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Democrats may be ready to impeach Trump — with or without Mueller’s findings

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Congressional Democrats are signaling they’re ready to embark on the impeachment process with or without a report from special counsel Robert Mueller.

A number of Democratic lawmakers said impeachment would be warranted if they could corroborate a BuzzFeed News report claiming President Donald Trump directed his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to congressional investigators, and they have indicated they might not wait for Mueller, reported The Atlantic.

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“The conduct alleged by BuzzFeed is consistent with other, independent evidence of Donald Trump as candidate instructing others to lie and Donald Trump as President obstructing justice,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who serves on both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

But the former prosecutor cautioned that reporting was not enough to impeach a president, despite what appeared to be significant evidence of wrongdoing.

“Evidence is not a conclusion, it must be tested,” Swalwell told The Atlantic.
“We should do all we can in Congress with the subpoena power and oversight responsibility to see if Trump acted this way. I don’t think anyone will be surprised if it’s confirmed.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — where impeachment proceedings must begin — promised to “get to the bottom of” the claims made by BuzzFeed against the president, and Trump’s attorney general nominee has said those allegations would justify impeachment.

“If a president knowingly or destroys or alters evidence, suborns perjury, or induces a witness to change testimony, or commits any act deliberately impairing the integrity of availability of evidence, then he, like anyone else, commits the crime of obstruction,” Barr wrote in a 19-page memo given to the president’s attorneys and others. “Indeed, the acts of obstruction alleged against Presidents Nixon and Clinton in their respective impeachments were all such ‘bad acts’ involving the impairment of evidence.”

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Democratic lawmakers have called on Mueller to release evidence to corroborate BuzzFeed’s reporting, if any exists.

“If Mueller does have multiple sources confirming Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, then we need to know this ASAP,” tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). “Mueller shouldn’t end his inquiry, but it’s about time for him to show Congress his cards before it’s too late for us to act.”

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley and senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway each refused to deny the BuzzFeed reporting, Ivanka Trump issued a carefully worded denial of some claims in the report, and the president had not directly commented on the allegations through Friday morning.

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Ex-cops indicted in fatal shooting of Black woman and ‘public torture’ of Black man in separate incidents

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Two former Mississippi police officers were indicted in the brutal beating of a Black motorist, and one of them was also charged in an unrelated fatal shooting.

Wade Robertson, 28, and Bryce Gilbert, 27, were charged with aggravated assault in the 2018 beating of James Barnett, and Robertson was also charged with manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of Dominique Henry, reported The Laurel Leader-Call.

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Andrea Mitchell knocks Biden for virtual convention speech: ‘How much does that damage the campaign?’

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MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell suggested to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden could "damage" his campaign by holding a virtual convention speech.

Mitchell made the remark after President Donald Trump said that he was considering holding his convention speech at the White House.

"Joe Biden is not going to Milwaukee," Mitchell told Pelosi. "How much does this damage the campaign?"

Pelosi disagreed by insisting that Democrats will hold a "great convention."

Mitchell then asked about Trump's plan to hold his convention speech at the White House.

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Trump’s psychiatric disturbance could destroy democracy if he wins a second term: clinical psychologist

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I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

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