Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe detailed how his views about impeaching President Donald Trump have changed during recent years.
Tribe was the co-author of the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell noted that “the guidance you gave us in that book was in many ways putting the brakes on talk about impeachment that we were hearing [back] then. This story has changed dramatically to where we are tonight.”
“It certainly has,” Tribe replied. “I was saying impeachment can be very divisive. It can have a big backlash, it can look like we’re trying to undo an election, so we have to go slowly and carefully.”
That changed with the public release of the redacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“After the Mueller report came out, with all after its astonishing revelations about the systemic and sustained Russian attack on our democracy and the president’s sustained efforts to obstruct inquiry into that attack — even inquiry of a counterintelligence-type that would enable us better protect ourselves from going on attack in 2020 — it game clear there was no time to lose,” Tribe explained.
“So that’s why I’m very much in favor of the kinds of hearings that Rep. Nadler (D-NY) already as chairman of Judiciary is engaged in now. They’re not called impeachment hearings, but the impeachment process for anyone who understands what’s going on,” he continued. “It’s underway, but they don’t have the bumper sticker yet.”
“They’re looking into all of the evidence connecting the dots and as you’re earlier guests said, putting live witnesses on the air so that people can see for themselves through people like Don McGahn just how corrupt and fundamentally criminal this president was,” he explained. “And we cannot assume that public opinion will be completely impervious to that demonstration. That’s why the president is trying to shut them all up, trying to stonewall in this unprecedented way.”
Tribe said Trump’s crimes were worse than those committed by former President Richard Nixon.
Nixon “was not engaging in treacherous betrayal of the American republic. He was being a scofflaw, being a crook, but now we’ve got somebody who is fundamentally engaged in treachery.”
“Nothing could be more serious,” the Harvard Law professor concluded.
Tribe added that Trump “can still be tried criminally and that hopefully will happen when this president leaves office because he’s committed a lot of crimes.”
Maxine Waters calls for Trump’s Cabinet initiate the 25th Amendment ‘before this would-be dictator takes us all down’
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) called for Donald Trump to be removed from office on Friday.
"Is there one brave member of Trump’s cabinet who would move to initiate the 25th Amendment to remove him from office?" Waters asked on the president's favorite social networking platform.
The 25th Amendment would allow Vice President Mike Pence to ascend to the presidency if a majority of Trump's cabinet declares "the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."
"Now is the time to save our country before this would-be dictator takes us all down!" Waters warned.
US planning to slash troops in Germany: report
US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to slash the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
The newspaper said the Defense Department would cut the number of military personnel by 9,500 from the current 34,500 permanently assigned to Germany postings.
The Journal also said a cap of 25,000 would be set on how many US troops could be inside German at any one time, whether in permanent postings or temporary rotations, half of the current allowance.
The move would significantly reduce the US commitment to European defense under the NATO umbrella, though it could also impact Pentagon operations related to Africa and the Middle East.
Manhattan DA announces protesters arrested by NYPD will not be charged: ‘Our office has a moral imperative’
The Manhattan District Attorney announced on Friday that his office would not be prosecuting protesters arrested for low-level crimes.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced that Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct would not be prosecuted during the demonstrations over police violence.
"“The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve. Days after the killing of George Floyd, our nation and our city are at a crossroads in our continuing endeavor to confront racism and systemic injustice wherever it exists. Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime. We commend the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who have peacefully assembled to demand these achievable aims, and our door is open to any New Yorker who wishes to be heard," Vance said in a statement.