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Trump’s known misconduct makes a congressional impeachment inquiry ‘obligatory’: Constitutional scholar

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Philip Bobbit, a law professor at Columbia University who specializes in constitutional law, has told the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent that House Democrats now have enough evidence to at least justify starting an impeachment inquiry.

In fact, writes Sargent, Bobbit thinks that Trump’s conduct has been so disturbing that “the next phase of the House’s response must functionally embody an acknowledgment that Trump’s now-known conduct very well may constitute ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ ultimately rendering an impeachment inquiry obligatory.”

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Digging into the specifics of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Bobbit says that it documents multiple instances of the president abusing power in ways that should at least be considered potentially impeachable offenses.

“Mueller depicts an executive branch that is using the levers of his constitutional power in a corrupt way,” he argues. “It’s not that a president can’t determine whom to prosecute or investigate, or give advice to members of the executive to shape their testimony at legislative hearings. It’s that he can’t do so with the intent to frustrate the investigation of his own culpability. We certainly have ample evidence that suggests this what he was trying to do.”

Bobbit also says that Trump’s efforts to obstruct this investigation are particularly damaging from a national security perspective because they could have blocked the government from obtaining important information about Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 elections by illegally hacking into the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails.

“The exposure of the country to very damaging political intelligence techniques, for the venal reason of not diminishing the status of your victory — would that be a high crime and misdemeanor? It certainly would,” he says.

Read the whole interview here.

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‘Trump endangered America’s democracy’: President’s delusion broken down in brutal WaPo analysis

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President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the fact that he lost the 2020 presidential election was the focus of a Washington Post deep-dive published online Saturday night.

The story, by Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Amy Gardner, was titled, "20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election."

"The facts were indisputable: President Trump had lost. But Trump refused to see it that way," the newspaper reported. "Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat, rageful and at times delirious in a torrent of private conversations, Trump was, in the telling of one close adviser, like 'Mad King George, muttering, ‘I won. I won. I won.'’"

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Female kicker makes college American football breakthrough

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Vanderbilt University kicker Sarah Fuller made collegiate American football history Saturday as the first woman to play in a "Power Five" contest in the Commodores' 41-0 loss to Missouri.

Fuller, goalkeeper for the school's Southeastern Conference champion women's soccer squad, was given the chance to play on the gridiron after Covid-19 testing left Vanderbilt without a kicker.

"I was really excited to step out on the field and do my thing," Fuller said.

Because Vanderbilt's offensive unit sputtered, her contribution was limited to a single play -- the second-half kickoff. She punched the ball to the Missouri 35-yard line, a tricky low offering compared to the usual deeper kicks, where the Tigers fell upon it.

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Republican’s own standing in Congress now in doubt — did his voter fraud lawsuit backfire?

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A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania has cast doubt on his own legitimacy to serve in Congress with his failed lawsuit attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) attempted to have the courts block certification of the 2020 election results, but his effort was rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday.

"The PA Supreme Court dismisses the case brought by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly that sought to overturn last year’s law creating no-excuse mail voting and to throw out those mail ballots cast in this election," Philadelphia Inquirer correspondent Jonathan Lai reported Saturday. "This is the case the Commonwealth Court had earlier blocked certification in."

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