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‘This is going to come out’: Malcolm Nance says dossier was right about Trump committing ‘high crime’ of bribery

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Nested in Christopher Steele’s dossier on President Donald Trump are two pieces of research that could spell the end of his presidency, whether Republicans want it or not.

Before taking off for a Mother’s Day of golfing, Trump tweeted out that he’s working with the Chinese president to bring back a phone company accused of spying on hundreds of millions of users.

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“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”

Young investigative journalist Scott Stedman posted two screen captures from the dossier that outline ways in which Trump’s tweet could be indicative of a bribery scheme.

“TRUMP’s business dealings in China and other emerging markets…were substantial and involved the payment of large bribes and kickbacks which, were they to become public, would be potentially very damaging to their campaign,” the excerpt said.

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“Suggestion from source close to TRUMP and MANAFORT that Republican campaign team happy to have Russia as media bogeyman to mask more extensive corrupt business ties to China and other emerging countries,” another portion of the dossier reads.

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MSNBC commentator Malcolm Nance explained Sunday that this could be an example of bribery, which is listed among the “high crimes against the Constitution.”

Nance is spot on, Section 4 of Article Two of the United States Constitution outlines that the “President Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

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These types of dealings are business as usual for Trump, who once wanted to legalize bribery. On occasion, Trump denounced the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which was passed after the Watergate scandal to make it illegal for any American to bribe a foreign official.

“What are we prosecuting people to keep China honest?” Trump asked during a May 2012 phone-in to CNBC. “Now every other country goes into these places and they do what they have to do. It’s a horrible law, and it should be changed. I mean, we’re like the policemen for the world, and it’s ridiculous.”

The plot thickened when it was revealed Sunday night that Qatari officials met with Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn Dec. 12, 2016. Qatar is now involved in a lawsuit about a bribery plot for Trump administration officials.

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Trump promoting himself as the ‘second coming of God’ is another sign of his lack of basic mental capacity: Yale psychiatrist

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump retweeted an anti-Semitic super-fan who compared Trump to the "second coming of God." That was after he made comments Tuesday suggesting that Jews who vote for Democrats are traitorous to Israel. The comments come after a long summer of Trump accusing members of the Squad of being anti-Semitic and suggesting that the Clintons are responsible for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's death in jail.

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