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Ex-Watergate prosecutor says Trump lacks the authority to pardon Jared Kushner: ‘The president is not above the law’

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Guest hosting “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Friday, MSNBC’s Joy Reid set out to answer the question of whether a sitting president of the United States can be indicted.

Reid began by playing archival NBC News footage of the Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate investigation that ultimately drove President Richard Nixon from office.

For analysis, Reid brought on former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman, who noted he had a lot more hair in the footage Reid had just played.

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“The bottom line legal issue is the president is not above the law, he is not King George,” Ackerman explained. “In 1776, we made a determination that we were going to be run by a constitution and by laws. We did something pretty radical at that point, we got rid of the king.”

“Could Donald Trump evade all of this by pardoning himself?” Reid asked.

“I don’t think that would work. In fact, I don’t think the pardon power extends to the point where if you have a conflict-of-interest, whether you pardon your relatives, your son-in-law, your daughter, whoever it is, yourself,” Ackerman explained.

“Are you saying that Donald Trump could be prevented by a court from pardoning Jared Kushner or his son?”

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“Sure,” Ackerman replied.

“Under Article III, Section 3, of the United States Constitution, the president has to abide by and execute faithfully the laws of the United States,” Ackerman noted. “That doesn’t mean he can go out there and use them for his own purposes to evade the law and to put himself above the law and i think there would be a strong argument that any such pardon would not be enforceable.”

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

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Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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‘Vladimir Putin has something on Donald Trump’: Ambassador Sherman says the Kremlin must have kompromat

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Former Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman concluded on Monday that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin must have "something" on President Donald Trump.

"The latest reporting from The New York Times indicates that the thousands of troops that we have there, that the president moved, are now trapped. They don’t have an actual way out since Turkey has cut off the roads and the exit routes that they might use and so now there is the question of will there be an airlift? How will we get the U.S. troops out?" MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell asked.

"We haven’t had to get troops out like this since the fall of Saigon," Sherman replied. "This is going to be very, very difficult."

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