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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.

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“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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Florida teacher suspended after boasting he’d have a 1000-student body count if he shot up his school

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A teacher at Lakeland High School in Florida has been placed under a temporary risk protection order after boasting that he could rack up a 1,000-person body count if he perpetrated a school shooting.

Keith Cook, a math teacher and a veteran, described hypothetical acts of violence to students during a lockdown drill, including how if he were a school shooter, he'd first plant IEDs around the school, start shooting, drive panicked people into the areas where he had rigged up the explosives, and then detonate them. Some students were horrified by what he described.

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If Trump were the raving mad King of Liechtenstein all of this would be comical

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This week, a former White House official told Politico that “Trump’s been asking his government for some matter of months what can we do to make sure that China doesn’t get Greenland.”

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Donald Trump and the Jews: He’s exactly why most of us vote for Democrats

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If President Trump doesn't understand why a large majority of American Jews are Democrats, maybe he should take a look in the mirror.

In case you need a quick refresher, Trump sparked an enormous furor on Tuesday when he said, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." He added that "five years ago, the concept of even talking about this . . . of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the State of Israel?"

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