May 5, 2015

Casper woman wants Rep. Lummis impeached, because she hasn't tried to impeach President Obama


A Casper woman is asking a federal judge to force U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., to answer her questions or be impeached from office for not trying to impeach President Barack Obama.

Jacqueline S. Judd, who’s spent years calling for Obama’s removal from office, initially filed the paperwork in March in Natrona County’s District Court, but the matter was transferred to Wyoming’s federal District Court last week.

Jacqueline Judd accuses Rep. Cynthia Lummis of “aiding and abetting” President Obama, who she calls a “domestic terrorist.”

Judd’s six-page petition says Lummis should be “held accountable and charged for aiding and abetting and by not filing the necessary impeachment process ... on a domestic terrorist, namely President of the United States of America Barack Hussein Obama.”

U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.
The petition (embedded below) appears to be on shaky legal footing. For example, Judd suggests that Lummis be subject to impeachment under a section of the Wyoming Constitution that governs state — not U.S. — representatives.

One of Lummis’ attorneys, from the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, has said in court filings that Judd’s petition has “numerous defects” and noted the U.S. Constitution generally gives members of Congress immunity to lawsuits relating to their actions as lawmakers.

A spokesman for Lummis said Monday that the House lawyers have advised her office not to comment on the petition because it’s an ongoing legal matter.

In her petition, Judd compiled a long list of complaints with Obama’s actions as president, ranging from “plunging the American people into a communist country” to enacting “illegal and unconstitutional immigration laws” to providing “false information about the act of terrorism committed in Benghazi, Libya.”

In perhaps the most eyebrow-raising claim, Judd accuses Obama of “having the (Federal Communications Commission) institute a plan to place agents in newsrooms of radio and television stations as well as print media to monitor whether they are providing the ‘proper’ news content to the public, a direct violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.”

Judd claims the Obama administration has placed federal agents inside the newsrooms of newspapers and radio and TV station stations to monitor whether the media is providing “proper” news content.
 
Though Lummis has frequently criticized many of Obama’s actions as president — including some referred to in the petition — Judd says the representative “condones and supports” Obama’s actions and accuses her of having advocated for “the overthrow of our constitutional form of government.”

Judd had a Laramie County sheriff’s deputy serve a member of Lummis’ staff in Cheyenne with a summons on April 9. It directed Lummis to respond within 20 days. But just four days later, on April 13, Judd asked Natrona County District Court Judge Daniel Forgey to find Lummis in contempt in court, saying she “intentionally disobeyed” an order to appear in court.

The judge denied the “confusing” motion, noting he hadn’t actually ordered Lummis to appear in court or scheduled any hearings. In response to Judd’s additional request that he order Lummis “to appear in court before the people to answer the people’s questions and charges,” Judge Forgey said he didn’t know what legal basis he would have to do so, noting the allegation is that Lummis violated the U.S. Constitution — not a court order.

A Casper judge said he found one of Judd's filings “confusing” and lacking a legal basis.

One of the House attorneys representing Lummis, Isaac B. Rosenberg, wrote in a court filing that Judd’s petition has “several incurable jurisdictional deficiencies, which will take substantial time to catalog and address fully” and allegations he’ll need to talk over with Lummis inorder to properly respond.

In a Friday order, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kelly Rankin gave Lummis’ attorneys until June 8 to file a response.


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