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Ex-Solicitor General explains Trump’s best option: ‘Resign and avoid a criminal trial’

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The former acting Solicitor General of the United States during the Obama administration counseled President Donald Trump to cut a deal with federal prosecutors to resign from office to avoid criminal prosecution.

Neal Katyal joined guest-host Ali Velshi on MSNBC’ “All In” on Monday evening.

“The question is whether or not, at some point, Donald Trump faces justice,” Velshi noted. “And maybe that’s while he is the sitting president of the United States, or maybe it’s right afterward. What’s your best guess?”

“Yeah, so I think it could be either,” Katyal replied.

“I think he has to know that even if he wants to play this get out of jail free card about sitting presidents, he’s not going to be the president forever,” he explained. “There is not going to be a statute of limitations defense that is going to clearly work for him.”

“So he knows he’s facing the serious prospect of time behind bars,” Katyal concluded.

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“And really, the card he has left to play is resign and avoid a criminal trial,” he counseled.

“And I think that that’s going to become an increasingly likely possibility as the facts come out and as the American public realizes, they’ve got a guy in office who has lied to the American people, committed felonies, and is in deep violation of his oath, to take care that the laws be faithfully executed and uphold the Constitution of the United States,” he added.

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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