Trump also has inordinate influence over any congressional investigations into these ties.

In this situation, democrats, from all parties, are effectively sitting on their hands, calling at most for a special prosecutor.

What is needed is a special bi-partisan committee of the Senate, perhaps with an equal number of members from each of the two parties, to determine whether Trump colluded with Russia, and whether Putin and Russia have influence over him.

One would think there would be millions of people on the streets demanding immediate and authoritative answers to these questions.

To date, however, it appears that all democrats, from all parties, are afraid to take on the new authoritarian Leader of the United States, at least in any frontal fashion that might lead to immediate results.

We do not know the extent of Russia’s influence over President Donald Trump, or when we will know the answer to that question.

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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.