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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.

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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.

“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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Trump has been talking a big game on debates — but he hasn’t even committed to the ones they scheduled

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In recent interviews, President Donald Trump talked a big game about the presidential debates against presumptive Democratic opponent Joe Biden. The president has even called for an additional debate to happen sooner.

"The one problem I have, the debate's very late. It's at the end of September and a lot of ballots will already be cast by that time," Trump ranted in a "Fox & Friends" interview this week.

“By the time of the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, as many as eight million Americans in 16 states will have already started voting," said Rudy Giuliani who has been negotiating debates for Trump.

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‘So many bootlicking hacks’: Trump campaign ignites mockery with ‘hilarious’ list of potential debate moderators

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CNN’s Brianna Keilar explains why she battled Trump adviser: ‘You can’t just ignore BS — you have to shovel it’

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This Tuesday, CNN's Brianna Keilar got into a heated exchange with Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp, fact-checking her assertions that mail-in voting can lead to election fraud. This Wednesday, Keilar did a follow-up on the segment, saying that a coronavirus death in the U.S. is more than "2000-times likely to occur than a case of voter fraud in any type of election."

Keilar then addressed some criticism her network has received over its choice to interview Trump campaign officials when their struggles with the truth are well known.

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