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‘Inherently corrupt’: Rep. Justin Amash whacks Trump again — and explains how he’s abused his power

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) on Thursday took another whack at President Donald Trump’s actions while in office, while calling the president’s efforts to obstruct justice “inherently corrupt.”

In a lengthy tweetstorm, Amash explained how special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election describes “a consistent effort by the president to use his office to obstruct or otherwise corruptly impede the Russian election interference investigation because it put his interests at risk.”

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Amash then argued that Trump was clearly trying to stop investigations that would go on the implicate many of his associates, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and estranged “fixer” Michael Cohen.

“The investigation threatened to uncover information, including criminal activity, that could put Trump’s interests at risk,” he wrote. “Ultimately, the investigation did uncover very unflattering information about the president, his family, his associates, his campaign, and his business.”

Amash also documented how Trump sent signals to his associates through his own public statements urging them not to cooperate or be truthful with investigators — and he pointed out that these signals delivered results.

“Manafort ultimately breached an agreement to cooperate with investigators, and Cohen offered false testimony to Congress, including denying that the Trump Tower Moscow project had extended to June 2016 and that he and Trump had discussed traveling to Russia during the campaign,” he wrote. “Both men have been convicted for offering false information, and Manafort’s lack of cooperation left open some significant questions, such as why exactly he provided an associate in Ukraine with campaign polling data, which he expected to be shared with a Russian oligarch.”

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The bottom line, said Amash, is that “some of the president’s actions were inherently corrupt” and “other actions were corrupt — and therefore impeachable — because the president took them to serve his own interests.”

Read the whole tweetstorm below.


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‘Trump literally just confessed to the crime’: Pennsylvania Democrat

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Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) believes President Donald Trump confessed to bribing or extorting Ukraine in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president told reporters Monday morning at the United Nations that he had withheld foreign aid from Ukraine as he discussed alleged corruption involving Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

"It's very important to talk about corruption," Trump. "If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?...It's very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption."

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Trump’s jumbled response to Ukraine scandal is a strong signal of what’s to come: columnist

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On Monday, President Donald Trump denied allegations that he extorted the president of Ukraine for information about Joe Biden. “It’s a ridiculous story,” Trump said during an appearance at the United Nations.

The controversy emerged after an anonymous whistleblower in the intelligence community logged a complaint with their agency about improper behavior by the president on a phone call with a foreign leader. “It’s a partisan whistleblower,” the president added.

Previously, the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani had traveled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Critics worry that during a conversation with the president of Ukraine about rooting out corruption in his country, Trump suggested he offer information about Biden in exchange for funding.

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FBI arrests far-right extremist who talked about ‘bombing a major U.S. news network’: report

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The FBI has arrested a member of the United States Army who allegedly talked about plans to carry out acts of violence in the U.S.

According to ABC News' Mike Levine, the arrested man "allegedly discussed plans to bomb a major U.S. news network, discussed traveling to Ukraine to fight with violent far-right group, and allegedly distributed info online on how to build bombs."

Levine also reports that the arrested man also made mention of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who made headlines during a recent primary debate by saying he wanted to confiscate AR-15s and AK-47s. It is not known at this time if the man made a direct threat to O'Rourke, however.

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