The Outstater

November 12, 2021

Article I, Section 5, Clause 2

“Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.” —Article I, Section 5, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution

SOMETIMES WE have to say it if only because nobody else will say it: Indiana’s Andre Carson, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, played a miscreant role in what is becoming the largest and longest-running scandal in American political history. He should be expelled.

The reference of course is to the Democratic National Committee’s and Hillary Clinton’s counterfeit report using the FBI to cripple a political opponent.

This, please know, was not simply politics as usual. Carson, who had access to the most pertinent if not all of what is now being revealed by Special Counsel John Durham, was a lead voice testifying to a grand lie known as the Steele Dossier. The resulting damage to the reputation of national institutions and the ongoing distortion of the democratic process is impossible to measure. It may be irreversible.

For this, Article I, Section 5, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution was written. Five member of Congress have been expelled under that clause in our history. Andre Carson would be the seventh, right after Adam Schiff.

Unlikely, to be sure. Nonetheless, here is Carson from his lofty seat in the committee’s hearing room during the heady days before his four-year fraud was outed:

”The dossier written by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele alleges that (Donald) Trump agreed to sideline Russian intervention as a campaign issue, which is effectively a priority for Vladimir Putin. There’s a lot in the dossier that is yet to be proven, but increasingly, as we’ll hear throughout the day, allegations are checking out. And this one seems to be as accurate as they come.”

Except, as Byron York writes in his column today, it didn’t check out and it wasn’t “as accurate as they come.” Again, it was a carefully crafted lie. Carson, with longtime ties to the Clintons, surely knew it. As York reports: 

“Steele’s ‘sources’ were mostly one man, Igor Danchenko, working at the liberal Washington think tank Brookings Institution, in some cases passing on allegations from a Democratic activist in the Clinton circle, Charles Dolan, who passed on gossip and stuff he read in the newspaper as intelligence from sources close to Trump.”

Indiana cannot be anything but ashamed. And if 7th District voters won’t dump Carson, he should be shunned by the rest of us as not only the worst of politicians but the worst of men.

Don’t expect to read anything about this in his hometown newspaper. — tcl


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