Quantcast
Connect with us

‘The technical term is wigging out’: Ex-Solicitor General explains how Trump could be facing 9 years in prison

Published

on

The former acting Solicitor General of the United States predicted President Donald Trump would face impeachment proceedings during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” with Brian Williams.

Neal Katyal is a professor at Georgetown Law.

“I’ve taught the criminal law course about 20 times and I think what I teach my students is the technical legal term for how the president is feeling right now is wigging out,” Katyal joked.

Katyal explained the rule-of-thumb math that shows Trump could be looking at nine years in prison after his underling received three.

“I heard someone say yesterday, if this is the only thing they ever have on him, this could be big enough to be [the] ballgame, as this person put it. Do you concur with that?” Williams asked. “And as a general rule, do you think there is too much talk at this stage of impeachment in the media every day?”

ADVERTISEMENT

“Look, I think the president is right to be worried and your reporting suggests that he is about impeachment,” Katyal replied. “I think he’s got both indictment concerns and impeachment concerns — these are really serious things.”

He then explained how Trump’s defense against indictment could actually be making impeachment inevitable.

“If the president is going to say what he keeps saying, which is a sitting president can’t be indicted, every scholar who takes that view — including the two Justice Department memos that say that — also say if you can’t indict, then you have to launch the impeachment proceedings in the case of a serious allegation of something because that’s the only way to indict, which is impeach first, remove from office and then indict,” he explained.

ADVERTISEMENT

Katyal asked viewers to imagine the position in which Trump is boxing-in Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

“The argument that you can’t indict a sitting president is actually a set up for Congressman Nadler — who’s running the Judiciary Committee — to say ‘I’ve got to look at impeachment.’ Nadler has said time and again he doesn’t want to do it unless he really has to.”

“But these Trump arguments — which are like, ‘I’m above the law because I’m the sitting president — I think they’re going to force Nadler’s hand,” he continued.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I am convinced there will be an impeachment inquiry by the House of Representatives in the new Congress,” Katyal predicted. “I don’t see how it can be anything else at this point, given all the serious accusations against the president and his constant lying in trying to defend himself.”

Watch:


Report typos and corrections to [email protected].

Send confidential news tips to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

Published

on

On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters

Published

on

An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.

Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"

McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Do politicians actually care about your opinions? This researcher says no

Published

on

Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Continue Reading
 
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

Join Me. Try Raw Story Investigates for $1. Invest in Journalism. Escape Ads.
close-image