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Watch: Watergate prosecutor compares Trump to King George as he destroys ‘flimflam’ new legal memo

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A leaked memo obtained by the New York Times lays out President Trump’s defiant response to the Mueller investigation, claiming the president can’t be charged for his possible crimes because he’s the president.

The memo was promptly destroyed on MSNBC by Nick Akerman, who was an assistant Watergate prosecutor. Akerman said Trump is surrounded by terrible legal talent and that his argument sounds like something that would be claimed by the British King who inspired the American Revolution.

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“First of all, the whole idea that he can’t be charged with obstruction of justice—the last time that ever happened in this country is when we were ruled by King George. That’s what the whole rule of law is about. The president has to faithfully execute the laws. If it he winds up having the corrupt intent to put the kibosh to an investigation, that’s obstruction of justice. If I advise someone to take the fifth amendment that’s fine. But if I do it with the corrupt intent to cover up crimes I committed, that’s obstruction of justice. That applies to the president. The U.S. Supreme Court said no man is above the law.”

Former U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade agreed the memo was full of substandard legal reasoning and was unlikely to influence Mueller. Then she asked why this document has been released.

“Whenever there’s a leak, I ask myself, who might have had a motive and what purpose,” she said. “It may be that Trump’s legal team isn’t interested in convincing Mueller but in getting this conversation out in the public arena.”

Trump had accused his own justice department of the leak in a tweet.

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“It seems that, especially with such flimsy legal arguments, the audience isn’t so much Mueller and his team but the public and those who might be sympathetic to President Trump,” she said.

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“They’re just trying to put up a bunch of flimflam. Donald Trump is just a flimflam artist trying to sell more snake oil, and this is another way to package the same snake oil he’s been selling to the public through Rudy Giuliani for the last week,” said Akerman.

Watch the full segment below.

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US military had to bomb our own base in Syria because of Trump’s mistakes — and one Republican is furious

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President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw in Syria in less than 24 hours put American troops at risk as they were being fired on by Turkey. However, according to the Wall Street Journal , the military was also forced to bomb our own military base.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been critical of Trump's decisions in the past months, pointed out the factoid in a tweet Wednesday evening, asking, "Is this the America you grew up believing in?"

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"On Wednesday, the U.S. military said two F-15E jet fighters carried out an airstrike to destroy an ammunition-storage facility, latrines, tents and other parts of the Syria headquarters of the American campaign to destroy Islamic State after pulling its forces from the base," reported The Journal.

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Maddow outlines how Giuliani and his arrested pals seem to be leading back to a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow detailed the way that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his two recently-arrested business associates are now linked to an oligarch in Ukraine.

In an NBC News report earlier Wednesday, it was revealed that Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were doing work with oligarch Dmytro Firtash.

The report revealed that Firtash was involved in getting partners for an oil and gas company while also helping with the effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump accused of working to ‘obstruct his own impeachment’ by congressional attorneys: report

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On Wednesday, Politico reported that lawyers working for the House of Representatives issued a blistering court filing accusing President Donald Trump, among other things, of trying to use the power of his office to "obstruct his own impeachment."

The filing, part of the House Judiciary Committee's attempt to seek testimony from ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn, cites the White House's repeated efforts to block current and former Trump administration officials from testifying — and even some allies of Trump who have never held any position in his government.

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