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Watergate prosecutor shocked by report Trump was caught ‘directly conspiring to obstruct justice’

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Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks explained the legal jeopardy facing Donald Trump after it was reported by Buzzfeed News that the president instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

“So Jill, to the sentencing of Michael Cohen, we all noticed that the special prosecutor was much more satisfied with Michael Cohen’s cooperation with his office than the local U.S. Attorney in Manhattan was satisfied with his cooperation with his office,” MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell reminded. “This could be why.”

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“This is Michael Cohen giving the special prosecutor his own account — of something they apparently already had through electronic communication — of the President of the United States directing Michael Cohen while he’s president, right from the Oval Office, to lie to congress,” O’Donnell reported. “This truly is a Nixonian moment.”

“This is exactly the Watergate model of Nixon saying you can always say, ‘I don’t remember, I don’t recall’ — even though you do,” Wine-Banks explained.

“That’s subornation of perjury, plain and simple,” she concluded. “It is a direct act of the president — while he’s president — interfering not only with an investigation, but of directly conspiring to obstruct justice.”

Wine-Banks said this could result in impeachment and Trump’s removal from office.

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“Even the Republican Senate is going to have to say we’ve been had, we can’t have him lying to us. And in the end of Watergate, it was the Republicans who went to Nixon and said, ‘You have to resign or we will convict you in the Senate.’ And that’s going to happen here,” Wine-Banks predicted. “We’re getting closer and closer.”

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The week Donald Trump’s presidency crashed and burned — and Republicans noticed

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It feels as though every week during the Trump administration is a year and every year a decade. Every day there is a crisis or an outrage or a revelation that takes your breath away. But the underlying dynamics always seem to be the same no matter what. The press reports the story, the Democrats get outraged, the pundits analyze it, the president rages and then Fox and the Republicans all line up like a bunch of robots and salute smartly. Then we reset until the next crisis, outrage or revelation. It's an exhausting cycle that never seems to get us anywhere and it's bred a fatalistic response in many of us: "Nothing matters."

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Turkish president threatens US over Trump’s insulting letter: ‘When the time comes necessary steps will be taken’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Friday warned the United States that it would pay a price for the letter send by President Donald Trump that warned him that history "will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen" in northern Syria.

The letter, which also advised Erdo?an to not "be a tough guy" or "a fool," was widely ridiculed in the media for sounding childish. Erdo?an, however, said on Friday that he took the president's letter as a serious insult to his stature as a world leader.

As reported by the BBC's Jon Sopel, Erdo?an called out the president's letter for being out of line with standard diplomatic protocol, and he suggested his country would not forget how the president showed them such little respect.

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‘We’re ready to vote’: Oversight Committee Dem claims Congress has the goods for impeachment

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (CA), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said he and other Democrats have enough in hand to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Speaking with host John Berman, Khanna was pressed on what he had learned behind closed doors from former and current officials working in Trump's administration, saying he couldn't divulge any more than has previously been released but that there was enough there to raise serious issues about Trump's continuing as president.

Pressed by host Berman whether lawmakers have enough to proceed with impeachment, the California Democrat didn't skip a beat and said yes.

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