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‘Unlawful and condemnable’: Fox News legal analyst says obstruction case against Trump is overwhelming

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano published a column Thursday in which he outlined the case that President Donald Trump repeatedly tried to unlawfully obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In his editorial, Napolitano argued that Attorney General Bill Barr was wrong to clear Trump of obstruction charges, as it’s very clear from Mueller’s report that the special counsel believes that the president obstructed justice.

In fact, Napolitano takes Barr to task for his view that you cannot obstruct an investigation that does not find that you committed an underlying crime.

“The nearly universal view of law enforcement, however, is that the obstruction statute prohibits all attempted self-serving interference with government investigations or proceedings,” he writes. “Thus, as Georgetown Professor Neal Katyal recently pointed out, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of obstruction for interfering with an investigation of his extramarital affair, even though the affair was lawful.”

Napolitano further argues that someone’s attempt to obstruct justice doesn’t have to be successful for it to be a criminal offense.

“If my neighbor tackles me on my way into a courthouse in order to impede a jury from hearing my testimony, and, though delayed, I still make it to the courthouse and testify, then the neighbor is guilty of obstruction because he attempted to impede the work of the jury that was waiting to hear me,” he writes.

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The Fox News legal analyst concludes that Democrats would be well within their rights to start up impeachment hearings based on the Mueller report, though he hedges about whether they would successfully get enough Republicans on board to ever convict the president.

Still, he argues, this does not excuse Trump’s behavior as outlined in the Mueller report.

“Ordering obstruction to save himself from the consequences of his own behavior is unlawful, defenseless and condemnable,” he writes.

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Self-preservation fuels the Democratic base’s lurch to the left — before the rich take it all

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In 2016 all the corporate news media outlets, NPR included, predicted that Trump would lose. They just did not recognize the discontent in America’s rust belt because the economic dislocation that had, and continues to define life there, was just not part of their personal frame of reference.

They thought the country was several years into a recovery and the national aggregate unemployment data they had commissioned confirmed it. But nobody lives or votes in the aggregate. And it wasn’t until Trump flipped the 200 counties that Obama had carried twice, that the corporate news media started paying some attention.

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Experts discuss the distorted impeachment debate at a propaganda forum — and how real debate can untangle it

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“Would you be upset if the Democratic nominee called on China to help in the next presidential election?” That’s the concrete question we should ask ourselves about Robert Mueller's report and the issue of impeachment, according to University of California, Santa Cruz, social psychologist Anthony Pratkanis, speaking at a recent Zócalo Public Square event, “Is Propaganda Keeping Americans From Thinking for Themselves?

This was a week before President Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, apparently welcoming foreign interference in the 2020 election. Impeachment wasn’t the ostensible subject of the event — which also featured Texas A&M historian of rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca and UCLA marketing scholar and psychologist Hal Hershfield — but it was never far from mind.

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GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms

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According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.

The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."

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