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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.

“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.

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“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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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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Trump: Immigrants didn’t want to come to America before I was president because ‘Obama wasn’t a cheerleader’

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President Donald Trump's strange rant about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore wasn't the only head-scratching exchange that occurred during his recent interview with reporters from The Hill.

During another part of the interview, Trump was asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) criticism of the internment camps he's been using to house immigrant children.

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