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Sanders: Trump administration threatening to prosecute Clinton is ‘what dictators are about’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Thursday rejected suggestions that a Donald Trump administration may appoint a special prosecutor to press charges against Hillary Clinton, insisting it would be an “outrage” reminiscent of authoritarian regimes.

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if he thought President Barack Obama should pardon Clinton, the Vermont senator replied in shock. “To pardon Hillary Clinton?” he asked. “Hillary Clinton is not indicted.”

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Blitzer pressed Sanders on the issue, asking if President Obama should “not allow her to be charged with any potential crimes.”

“You know, there are those in the incoming Trump administration who want a special prosecutor to go ahead and file charges against her,” Blitzer continued, asking if it would be a “good idea” for President Obama to pardon Clinton.

“Look, President Obama will do what he feels is best,” Sanders said, shaking his head. “But the idea in a democracy in the United States of America, that a winning candidate would try to imprison the losing candidate, that’s what dictatorships are about. That’s what authoritarian countries are about.”

“You do not imprison somebody you ran against because you have differences of opinion,” he continued. “That would be an outrage beyond belief. And i think the vast majority of the American people would find that totally, totally unacceptable to even think about those things.”

Earlier in the segment, Sanders scoffed at Blitzer’s question over whether he was planning a run for president in 2020. “The last thing in the world, after this never-ending campaign—when we had not yet sworn in the new president—is to talk about 2020,” Sanders said.

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“There will be a whole lot of disappointment in this country if the media starts talking about 2020,” he added.

Watch the segment below, via CNN.

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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