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Historian explains how Democrats can use the Mueller report and this 1860 playbook to doom Trump’s presidency

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Whether Democrats should or shouldn’t pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump has been an ongoing debate within the party. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, although vehemently critical of the president much of the time, has stressed that she has no desire to impeach Trump — whereas Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has called for Democrats to “impeach the motherf*cker.”

But historian Jasmin Bath, in a May 13 article for the Washington Post, asserts that Democrats could use special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report for the Russia investigation to doom Trump’s presidency even if they don’t pursue impeachment.

Bath opens her article by explaining why Democrats consider impeachment politically risky: when Republicans tried to remove President Bill Clinton from office via the impeachment process in 1998/1999, it backfired and Clinton’s approval ratings increased. Democrats, she writes, “don’t want to lose the 2020 presidential election because voters felt Trump was unfairly persecuted.” However, Bath stresses that Democrats could use Mueller’s report to sink Trump’s presidency with an anti-corruption message — and the historian uses the events of 1860 to make her point.

Back in 1860, when Democrat James Buchanan was president, the GOP (which was a new party at the time) didn’t pursue impeachment — although Republicans used an anti-corruption message to tar and feather Buchanan. Bath notes that the Covode Committee, led by Republican Rep. John Covode, “produced a detailed majority report that exposed the crimes of the Democratic Party and the president himself.” Abraham Lincoln won 1860’s presidential election and in 1861, was sworn in as the United States’ first Republican president.

The history lesson for Democrats in 2019, according to Bath, is that just as the Republicans and anti-Buchanan Democrats of 1860 used the Covode report to their political advantage, Trump’s presidency can be sunk with a message that he is untrustworthy.

“Although Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp’ and eliminate corruption in Washington, the Mueller report reveals that Trump did not make any attempt to purify politics,” Bath writes. “Instead, he further contaminated them. Therefore, Democrats can ask whether he can be trusted to serve in the interests of the people. This is similar to the argument made by Republicans in 1860…. If the Covode report could help ruin a presidency in 1860, the Mueller report might just do the same in 2020—and lead to a Democratic victory.”

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Trump buried by ex-US Attorney for claim the Constitution allows him to do what he wants: Even Bill Barr ‘won’t go that far’

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Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance slapped aside Donald Trump's claim that Article II of the Constitution "allows me to do whatever I want," as the president put it.

Addressing the president's claim, made during an interview on ABC with host George Stephanopoulos, law professor Vance bluntly pointed out that the president is no constitutional scholar.

After watching a clip of Trump claiming unchecked power as president, Vance was asked what she thought of his claims.

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A self-described "lifestyle guru" and TV host is coming under fire after she raged on Twitter about problems purchasing items at Target.

In a tweet on Saturday, Meaghan Mooney demanded Target "make good" after she was not able to immediately purchase a cart filled with goods.

"I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY???" Mooney wrote. "And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?!"

Hey @Target — I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY??? And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?! #Target pic.twitter.com/4KQTtdNv0M

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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