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Stormy’s lawyer shreds Trump’s attorney for claiming ‘not to know’ if president is party to hush agreement

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Michael Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels, on Wednesday revealed that lawyers for President Donald Trump claimed not to know if he was party to a hush agreement with the adult film star.

In a motion filed in Los Angeles overnight, Avenatti asked for Trump to be deposed over an alleged affair he had with the adult film star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

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While speaking to CBS News on Wednesday, Avenatti explained that the motion was “relying on Supreme Court precedent” which ruled that President Bill Clinton was required to sit for a similar deposition.

“What we want is, we want the truth,” he said. “We want to know the truth about what the president knew, when he knew it and what he did about it as it relates to this agreement. We’re going to test the veracity or the truthfulness of Mr. Cohen’s, his attorney’s, statements. And we’re confident that when we get to the bottom of this, we’re going to prove to the American people that they have been told a bucket of lies.”

Avenatti said that he recently met with Trump’s attorney, who claimed he did not know if the president was party to the non-disclosure agreement with Clifford.

“They don’t know,” he said. “He said they don’t know yet whether Mr. Trump was a party to this agreement. How do you now know whether you’re a party to an agreement unless you’re just trying to to make it up as you go along.”

Avenatti also responded to criticism from David Schwartz, the lawyer for Michael Cohen, an attorney who represents Trump.

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“Schwartz is a hack straight out of central casting,” Clifford’s lawyer charged. “Next question.”

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Mike Pompeo’s behavior is straight out of Nixon VP’s playbook: historians

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s expletive-laden dust-up with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly is on message for the Trump-led Republican Party. Complaining that Kelly’s question about Ukraine was “another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration,” Pompeo has rallied the Republican base by slamming a journalist doing her job.

Whether he knows it or not, Pompeo is drawing from a playbook written a half century ago and perfected by a politician once voted the worst vice president in American history. Secretary Mike Pompeo, meet Vice President Spiro Agnew.

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‘Our chances of ever exiting the nightmare are shrinking’: Paul Krugman explains how the GOP is getting worse

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It is a great detriment to civil discourse that the divide between left and right in the United States is often depicted as being purely cultural — as if one’s politics were solely mediated by aesthetics, such as whether one prefers shooting guns or drinking lattes. This fabulist understanding of politics is harmful inasmuch as it masks the real social effects of the policy agendas pushed by left versus right. Seeing politics as aesthetic transforms what should be a quantitative debate — with statistics and numbers about taxation and public policy, questions of who benefits more or less from policy changes — and devolves it into a rhetorical debate over values.

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Legal battles sparked by Trump’s behavior could affect how the US government works for generations — long after his impeachment trial is over

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After the last Senate staffer turns out the lights, major questions remain to be decided outside of the Capitol about the limits of presidential power, the willingness of courts to decide political questions and the ability of Congress to exercise effective oversight and hold a president accountable.

Here are three of those questions.

What are the limits of presidential power?

First, the aggressive exercise of executive power by Trump has put this power under court scrutiny.

Trump’s vow to “fight all the subpoenas” breaks from the traditional process – negotiation and accommodation – that previous presidents have used to resolve disputes between branches of the government.

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