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Here’s how House Democrats can expose Trump and his children — even if they’re not willing to impeach

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Impeachment carries potential political peril for House Democrats — but one conservative writer argued they must somehow punish the “despicable behavior” by President Donald Trump that was uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Norm Ornstein, a contributing editor for National Journal and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said full-blown impeachment hearings may prove too risky for Democrats, but he showed in an essay for The Atlantic how they could publicize Mueller’s findings in another way.

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“There is ample evidence of behavior on the part of the president that fits any reasonable definition of high crimes and misdemeanors,” Ornstein wrote, “and most likely there will be a lot more when the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and other jurisdictions of the Justice Department finish their work — at least if (Attorney General William) Barr does not stymie them. The House has a constitutional responsibility to follow up.”

He said a failure to take meaningful action against Trump would no doubt enrage the Democratic base, and he laid out a possible route lawmakers could take that stopped short of impeaching the president.

“What we need is for the Judiciary, Intelligence, and Homeland Security Committees to conduct a series of deep dives into the areas of communication and coordination between Trump and his campaign with Russians and their surrogates, such as WikiLeaks,” Ornstein wrote, “the multiple categories and areas of obstruction of justice that Robert Mueller outlined; the threats to our intelligence operations and our justice system from Trump and his operatives; and the moves by Russia to interfere in and influence our elections used by Trump and unchecked by Republicans.”

Other committees should be prepared to do the same thing as new information about possible Russian money laundering emerges from the SDNY investigation and probes by New York’s attorney general.

Ornstein urged Democrats to coordinate the hearings so they don’t overwhelm the public with evidence, and he suggested that each committee use an experienced lawyer, such as former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, to lead the hearings.

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He also proposed doing away with five-minute rounds of questioning, which disrupts hearing continuity, and give the counsel an hour to ask questions of witnesses, or perhaps give a small group of committee members 15 to 30 minutes to ask questions on a given topic.

“This system might cause hard feelings among members who will not get their five minutes in the sun — and would reduce the public role for chairs — but it is better suited to accomplish the larger goal,” Ornstein wrote. “And that larger goal is to build a compelling record, through vivid testimony, of what Trump and his people, including his children, did and did not do, said and did not say truthfully, that is the core of Mueller’s report.”


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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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