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Monday, June 4, 2018

Repugnant to his office

Douglas W. Kmiec is an esteemed constitutional law scholar and Pepperdine Professor who headed the Office of Legal Counsel in both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

A stalwart conservative, he writes an opinion in the New York Times today that is worth reading, Trump can't be indicted. Can he be subpoenaed?
That our moment in history necessitates that we even contemplate the comparative merits of impeachment versus temporary removal in light of a sliding scale of criminal misconduct is dispiriting. It is more worthy of an episode of “Homeland” than the American history we once proudly taught our children, and believed ourselves.
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President Trump's lawyers now argue that by the nature of his position he can not obstruct justice. But Giuliani's admission that Trump in fact dictated the infamous memo while priorly denying knowledge of or a role in his son's statement in the infamous Russiagate meeting appears to be exactly that.
"Jay Sekulow said time and time again directly into the faces of the American people on television — Sarah [Huckabee] Sanders did the same thing, and said in no uncertain terms ... they said the president had nothing to do with that statement by Donald Trump Jr. and didn't draft it, didn't sign off on it," former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And it turns out that is completely untrue," he said.

The president plainly can not spell. He is truly a national embarrassment, let me count the ways. Counsel, Donald.


Robert Kuttner - Corruption is the new normal

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