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Trump ‘thinks he is a king’: NYT scorches ‘radical and absolutist’ legal memo

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The New York Times has weighed in forcefully on President Trump’s controversial legal memo, in which he argues that he cannot be compelled to testify before a grand jury, prosecuted or charged with obstructing evidence because, as the president, he is the law.

Harry Litman, former United States attorney, scorched Trump’s legal argument as fundamentally at odds with the foundations of this country.

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“This understanding of presidential power is radical and absolutist. It is also unsound and almost certain to be sharply rejected should it ever be proffered in court,” the piece says. “No tenable account of executive power holds that a president’s purposes in exercising powers accorded under Article II, “to take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” have no import. If it were otherwise — if the president had the authority to use his constitutional powers for any reason — it would follow that he could accept a bribe for doing an official act, or, more saliently, extend a pardon to keep a witness from testifying. This would very clearly violate the maxim that the president is not above the law.”

The piece then goes on to analyze the three main arguments in the Trump memo—and destroys them all. Read it here.


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Trump accuses critics of sedition during post-golf Twitter rant full of conspiracy theories

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President Donald Trump returned to the White House from Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Saturday and proceded to air his grievances on his favorite social media platform.

Trump began by complaining about the "demented deep state" and a "probably illegal" partnership between Democrats and the media.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1175492022662287361

The president then retweeted a conspiracy theory by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) falsely claiming there had been a coup planned against the administration.

https://twitter.com/RepDougCollins/status/1175160888401244161

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GOP Senate candidate is worried he’ll lose if 2020 is a referendum on Donald Trump

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In 2018, Republican John James challenged Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and closely embraced President Donald Trump. He lost by 6.5% points.

In 2020, James is running for U.S. Senate once again, this time challenging Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) -- but is attempting to distance himself from the unpopular commander-in-chief.

“A vote for me is a vote for me,” James told MLive.com.

"This race isn’t about President Trump," he argued.

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Taylor Swift could swing 2020 against Donald Trump — a GOP consultant did the math

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Singer Taylor Swift could play a key roll in the 2020 presidential election, a Republican strategist explained on MSNBC on Saturday.

Swift has been public in her criticism of President Donald Trump and told Vanity Fair she is intent to "do everything I can for 2020."

Republican strategist Evan Siegfried was asked about Swift's activism by MSNBC anchor Alison Morris.

"At the same time, Taylor Swift did to something very good, urging people to register to vote months before the election," he noted. "A lot of young people did that."

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