Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks told MSNBC on Friday that she had “always believed” a sitting president could be indicted — and that the new BuzzFeed allegations that President Donald Trump suborned perjury from his former fixer Michael Cohen may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
“The Justice Department’s long standing view is no, you cannot prosecute a president, for a variety of reasons,” said NBC reporter Pete Williams. “I’ll just boil it down to simply: the president can’t run the country from jail, at least not while he’s in office you can’t charge him.” Williams added that unless special counsel Robert Mueller isn’t bound by that legal opinion, Trump’s removal remained “a political issue for Congress.”
“I have always said that I believe that the president, even when sitting, can be indicted,” said Wine-Banks. “And if the facts justify it, and they are starting to look ominously like they do, justify indicting the president.” She added, however, that “impeachment is a very fine alternative”.
Host Hallie Jackson noted that both Presidents Nixon and Clinton were impeached in part for witness tampering and asked if that would spur Democrats to move “more aggressively toward impeachment.” Surprisingly, Wine-Banks replied that even Republicans might turn on Trump.
“I think this is the kind of evidence that could influence Republicans as well as Democrats to act faster, because they are the ones who got lied to, and the public got lied to,” she said. “There [was] also evidence of Nixon lying to the public as grounds for impeachment.”
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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines
Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.
"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.
More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.
At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.
Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy
"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."
Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why
According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.
As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."