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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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Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich

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You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.

By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.

He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.

How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?

He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.

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Trump-loving Minneapolis police union boss calls the cops on a reporter for knocking on his door

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Lt. Bob Kroll, the Trump-loving president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, called the police this week on a Washington Post reporter for the purported offense of knocking on the door of his house.

In an effort to get Kroll to respond to the charges that were filed this week against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death, the Post sent one of its reporter to Krolls house after multiple other requests for comment went unanswered.

"A Washington Post reporter who knocked on Kroll’s door was soon pulled over by a police officer who said that Kroll had reported suspicious activity on his front porch and that 'he doesn’t want any press,'" the paper reports.

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‘I know a dying administration when I see one’: British journalist says brutal crackdown will seal Trump’s doom

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British journalist Ed Luce called out Senate Republicans for covering a dying Trump administration that's threatening U.S. democracy as it gasps for survival.

The Financial Times' chief U.S. commentator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that President Donald Trump is trying to crack down on dissent and rally his hardcore base as the coronavirus and now nationwide protests against police brutality threaten his re-election chances.

"There are other Republican senators who are keeping silent because they know that what Trump is doing, what Trump is suggesting, is wrong," Luce said. they're scared of a backlash if they speak out."

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