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‘Far worse than Watergate’: NYU law professor says Trump’s alleged crimes have already surpassed Nixon

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Ryan Goodman, a law professor at the New York University School of Law, believes that President Donald Trump has already surpassed former President Richard Nixon if he really instructed former “fixer” Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

Writing at Just Security, Goodman argues that confirmation of Thursday night’s bombshell BuzzFeed report would mark a point of no return that would set Trump squarely on a course toward getting impeached by Congress.

Goodman then explains why this would be an even graver offense than the ones that forced Richard Nixon to resign in 1974.

“What makes the Cohen lies even worse — and yes, far worse than Watergate — is that it exposed any U.S. officials who were involved in orchestrating his false testimony to blackmail by Russia,” he writes. “If Trump suborned false statements, the President would have exposed not only himself to Kremlin blackmail, but also other members of his team who, according to court documents and reporting, helped orchestrate his personal lawyer’s congressional testimony.”

Instructing Cohen to lie would be such a clear-cut case of obstruction of justice, Goodman argues, that even Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, would not step in to save him if it’s proven to be true.

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“William Barr, the man nominated for attorney general with extreme views of presidential power, has written and testified… that suborning perjury or inducing a witness to change their testimony is a criminal act for which no presidential power protects it,” he writes.

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Hope Hicks to be investigated by House after new documents reveal she may have lied to Congress: report

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The House Judiciary Committee is investigating President Donald Trump's former White House communications director after new documents cast doubt on whether she told the truth while testifying before Congress.

"Hicks told the committee last month that she was not aware of the hush payment to Stormy Daniels when it was arranged. Today’s docs put her in phone calls with [Michael] Cohen and Trump during the period the payment was arranged, but don’t explicitly say those calls were about the payment," Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Rebecca Ballhaus reported.

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Trump might ‘already be in prison’ if not for the DOJ policy: national security lawyer

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On Thursday, newly unsealed documents showed that FBI agents believed President Donald Trump was personally involved in the illegal scheme to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an affair she had with him ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Furthermore, the Office of Legal Counsel memo prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president reportedly "factored into" the end of the probe.

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Trump picks Antonin Scalia’s son to replace disgraced former Labor Secretary: report

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On Thursday, NPR reported that President Donald Trump is naming Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to take over as Secretary of Labor.

Scalia, who served on the court from 1986 to his death in 2016, was known as one of the staunchest conservatives on the bench. His seat was deliberately kept vacant by Republicans for over a year to deny President Barack Obama the ability to make an appointment to it.

The Department of Labor was until this month run by former federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who resigned in disgrace amid renewed questions about his role in brokering a potentially illegal sweetheart plea agreement with hedge fund manager and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

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