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Former Watergate Prosecutor Calls Trump’s Refusal To Punish Russia An ‘Impeachable Offense’

Former Watergate Prosecutor Calls Trump’s Refusal To Punish Russia An ‘Impeachable Offense’

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"I would say is that this is an impeachable offense because Donald Trump has not lived up to his constitutional duty to protect America. And we have a real threat to democracy with the interference in our elections." The post Former Watergate Prosecutor Calls Trump’s Refusal To Punish Russia An ‘Impeachable Offense’ appeared first on Politicus USA.
Tillerson on North Korea: 'We don't know precisely how much time is left' until the bombing starts

Tillerson on North Korea: 'We don't know precisely how much time is left' until the bombing starts

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is, allegedly, one of the grownups in the administration. He also plainly doesn't know what the hell he is doing, is gleefully sabotaged by Donald Trump at every turn, is handcuffed by a White House incapable of filling staff positions, and has been rendered largely impotent in international relations due to his inability to translate his boss' ridiculous temper tantrums into a foreign policy that any of his international contemporaries can understand enough to even take seriously. Let's check in with him on the administration's escalating battle with North Korea. "We're not using a carrot to convince them to talk," Tillerson said of North Korea. "We're using large sticks. And that is what they need to understand." "I'm going to use all the time available...
Conservatives push Trump to pardon—this whole Russia thing is just 'cruel'

Conservatives push Trump to pardon—this whole Russia thing is just 'cruel'

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Some whack job conservatives feel really bad for the four former members of Team Trump who have been indicted and are increasingly calling on the Don to issue presidential pardons to Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Politico writes: “I think he should be pardoning anybody who’s been indicted and make it clear that anybody else who gets indicted would be pardoned immediately,” said Frederick Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and senior vice president at the conservative Center for Security Policy. [...] “It’s kind of cruel what’s going on right now and the president should put these defendants out of their misery,” said Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist. “I think he should pardon everybody — and pardon himself.”  Good god, what planet are these gu
Rick Gates prepares to plead guilty … but what does Mueller get?

Rick Gates prepares to plead guilty … but what does Mueller get?

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Former Trump aide Rick Gates is charged with 12 counts that include lying to the FBI, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, and … PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., and RICHARD W. GATES III, together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury, and to commit offenses against the United States … That charge of conspiracy against the United States contains six separate counts. A conviction on all charges would be expected to land Gates behind bars for decades. But over the last few weeks there have been repeated stories about Gates’ wrangling with his defense attorneys a
Robert Mueller Bulldozes Trump’s Red Line By Investigating Jared Kushner For Financial Crimes

Robert Mueller Bulldozes Trump’s Red Line By Investigating Jared Kushner For Financial Crimes

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Robert Mueller has gone exactly where Trump didn’t want him to go. The Special Counsel is investigating Trump son in law Jared Kushner for financial crimes. CNN reported, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from […] The post Robert Mueller Bulldozes Trump’s Red Line By Investigating Jared Kushner For Financial Crimes appeared first on Politicus USA.
Fourth Circuit: It's not okay to handcuff school children, but go ahead and do it anyway

Fourth Circuit: It's not okay to handcuff school children, but go ahead and do it anyway

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Two girls got into a fight on the school bus on their way to East Salisbury Elementary School in Salisbury, Maryland. The bus driver suspended them both from the bus for three days, but the school decided more was needed. They called their school resource officer, sheriff’s deputy Rosemary Dolgos, who spoke with both girls. After determining that one girl, A.W., had slight bruising, Dolgos moved on to speak with the second, E.W., about the fight. Because E.W. didn’t seem concerned enough, Dolgos opted to teach the fourth-grader a lesson by handcuffing her. Dolgos told E.W. that she was there to discuss what took place on the bus. But, in Dolgos’s estimation, “E.W. [did not] seem to care.” J.A. 23. E.W. explained, “A.W. stepped on my shoe so I kicked her and started to hit her.” J.A. 23.
Trump aides were trying to 'move on' from Porter scandal even before shooting offered a 'reprieve'

Trump aides were trying to 'move on' from Porter scandal even before shooting offered a 'reprieve'

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Seventeen people killed in a school shooting was good news for the Donald Trump White House after a week of bad headlines, leaking, and infighting over how former staff secretary Rob Porter was allowed to keep his job despite a history of domestic violence preventing him from getting a permanent security clearance. “For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” said one White House official, speaking anonymously to reflect internal conversations. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.” But even before the shooting, the White House was looking for ways to “move on” from the Porter scandal … and, in the grand tradition of the Trump administration, doing a half-assed version of it focused more on the headlines than on real
As Children Were Dying In Parkland, The White House Was Relieved That The Rob Porter Heat Was Off Them

As Children Were Dying In Parkland, The White House Was Relieved That The Rob Porter Heat Was Off Them

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The White House admits that they used the Parkland school shooting as an excuse to cancel press briefings and a distraction away from the Rob Porter scandal. The Washington Post reported: Press staffers cited the tragedy as a reason to cancel on-camera briefings for the remainder of the week, allowing them to avoid questions about […] The post As Children Were Dying In Parkland, The White House Was Relieved That The Rob Porter Heat Was Off Them appeared first on Politicus USA.