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Democrats can put Mnuchin in prison right now for hiding Trump’s taxes: ex-Watergate prosecutor

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President Donald Trump continues to refuse to show Congress his taxes, citing an ongoing audit as an excuse.

On Saturday, former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman appeared on MSNBC’s Joy Reid show to demand Trump’s taxes. He even went so far as to suggest that officials who are helping shield Trump’s finances from Congressional scrutiny belong in prison if they continue to do so.

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“They have every right to get all of these documents and all of these witnesses, starting with the Secretary Treasurer Mnuchin who is refusing to turn over taxes even though there is a specific statute that provides that the IRS has to turn it over to Congress, and on top of it there is good reasons to receive those taxes.”

“I believe Congress has to take a very hard line,” Akerman continued. He notes that Congress has the power to hold officials in contempt which could lead to prison.

“If the Secretary of Treasury doesn’t produce those documents he’s ought to be held in contempt. And he ought to go to prison.”

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Trump defense team’s two most ‘egregious constitutional claims’ blown up by law professor: They ‘have impeachment exactly backwards’

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Writing for Just Security on Friday, Frank O. Bowman III, a legal expert and professor at the University of Missouri School of Law, detailed two of the “more egregious constitutional claims” put forth by Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team in a trial brief filed last week.

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‘Stop lying’: Experts and observers discredit Trump attorney’s impeachment defense with readily available facts

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After three days of House impeachment managers’ brilliant prosecution of President Donald Trump – and “prebuttal” of the arguments the president’s team was expected to make – White House attorneys Saturday morning began their defense of President Trump.

It’s not going well.

Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura (photo) has been making the majority of today’s arguments – they have decided that not enough people will be watching on TV so Saturday’s defense will last not eight but just two hours.

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Nancy Pelosi missed a big opportunity in impeachment — but she still has time to fix it

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers who wanted to forward to the Senate a broader array of impeachable offenses.

Having lost four of the last five House elections to the worst Republican Party in history, Speaker Pelosi remains cautious. She is overly worried about the conservative Democrats who won congressional seats in 2018 in Republican, pro-Trump districts. Endangering their seats might, Pelosi fears, lead to the loss of the House in 2020 and, more immediately, risk not having the votes in the House to pass additional impeachable offenses.

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