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Opinion Republicans Can’t Understand Why Trump Is Acting Guilty

23:33  19 march  2018
23:33  19 march  2018 Source:   nymag.com

Trump, Republicans must wake up or Pelosi and Democrats will soon control House

  Trump, Republicans must wake up or Pelosi and Democrats will soon control House It is time for Republicans nationwide to wake up to the very real threat of a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, the current House minority leader. This wake-up call is also for President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Neither they, nor any other Republican, should underestimate how disastrous it would be for their policies and for the country to have a left-wing Democratic majority in the House.

President Donald J. Trump laughs with Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, at the Friends of Ireland luncheon on March 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images.

That 's an assumption about Trump 's guilt , because the really monumental scandals (Watergate, Iran-Contra, Lewinsky) are the ones I'd guess that they're probably right in assuming Trump is guilty of something, but we don' t know for sure, not yet anyway. But there's one Republican who's convinced

Paul Ryan et al. taking a selfie: Trump And Pence Attend Annual Friends Of Ireland Luncheon At U.S. Capitol © Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images Trump And Pence Attend Annual Friends Of Ireland Luncheon At U.S. Capitol

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During the final competitive stages of the 2016 presidential primary, Ted Cruz was all that stood between the Republican Party and nominating a candidate who called Cruz “Lyin’ Ted,” insulted his wife’s appearance, and accused his father of possibly helping to assassinate JFK.

Jeff Roe, Cruz’s campaign manager, has never been one to let a thing like pathologically dishonest bullying affect his political judgment. In a New York Times op-ed this weekend, Roe urges his party to stand behind its president. “No, you don’t have to support the president’s tweet storms,” he wrote. “But you do have to defend his policy accomplishments.”

What happens if Trump fires Mueller?

  What happens if Trump fires Mueller? When President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973, he failed to drive a stake through the heart of his investigation. Propelled by appointment of a new prosecutor, congressional fortitude and public outrage, the Watergate probe continued. Load Error That was then. Today, the political atmosphere is different enough that if President Donald Trump triggers the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller, the fate of the Russia investigation would be thrown in doubt.

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Republicans have repeatedly argued that Schiff should be forced to testify on his and his panel’s contacts with the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint launched the impeachment inquiry. Democrats have countered that such efforts are an attempt by Republicans to divert attention away

What Roe has defined here is the mainstream stance of the Republican Party. A handful of dissidents, all of whom are retiring from elected office, have attacked the president as unfit for office. A considerably larger group on the right has staunchly defended every aspect of his performance. But the largest faction of the party has taken the position that Donald Trump is a fantastically successful president whose main error is undisciplined tweeting.

What is most notable about this approach is what it omits: the idea that Trump possesses authoritarian instincts or might be deeply implicated in the Russia scandal. It focuses entirely on the most superficial critique of his job performance and ignores evidence of his fundamental unfitness for office.

Schwarzenegger: Kasich could be a 'great alternative' to Trump

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'All In with Chris Hayes' host Chris Hayes is taking an Occam's Razor approach, the simplest explanation, to why everyone from Trump 's inner circle is lying

President Donald Trump is reportedly frustrated that "my guys" at the " Trump Justice But the department's attitude is said to be frustrating Trump , two sources told The Post, stating the president does not understand why his A number of Republicans who want to see the release of the memo

This weekend, Trump abandoned his pose of restraint toward Robert Mueller and began openly lashing out at the special counsel. This was yet another effort to test the limits of what his Republican allies would accept. Trump proceeded to hire a lawyer, Joseph E. diGenova, who has described the Russia investigation as a plot to “frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime.”

The mainstream Republican response to these provocations has focused on the style of Trump’s actions, rather than the substance. A Wall Street Journal editorial applauds the firing of Andrew McCabe from the FBI, assuring its readers that — while the evidence remains private — McCabe probably deserved it. “Mr. Sessions’s statement was a straightforward explanation that he fired Mr. McCabe for a serious violation of duty,” the Journal concludes. The stated rationale for the firing “should have been cause for Mr. Trump to let the dismissal speak for itself, but the President is too self-involved for such restraint,” the editorial lamented. “Instead he tweeted on Saturday, ‘Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy.’”

No. 2 GOP senator defends filibuster amid Trump attack

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Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill on November 10. The big question plaguing the Republicans isn' t just why they failed to pass something they had promised for Barack Obama was able to push through the Affordable Care Act only barely, even with a huge

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry in response to the dispute over Mr. Trump ’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Maybe the fact that Trump decided to taunt and smear the fired civil servant should be evidence that, perhaps, the pretext given for his firing is not entirely on the level. Maybe McCabe was singled out for scrutiny because Trump has demanded such an action. The Journal does not entertain the possibility, though. Trump is simply making the completely neutral execution of administrative justice appear biased for no reason at all.

Republican congressman Trey Gowdy, the former Benghazi inquisitor, has moved from his party’s fever swamp wing to its mainstream (or perhaps stood still while the party lurched further toward craziness than he could tolerate). Gowdy, who is retiring, scolded Trump’s lawyer John Dowd for threatening Mueller, saying, “If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.” But what if … Dowd’s client is not innocent? It would certainly explain his behavior, but also force people like Gowdy to entertain scenarios they would rather ignore.

The assumption that Trump is probably innocent informs the party’s most popular position on Mueller, which is to quietly defend his work, while ignoring the possibility that Trump would fire him. Last year, several Republican senators expressed support in passing a law to protect Mueller from the kind of purge Trump seems intent upon carrying out. But the progress of those bills has crawled to a halt. Democratic senators are pleading with their Republican colleagues to pass them before it’s too late:

A sitting president can be indicted, says former acting solicitor general

  A sitting president can be indicted, says former acting solicitor general Former acting United States Solicitor Walter Dellinger believes that a sitting president of the United States can be indicted."There is nothing in the constitutional text or judicial precedent that provides for a categorical bar to the indictment of a sitting president," Dellinger wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times Monday, adding, "No one should be above the law.

Cohen pleaded guilty to evading taxes from 2012 to 2016, as well as to lying to a bank and committing campaign-finance The same is true of laws such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act . If not for their involvement with Trump , and if not for his win in 2016, Cohen and Manafort might have never

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Most Republicans haven’t come out and repudiated these bills. Instead, they have slow-walked them and refused to say anything in public. “By some leaders’ reckoning, the special counsel bills are not yet ripe for consideration,” reports the Washington Post. “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) has said he will not schedule the bills for a markup until they are merged into a single piece of legislation.”

We know what it looks like when Republicans actually want to get a bill passed quickly. Just recall the frantic rush to pass the Trump tax cuts, a massive law shot through with errors in the haste to get something accomplished. It does not take much imagination to discern why the party is not eager to publicly declare themselves on the issue. They have hitched their political fortunes to the president. It is possible he could ultimately go so far as to violate their conscience, or their polling numbers, provoking a revolt. But in the meantime Trump’s party is giving every impression of quiescence. And that passivity, in turn, is feeding Trump’s confidence and aggression.

Suspect in Quebec City mosque slayings pleads guilty .
The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has changed his mind and pleaded guilty. A Superior Court justice refused to accept the pleas Monday pending a psychiatric assessment. Alexandre Bissonnette originally pleaded not guilty to the 12 charges Monday morning but that afternoon announced he wanted to plead guilty. Superior Court Justice Francois Huot refused to accept the pleas Monday pending a psychiatric assessment of the accused to ensure he fully understood the consequences of his decision. Huot placed a publication ban on Monday afternoon's proceedings but agreed Wednesday to accept the 12 guilty pleas. Bissonnette faced six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. More than 50 people were at the Islamic Cultural Centre in January 2017 when the shooting began during evening prayers. Six men aged between 39 and 60 were killed. Bissonnette said he didn't want the families to have to "relive the tragedy." Bissonnette told Huot on Monday he had been thinking for some time of pleading guilty but that he was missing certain pieces of evidence, which were relayed Sunday. "In my heart, it's the decision I've made," Bissonnette said. When Huot asked him if he was fully aware of what he was doing, Bissonnette replied, "Yes." Huot asked Bissonnette whether he knew he would be getting a life sentence and he answered, "I understand." Jury selection was scheduled to start April 3 and the trial to last two months. Many members of Quebec City's Muslim community were present in court Monday and Wednesday.

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