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Trump’s stonewalling of the Democrats is actually speeding the courts up to shoot him down: Ex-federal prosecutor

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In a column for Politico, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti explains that President Donald Trump and his legal team’s strategy to stonewall the Democrats and run out the clock by using the courts until after the election is backfiring spectacularly.

With Trump ignoring Congressional subpoenas, all but daring Democrats to take him in court, Mariotti claims the president will come to regret it because it could prompt impeachment hearings sooner rather than later.

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“In the space of three days this week, two federal judges ruled decisively in favor of Congress’ right to subpoena President Trump’s personal financial and business records,” he writes. “The speed of the decisions—unusual in complex federal litigation—demonstrates a significant flaw in the administration’s ‘fight all the subpoenas’ strategy. More importantly, it suggests that Trump’s strategy of categorically fighting all Congressional subpoenas will undermine his ability to stonewall Congress in subsequent cases.”

According to the ex-prosecutor, Trump is doomed because the Constitution could not be clearer about how the government is supposed to work.

“Trump’s argument is doomed to fail in the courts because the constitution gives the House the ‘full Power of Impeachment’ and it could not exercise that authority without investigating presidential wrongdoing,” he explained. “If Trump’s team is not alarmed by the speed and sweeping nature (not to mention the almost dismissive tone) of the two judgments against the president, it should be. Trump’s strategy on a variety of fronts has been to take extreme positions denying Congressional authority to investigate the presidency.”

“The Achilles heel of Trump’s strategy is that his extreme positions are not fact-specific or nuanced and are easily disposed of as legally groundless,” he elaborated, adding, “If Trump continues down this path—over former White House counsel Don McGahn’s refusal to appear before the House Judiciary, for example—expect to see more swift rulings swatting down his legal arguments in the coming weeks and months. No court is going to rule that the Executive Branch can categorically refuse to produce evidence and witnesses from a criminal investigation of the president of the United States from the House of Representatives.”

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He then advised Trump’s adviser’s to re-think what they are doing if they hope to succeed because they could be accelerating presidential impeachment hearings.

“His strategy is not only generating adverse results quickly, but it could very well convince a court that he is acting in bad faith,” he suggested. “If that happens, the House could get the courts to do what it is ill-equipped to do itself—enforce compliance with Congressional subpoenas.”

“That could get Congressional investigations, or even an impeachment inquiry, off the ground,” he concluded.

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‘It’s treachery if not treason’: Harvard’s Laurence Tribe destroys Trump’s claim he’s above the law

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Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The host played a notorious clip of Trump.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay? It’s like incredible," Trump argued.

"And now he has gone beyond that," O'Donnell noted. "Now the president is sayin, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I cannot be prosecuted for that crime. Or any crime.'"

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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