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Trump’s attorney general must indict the president if Mueller recommends action: Watergate-era DOJ official

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Attorney General William Barr should reconsider the Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president, according to a former official who helped craft that directive.

The current legal position was reached in 2000, but the directive against indicting a sitting president was first delivered in 1973, during the Watergate scandal, with a very narrow purpose, according to J.T. Smith II, executive assistant to Attorney General Elliot Richardson at the time.

Smith, writing for the New York Times, said the 1973 memo was intended to aid in removal of the criminally tainted Vice President Spiro Agnew, and not to set an “ironclad precedent” shielding presidents from indictment.

The Justice Department has revised its position five times since then, and reached different conclusions, and Smith said the current position — in place for nearly 20 years — should not be taken for granted.

“The durability of the Office of Legal Counsel’s 1973 opinion is curious,” Smith wrote. “It was prepared under extraordinarily stressful and unique circumstances — borne from the investigations that led to the resignations of Vice President Spiro Agnew that year and President Nixon in 1974.”

Agnew faced a grand jury investigation into alleged bribery, extortion and tax evasion, mostly coming from his time as governor of Maryland, and Richardson sought guidance on putting legal pressure on the vice president, who pleaded no contest after he was indicted and then resigned.

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“(Special counsel Robert) Mueller’s investigation has brought us to face similar questions of institutional integrity and transparency for the American public,” Smith said. “If Mr. Barr determines that Mr. Mueller’s findings compel legal action, he should reconsider the policy against indictment of a sitting president.”

If the attorney general believes the president’s conduct should be held accountable by the political process and not criminal prosecution, Smith said Barr must share the Mueller report with Congress — and the public.

“In light of the gravity of our circumstances,” Smith said, “it would be timely and appropriate for the Justice Department to reconsider the shaky policy regarding indictability of a sitting president and provide Congress and the public with the Mr. Mueller’s full findings and conclusions. Only through sunlight and transparency can we preserve confidence in our national institutions and leadership.”

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Trump’s horsewhip-carrying chief of protocol will resign after intimidating State Department staff: report

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President Donald Trump's chief of protocol plans to step down just ahead of the G-20 summit in Japan, according to Bloomberg News.

Sean Lawler, whose job includes assisting the president in diplomatic talks overseas and with foreign leaders in the White House, faces an investigation from the State Department's inspector general for intimidating subordinates, including carrying a horsewhip around the office.

The president reportedly did not care for Lawler, at one point asking officials why he still works at the White House.

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Jerry Falwell, Jr blasted as ‘un-Christian prat’ after trying to defend Donald Trump in battle with Southern Baptist ethics chief

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Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. was ripped online for attempting to rationalize President Donald Trump's detention camps for children.

Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, posted on Twitter an Associated Press story on the "perilous conditions" at a Texas Border Patrol station holding 300 children.

"The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this," Moore wrote.

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How one woman taunting a homeless McDonald’s employee turned his life around

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A woman in Fayette County, Georgia recently took to Facebook to disparage a McDonald's worker who was sleeping in the restaurant. "I go and tell an employee there is someone is asleep in their booth and her response was 'oh yeah, we know hee hee, it's ok' and I said 'not really but whatever,'" she wrote.

It turned out the sleeping employee, Simon Childs, is a 21-year-old homeless father who had recently lost his mother and was trying to catch some rest between multiple shifts at the restaurant.

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