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Authoritarian expert demands Mueller ‘act now’ as Trump’s slow-motion ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ rolls on

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Authoritarian expert Sarah Kendzior demanded immediate action from special counsel Robert Mueller after the FBI on Monday fired agent Peter Strzok.

Kendzior cited the firing as a data-point in President Donald Trump’s “slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre.”

“Now you can add Peter Strzok to the politically motivated firings of officials who spoke out about Trump’s corruption and illicit dealings with Russia,” Kendzior reported. “This is a slow-motion purge and it will not spare anyone outside Trump’s inner circle, which will become smaller over time.”

“Trump, like any autocrat, aims to rewrite the law so that he can break it. As he purges the officials who investigate corruption, he packs courts with judges who will exonerate him regardless of evidence,” she explained.

“This erosion of justice and accountability is an entirely predictable consequence of having a crime family in the White House. This is a dynastic kleptocracy and the longer they are in, the worse it will get,” Kendzior predicted.

“Those who still have the power of the law need to use it now,” she counseled, with ‘now’ written in all capital letters.

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“Spare me talk of how the Mueller probe is moving fast,” she continued. “It’s not.”

“Institutions, already very weak before Trump, are in free fall,” she noted. “Act now or likely lose the option to act at all.”

Read the full thread by authoritarian expert Sarah Kendzior, the author of The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America:

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Trump drowned in ‘heavy metal jokes’ after trying to tag Dem challengers as ‘motley crew’

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President Donald Trump trotted out a new catchphrase to mock the field of Democratic presidential candidates, but it didn't get quite the reaction he may have hoped.

The president insisted polls looked good for his re-election chances, despite leaked internal polling that says otherwise, and tried to tag his potential 2020 challengers as a "motley crew."

Only Fake Polls show us behind the Motley Crew. We are looking really good, but it is far too early to be focused on that. Much work to do! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

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Trump betting he can win re-election by spinning new conspiracy theories to explain investigations: report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into President Donald Trump's association with Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 presidential election may be over. But that does not mean the president is free from oversight.

According to Politico, Trump is still facing 15 civil and criminal probes by at least nine federal, state, and municipal agencies on everything from obstruction of justice to campaign finance violations to using his office to enrich his family and businesses. But president is not bothered by these investigations — or at least, he believes that he can use them to his political advantage.

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Meet the mysterious conservative lawyer who keeps turning up in the Russia probes

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A prominent conservative lawyer keeps showing up in dramas central to the Trump administration and its battles with Congress—and it turns out he has intimate knowledge of Felix Sater’s intelligence work for the U.S. government while he was working with Trump.

The Moscow-born Sater is the financial criminal and violent felon who worked closely with Trump for years while simultaneously serving as a long-term informant for the FBI and other national security agencies.

In 2015 and into mid-2016, Sater pushed for the development of a Trump Tower in Moscow with his old friend Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime fixer, while trying to enlist support from the Russian government for Trump’s campaign.

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