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Here’s the best reason for Mueller to indict Trump even if the DOJ shoots it down: Ex-FBI agent

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The general consensus among legal experts is that a sitting president cannot be indicted for crimes.

However, former FBI agent Asha Rangappa thinks there’s a very good reason that special counsel Robert Mueller should pursue an indictment against President Donald Trump anyway.

Writing in the Washington Post, Rangappa says that an indictment of the president would have the beneficial side effect of letting the public see the evidence that Mueller has accrued against him.

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“If… Mueller believes that he has gathered enough evidence that would warrant charging Trump with one or more crimes, he can provide that evidence in his final report to the attorney general, along with a recommendation that the president be indicted,” she writes. “The attorney general could approve that recommendation, in which case such an indictment would become public (with its constitutionality litigated in court).”

Even if the DOJ rejects the special counsel’s recommendation to indict, she says that rejection would in and of itself “automatically trigger the reporting requirement to Congress” and thus “might be the only way to guarantee a report goes to Capitol Hill.”

Rangappa acknowledges that Mueller may not recommend an indictment against the president because he’s a “by-the-book” prosecutor who knows DOJ guidelines recommend against such actions. However, she thinks Mueller could use the indictment as a way to jump start the political debate about whether the president should be removed.

“By recommending an indictment that will be overruled, Mueller could likewise automatically pass the baton to Congress and allow the political process to pick up when the criminal process can go no further,” she concludes.

Read the whole column here.

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Trump’s lies and deception are catching up to all of us as the stock market posts ‘worst point drop ever on record’

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In a muddled, dishonest, rambling news conference from the White House press briefing room, President Donald Trump for over an hour talked to reporters Wednesday evening about coronavirus in an attempt to stave off three days of market near-collapse. He lied. He twisted the truth. He displayed little grasp of basic facts. He didn’t let the experts run the show.

He instilled no confidence Wednesday night. In fact, the DOW futures dropped as Trump began speaking:

Dow Futures dropped when Trump said the market fell 2k points because of the Dem debate pic.twitter.com/cvbviB2l9a

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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