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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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."