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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ukraine President Poroshenko greets Senators McCain and Graham on Jan. 1, 2017 near Ukraine war zone. McCain and Graham urged re-start of civil war in Ukraine against Russia and Putin to be funded by US taxpayers. Neither Senator was authorized to incite war or conduct US foreign policy as they did speaking to assembled Ukraine soldiers in violation of multiple US laws

President-elect Trump hadn't yet been inaugurated, but Endless Unwinnable War Industry advocates Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain were on the ground in Ukraine as the year turned from 2016 to 2017. They spoke to Ukraine President Poroshenko and members of the Ukraine military urging restart of Ukraine civil war to effect "regime change" removal of Putin with weaponry ("equipment") paid for by US taxpayers:
2/2/2017, "Interfering in Ukraine-A Breach of U.S. Law?" Viable Opposition, A Political Junkie

Early Jan. 2017, Sen. McCain with Ukraine Pres. and military

"Recent news that John McCain and Lindsey Graham made a trip to Ukraine in early January 2017 was rather surprising. What is even more surprising is this commentary from Lindsey Graham and John McCain, made in the presence of Ukraine's President Poroshenko on the front lines of the Ukraine civil war, comments which seems to fly directly in the face of Donald Trump's approach to Russia: 

Urging a restart of the stalled Ukrainian civil war, here's what Lindsey Graham had to say: 

[At 1:20 in video, following remarks by Ukraine official in military garb]: 

Your fight is our fight, 2017 will be the year of offenseAll of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia. Enough of a Russian aggression. It is time for them to pay a heavier price. 

Sens. McCain and Graham with Ukraine Pres. and soldiers 

Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin. Our promise to you is to take your cause to Washington, inform the American people of your bravery and make the case against Putin to the world." [In the video, Lindsey Graham rubs his hands together as he speaks] 

John McCain had this to say: 

"I believe you will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. We have succeeded not because of equipment but because of your courage. 
So I thank you and the world is watching because we cannot allow Vladimir Putin to succeed here because if he succeeds here, he will succeed in other countries."... 

The comments by both Graham and McCain seem particularly malevolent since they obviously are not making any kind of personal sacrifice in restarting this conflict. 

What is even more interesting is a little-known federal law called the Logan Act, dating back to 1799, which reads as follows:

"Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both." 

In addition, a very influential Supreme Court decision from December 1936, United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation looked at the sale of unauthorized/illegal munitions of war and the delicate balance between the powers wielded by the Executive Branch when it acts without congressional authorization in foreign affairs. 

Here are the key paragraphs in the decision: 

"Not only, as we have shown, is the federal power over external affairs in origin and essential character different from that over internal affairs, but participation in the exercise of the power is significantly limited. In this vast external realm, with its important, complicated, delicate and manifold problems, the President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude; and Congress itself is powerless to invade it. As [Supreme Court Chief Justice] Marshall said in his great argument of March 7, 1800, in the House of Representatives, 'The President is the sole organ of the nation in its external relations, and its sole representative with foreign nations...

The President is the constitutional representative of the United States with regard to foreign nations. He manages our concerns with foreign nations and must necessarily be most competent to determine when, how, and upon what subjects negotiation may be urged with the greatest prospect of success. For his conduct he is responsible to the Constitution. The committee considers this responsibility the surest pledge for the faithful discharge of his duty....The nature of transactions with foreign nations, moreover, requires caution and unity of design, and their success frequently depends on secrecy and dispatch." (my bold) 

12/31/2016, KSTP image

12/31/16 image above from KSTP,  "Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar Spends New Year's Eve in Ukraine". Other images above are screen shots from You Tube video in Ukraine over Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017 New Year.


Added: By encouraging more US taxpayer funded bloodshed in Ukraine, the two senators assumed Executive branch and Congressional powers. No one complained because they were lobbying for the Endless Unwinnable War Industry which assumes US taxpayers are slaves to it: "Amid Western hysteria over Russia's supposedly "imperial designs" and the thorough demonizing of Putin, President Barack Obama essentially authorized a new Cold War against Russia, reflected now in new U.S. strategic planning that could cost the U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars and risk a possible nuclear confrontation." subhead, "Ethnic hatreds."...US taxpayers have already been forced to pay $5 billion to advance aspirations of Ukraine for closer EU relations. (subhead,"Another neocon 'regime change,'") 7/13/2015]

At minimum, the McCain-Graham New Year's Day 2017 intervention has the appearance of breaching U.S. laws.


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