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Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein: Trump is obstructing justice by signaling a ‘pardon’ for Manafort

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Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein told CNN’s Ana Cabrera that President Donald Trump has consistently shown a pattern of obstruction of justice.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax fraud on Tuesday by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia.

President Trump responded to the news by tweeting, “I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” – makeup stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man!” [sic]

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During Wednesday’s show, Bernstein said that President Trump’s comments signal that he might try to pardon Manafort.

“I don’t think any serious person and certainly no serious lawyer or Justice Department official that I know of thinks it is anything but an attempt to dangle a pardon,” he said.

Bernstein added, “He has every right to pardon any person he wants to, but the act of signaling it at this point might well be a part of a pattern of obstruction as well as an obstruction in itself.”

He also called out Republicans for being silent and not holding President Trump accountable.

“The Republicans on Capitol Hill have been craven and have enabled Trump’s coverup. They have enabled his continuing lie without calling him into account,” he said.

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Donald Trump whines ‘it’s not fair I’m being impeached’

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he was fine with a "longer" impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate because he wanted to call his own witnesses to appear, despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's resistance.

Yet, when he returned to Twitter Friday night, Trump lamented that it wasn't fair he was being impeached.

"It’s not fair that I’m being Impeached when I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong! The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have become the Party of Hate. They are so bad for our Country!" he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1205648124989100033

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It’s hard to argue Trump was innocent when Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine to keep it going: Former US Attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explained Friday that it's difficult for President Donald Trump to claim he is innocent of attempting to bribe Ukraine when his own lawyer just returned from trying to dig up more dirt on the son of his opponent.

"Isn't this what got the president in trouble in the first place?" CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Bharara.

"Yes, it actually is," Bharara said simply. "I don't know exactly what's going on here. I think Rudy Giuliani wants to be close to the president and help the president and argue on behalf of the president. There are a lot of implications that Rudy Giuliani is doing going on forays back to Ukraine, which some people would call the scene of the crime. It causes more scrutiny to be brought upon him. We've seen reported he's under investigation himself, and I think it raises eyebrows in the political sphere. But I think something important about it relates to impeachment."

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‘Moscow Mitch’ blunder means Donald Trump can never be vindicated: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for violating a legal principle that has existed for over 1,000 -- and his move means that President Donald Trump can never be vindicated during impeachment.

Tribe, who has taught at Harvard Law School for 50 years and argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court, has been advising Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats during the impeachment inquiry. He was interviewed on Friday by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber.

Tribe said, "what it looks like is that the majority leader is going to conduct this trial as though he's a member of the defense team," Tribe said. "You know, it's an ancient principle, centuries-old -- actually over a millennium old -- that you can't be a judge on your own case and effectively, to allow Donald Trump to call the shots, violates that principle."

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