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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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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera attacks former White House press secretary on Twitter as ‘old douche’

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In a bizarre moment, Sunday evening politics turned into a war of wards in President Donald Trump's Twitter comments.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera responded to former press secretary Joe Lockhart, who had replied to one of the tweets Trump retweeted from Rivera.

"Gloom settling on Democrats as they realize they’ve taken their best kill shot & missed. Dems in despair. Republicans United. @realDonaldTrump survives & #Impeachment all over but the shouting," said Rivera, hopefully not literally saying that Democrats wanted to shoot or kill the president.

Lockhart responded to the comment by mocking the Fox News host, saying that he was only making the comment to help get his contract renewed.

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‘Now we see why’ Trump blocked Bolton from testifying — and Republicans are barring witnesses: Adam Schiff

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is one of the handful of members of Congress who have served as managers for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. He has not only navigated the past week of the trial, but he conducted the first major hearing.

After the New York Times revealed key facts from former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book, Schiff said that it was clear the information Bolton has is why Trump blocked him from testifying.

“I think you have to for the sake of the office,” Trump told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham when she asked if he would block Bolton.

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John Bolton went to Bill Barr with concerns about Giuliani’s ‘shadow foreign policy’ in Ukraine: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr was cited recently by Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas as being part of the "team" of people workign to create a conspiracy to help get President Donald Trump reelected.

“Attorney General Barr was basically on the team,” said Parnas in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. “Mr. Barr had to know about everything.”

Parnas' lawyer, Joseph Bondy, has demanded that Barr recuse himself from overseeing the Parnas trial and investigation.

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