Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman explained to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Wednesday how the guilty pleas by longtime Donald Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has brought into question the legitimacy of the current president.
Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson pointed out that Cohen’s guilty pleas beg the age-old question, “What did the president know and when did he know it?”
“Because Michael Cohen has said, ‘No, I didn’t do this on my own, this was not a rogue mission, this was President Trump telling me, yes, let’s try and pay these people off to influence the election,’ that’s the moment where we have liability for the president,” Levinson noted.
“That is the moment in which the legitimacy of this presidency comes into question,” Velshi noted. “Some crime that may have resulted in the president gaining this presidency, that speaks to the legitimacy of this presidency, the legitimacy of this presidency came under great pressure last night.”
“Of course,” Ackerman replied. “This is what its all about.”
“You’ve got him now involved as a co-conspirator with Michael Cohen, this is not some simple campaign violation,” he concluded.
Democratic lawyer debunks Trump’s claim that he has any hope left for election lawsuits
President-elect Joe Biden's chief legal counsel, Bob Bauer, brought together hundreds of lawyers and thousands of legal volunteers ready to protect the 2020 election and the counting of the votes as they were cast. In a video to Biden supporters, Bauer explained the reality to those still denying the election results.
He began by citing Trump's recent tweets that he would continue to litigate his loss and encourage right-wing supporters their fears of an "election hoax" are justified.
Donald Trump dodges questions at turkey pardon: ‘Will you be interested in a pardon for yourself?’
President Donald Trump on Tuesday declined to say whether he will be seeking a pardon as he prepares to leave the White House.
At an annual White House Thanksgiving ceremony, Trump took credit for new stock market gains and suggested that President-elect Joe Biden should adopt his "America First" slogan.
After pardoning a turkey named Corn, Trump, who was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, ignored questions shouted by reporters.
"Any pardons before leaving office?" ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl could be heard yelling. "Will you be interested in a pardon for yourself."
Biden’s plan to reverse Trump’s legacy of encouraging white nationalism is fraught with challenges: columnist
According to the Washington Post's Greg Sargent, President Trump has set a "hidden trap" for Joe Biden once he assumes the mantle of the presidency.
"Biden vowed to 'restore the soul of the nation' as president, meaning he won’t use the power and influence of the office to carry out a white nationalist agenda or to lend support to right-wing extremists and white supremacists, instead 'uniting' the country," Sargent writes.
A huge problem Biden faces, according to Sargent, is how to reverse the legacy of the Trump administration when it comes to encouraging white nationalism and violent domestic extremism.